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REGULARLY HELD MARKETS

M0nday to Saturday (8.00am – 1.00pm)
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni – Taormina
Small market hall with stands of fruit, meat, fish, cheese and flowers

Every Wednesday (8.00am – 1.00pm)
Via Leonardo Da Vinci and via Wilhelm Von Gloeden – Taormina
eekly market with stands of shoes, clothes, households items, fruit, vegetables and more.

Monday to Saturday (5.00am – 12.00pm)
Behind Piazza Duomo – Catania
Famous fish market located in a pictoresque setting. Fish, meet, cheese and veg presented by enthusiastic market criers. Good restaurants all around.

 

PERMANENT MUSEUMS

Casa del Cinema
Museum that hosts posters and photographs of the film shot in Taormina. It is open every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Free entrance
It hosts the ticket office of the Fondazione Taormina Arte, where it is possible to purchase the tickets for most of the events held at the Ancient Theatre and at the Odeon
Address: Corso Umberto I n. 63 – Mobile: 0039 391 746 2146 – www.facebook.com/casadelcinemataormina

 

 

JANUARY 

January 1/9 – Exhibition “Venite Adoremus” – Museo di Arti e Tradizioni Popolari

January 1/16 – Exhibition “Dialoghi Siciliani” – Ex Chiesa del Carmine AND Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

January 1 – March 8 – Exhibition “AVVICINàTI AMICI, c’è BUSACCA” – Ex Chiesa Sant’Agostino

January 1/14 – Exhibition “I 100 anni di Turi Ferro” – Casa del Cinema

Saturday 1 – New Year’s Concert by the Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Congress Hall @ 7.00pm

Saturday 1 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Sunday 2 – Welcome 2022 – Concert by the Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Ancient Theatre @ 11.30am

Sunday 2 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Io sono Babbo Natale” (ITA) – Casa del Cinema

Sunday 2 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Monday 3 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Io sono Babbo Natale” (ITA) – Casa del Cinema

Tuesday 4 – Chorus of the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini – Cathedral of Taormina @7.30pm

Tuesday 4 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Io sono Babbo Natale” (ITA) – Casa del Cinema

Tuesday 4 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Wednesday 5 – The Fairy Forest – Florence Trevelyan Public Gardens of Taormina @11.00am

Wednesday 5 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Io sono Babbo Natale” (ITA) – Casa del Cinema

Wednesday 5 – Book presentation accompanied by the string quintet of the Teatro Massimo V. Bellini Orchestra – Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano @ 5.00pm

Wednesday 5 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Thursday 6 – The Fairy Forest – Florence Trevelyan Public Gardens of Taormina @11.00am and @ 12.00 Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Thursday 6 – Docu film “Turi Ferro. L’ultimo prospero” – Casa del Cinema

Thursday 6 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Friday 7 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Cry Macho – Ritorno a casa” – Casa del Cinema

Saturday 8 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Cry Macho – Ritorno a casa” – Casa del Cinema

Sunday 9 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Cry Macho – Ritorno a casa” – Casa del Cinema

 

APRIL

Saturday 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 30 – Sound of Peace for Ukraine – Ancient Theatre at 5.00pm

Saturday 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

 

 

MAY

Monday 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 18 – “Ciao Franco… over and over again” Homage to Franco Battiato – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

 

JUNE

June 1-7 – Night  opening of the Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 10 – Night  opening of the Ancient Theatre

Friday 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 11 – Il Volo – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 12 – Il Volo – Ancient Theatre

Monday 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 14 till September 14 – Exhibition “Umiltà e Splendore” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Wednesday 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

16/20 – TAOBUK, Taormina Book Festival

Friday 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

1Saturday 18 – Taobuk gala evening – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 19 – “Greater Twin Cities Young Synphonies” Simphonic Concert – Ancient Theatre

Monday 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 25 – Silver Ribbons Awards – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

from Sunday 26th June to Saturday 2nd July – 68° Taormina Film Festival – Various locations

Sunday Jume 26 -Taormina Film Fest > Il Padrino – Ancient Theatre

Monday 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Thursday 30 – Taormina Film Fest > Minions 2 – Ancient Theatre

 

 

JULY

1 July till September 14 – Exhibition “Umiltà e Splendore” – Palazzo Ciampoli

1-2nd July – 68° Taormina Film Festival – Various locations

Friday 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 2 – Taormina Film Fest > Ennio – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 8 – “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo – Ancient Theatre

Friday 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 10 – Galà lirico with Pretty Yende, Orchestra of the Teatro Bellini of Catania – Ancient Theatre

Monday 11 – Jethro Tull – Ancient Theatre

Monday 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 12 – Simple Minds – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Thursday 14 – Achille Lauro – Ancient Theatre

July 15 / September 30 – Exhibition “Forme” by Giuseppe Cuccio – Casa del Cinema

Friday 15 – Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Ancient Theatre

Friday 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 16 – Opera in Jazz with Danilo Rea – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 17 – 16° Premio Cinematografico delle Nazioni, homage to Sebastiano Tusa – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 18 – Mahmood – Ancient Theatre

Monday 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 19 – Thom Yorke with Jonny Greenwood in “The Smile” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 20 – Thom Yorke with Jonny Greenwood in “The Smile” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 22 – Alberto Urso – Ancient Theatre

