Macerata Opera Festival 2024

from 19 July to 11 August , the Arena Sferisterio pays homage to Giacomo Puccini with Turandot and La bohème. The 60th anniversary of the opera season is celebrated with Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

Ballet is back this year, with Notte Morricone by Marcos Morau, in collaboration with Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto. The programme also features a gala concert and Carmina burana

Artists include Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Valerio Galli, sopranos Ruth Iniesta, Roberta Mantegna, Mariangela Sicilia and Marta Torbidoni; tenors Yusif Eyvazov, Antonio Poli and Angelo Villari; baritones Mario Cassi and Lodovico Filippo Ravizza.

Stage Directors: Paco Azorín, Maria Mauti and Leo Muscato

Tickets on sale from 19 December, 2023. At the box office in Macerata and online

“…there’s a moon and she’s our neighbour here…” these verses from Puccini’s La Bohème define the thread running through the programme of the Macerata Opera Festival for 2024, designed by General Manager Flavio Cavalli and the newly-appointed Artistic Director Paolo Gavazzeni. From 19 July to 11 August, Turandot and La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, plus Norma by Vincenzo Bellini, i.e. three masterpieces of the repertoire, will be on stage. Two by the Tuscan composer on the 100th anniversary of his death, and a third one to celebrate the 60th opera season held in Macerata’s iconic monument. It is a not-to-be-missed event of primary importance for the town itself and the whole Marche region.

The Moon, that casts her light on the audience inside the Sferisterio, on summer nights, with the amazing acoustics of the venue, is the thread that runs through the verses and the settings of all three operas: a dreamlike Oriental Moon shines on Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, the same silvery light illuminates the faces of Rodolfo and Mimì, and the Moon is evoked by the priestess in Bellini’s Norma.

TURANDOT

Lyric drama in three acts by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor Francesco Ivan Ciampa
Stage direction Paco Azorín

NORMA

Lyric tragedy in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Stage direction Maria Mauti

LA BOHÈME 

Lyric tragedy in two acts by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor Valerio Galli
Stage direction Leo Muscato re-staging  by Alessandra De Angelis

NOTTE DI LUNA

Gala concert for the 60th opera season at Sferisterio
Conductor Michelangelo Mazza

NOTTE MORRICONE

Choreographies Marcos Morau
Music Ennio Morricone
Music direction and adaptation Maurizio Billi

CARMINA BURANA 

Cantiones profanae. Cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis
by Carl Orff
Conductor Andrea Battistoni

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