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Macerata Opera Festival 2018

#verdesperanza from 20 July to 12 August

The 2018 theme is #verdesperanza.
The main issues threaded into our next summer festival are connected with a green, clean environment and sustainability, with planting the seeds of a better future through the art of hope. Our aim is to build strong ties with other bodies and institutions working on these issues, building a dialogue on sustainability and bringing together culture, nature and the community.

Il flauto magico

  • 20 and 29 July, 4 and 12 August 2018
  • The Magic Flute by Mozart is a Singspiel (i.e. an opera with spoken dialogues), with music and scenes touching upon humour and fantasy, but also drama and ethics. Its characters can be interpreted literally but also metaphorically: thus, the Queen of the Night (seen in the impressive aria ” Der Hölle Rache”) is a wicked and vengeful mother but she is also a symbol of obscurantism; Continue reading (more...)

    L’elisir d’amore

  • 21 and 27 July, 5 and 10 August 2018
  • His name is Nemorino (hormone-ridden, little brain, big heart), her name is Adina (shrewd and seductive, but all in all a gentle soul), the other’s name is Belcore (big mouth, slightly rude) and the fourth one is Dulcamara (a true swindler, who is nonetheless harmless). All four are observed through the eyes of a choir, occasionally laid-back or gossipy, to complete the picture of one of the most delicate and tender musical comedies in history. Continue reading (more...)

    La traviata

  • 22 and 28 July, 3 and 11 August 2018
  • No opera is more contemporary and better suited to denounce the evils of conformity than Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave). It shows how sweet can spontaneous love be, as between passionate Alfredo (“De’ miei bollenti spiriti”) and dreamy, shy Violetta (“È strano, è strano… Sempre libera”). It denounces the relentless force of conformist thinking, attached by Germont to values he himself falls prey to (“Pura siccome un angelo”) Continue reading (more...)

    Creative ideas wanted for #verdesperanza! Send your proposal for Macerata 4.0, an international competition for contemporary musical theatre projects.

    The competition is open to all forms of musical theatre (opera, musical, installation art, performances, audiovisual projects, dance, video art, etc.) with a strong musical element and a connection with the MOF 2018 theme: #verdesperanza. (more...)
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    Festival Off

    Macerata dresses up for the Sferisterio

    Opera everywhere and accessible to everyone in the streets, in the courtyards and under the arcades of the palaces of the historical city centre of Macerata: Festival OFF let the music walk around town, developing a conversation between the Sferisterio and the territory. The belcanto comes out of its temple and lives the city with conferences, recitals, exhibitions and aperitifs about the characters from the main titles of the season. The most important event, La Notte dell’Opera, transforms Macerata into a huge stage where over 50 thousand visitors become the protagonists of the largest show of the summer. (more on Festival Off…)

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