Friday 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 23 – Taomoda Awards – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 24 – Gazzelle – Ancient Theatre

Monday 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 27 – Paolo Nutini – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 29 – Roberto Bolle and Friends – Ancient Theatre

Friday 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 31 – Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Ancient Theatre

 

AUGUST 2022

1 August till September 14 – Exhibition “Umiltà e Splendore” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Monday 1 –  Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisted – Ancient Theatre

Monday 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 2 – Ennio Morricone Tribute – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 3 – The Sicilian Simphonic Orchestra in “The Queen” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Thursday 4 – Brunori SAS – Ancient Theatre

Friday 5 – Jimmy Sax and the Symphonic Dance Orchestra – Ancient Theatre

Friday 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 6 –  Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 7 – International Guitar Night – Ancient Theatre

Monday 8 – Giorgia – Ancient Theatre

Monday 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 9 – Caarmen by George Bizet – Ancient Theatre

August 10-17 – Night opening of the Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 19 – La Traviata – Ancient Theatre

Friday 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 21 – Aida – Ancient Theatre

Monday 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 23 – “The Four Seasons of Vivaldi”, Opus Ballet Company – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 24 – “Cassandra, Ilio in fiamme” a Play by Ass. Culurale Kairos – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Thursday 25 – “Cassandra, Ilio in fiamme” a Play by Ass. Culurale Kairos – Ancient Theatre

August 26 – Tommaso Paradiso – Ancient Theatre

Friday 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 27 – Antonello Venditti and Francesco De Gregori – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 28 – Antonello Venditti and Francesco De Gregori – Ancient Theatre

Monday 29 – Renzo Arbore and the Italian Orchestra – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 30 – La Boheme bu G. Puccini – Ancient Theatre

Wednasday 31 – Preludes – Ballet on the Preludes by Chopin Debussy, Bach and Rachmaninov – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 31 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

 

SEPTEMBER 2022

1-14 September – Exhibition “Umiltà e Splendore” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Thursday 1 – Louis Tomlinson – Ancient Theatre

Friday 2 – Concert of Gilda Buttà, musics by Ennio Morricone – Ancient Theatre

Friday 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 3 – “Cori da Opere” by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 4 – Carmen Consoli – Ancient Theatre

Monday 5 – Elisa – Ancient Theatre

Monday 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 6 – “La misteriosa fiamma della regina Loana” by Umberto Eco – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 7 – “La misteriosa fiamma della regina Loana” by Umberto Eco – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Thursday 8 – Award “La Maschera del Teatro Italiano” – Ancient Theatre

Friday 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 10 – Nella Magia delle Fiabe – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 11 – Una Ragazza per il Cinema – Ancient Theatre

Monday 12 – Maurizio Battista – Ancient Theatre

Monday 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Tuesday 13 – Drusilla Foer in Eleganzissima – Ancient Theatre

September 14-15 – Night Opening of the Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Sunday 18 – Francesco Gabbani – Ancient Theatre

September 19-20 – Night Opening of the Ancient Theatre

Monday 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 24 – Marco Masini – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 24 – Sanremo, 70 anni di sogno – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 25 – Umberto Tozzi – Ancient Theatre

Monday 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

 

OCTOBER 2022

Saturday 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Monday 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Wednesday 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Friday 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

Saturday 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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6 8 t h  T A O R M I N A   F I L M   F E S T

Ennio

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 2nd July 2022 @ 8.45 pm

 

A definitive portrait of Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer responsible for some of the most memorable film scores of all time.
(source: https://player.bfi.org.uk/rentals/film/watch-ennio-2021-online)

This documentary about the composer Ennio Morricone is “exhaustive and rather exhausting”, said Ed Potton in The Times. Morricone, who died in 2020 aged 91, wrote more than 400 film scores, and “it feels as though each is covered in detail over two-and-a-half reverent hours”. What director Giuseppe Tornatore (who worked with Morricone on Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) mainly brings us is “thoroughness”: with commentary from talking heads – including Clint Eastwood and Bruce Springsteen – and an interview with the composer himself, Tornatore munches steadily through Morricone’s career, analysing his scores, ranging from A Fistful of Dollars to The Mission.
(source: https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/film/956579/film-review-ennio)

 

Tickets on oooh.events – € 13,00

 

 

MORE INFO

www.taorminafilmfest.it

www.facebook.com/taofilmfest

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

EXHIBITION

Umiltà e Splendore.

L’arte nei conventi cappuccini del Valdemone tra Controriforma e Barocco

Palazzo Ciampoli, from June 14th to September 14 2022

Opening hours: everyday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Free entrance

The exhibition will show half-known or even never exhibited works from remote hermitages, rarely open churches, sacristies and museum warehouses of Sicily.

The pieces of art are borrowed by the MuMe (Interdisciplinary Regional Museum) of Messina, the Fra ‘Gianmaria da Tusa Museum in Gibilmanna, the Zelantea Art Gallery in Acireale, the Civic Museum of Castroreale and the convents of Adrano, Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Castroreale, Catania, Francavilla of Sicily, Gibilmanna, Messina, Milazzo, Mistretta, Naso, Pettineo, Randazzo, Tortorici, Tusa and Troina. Among the artist- the best known names are Scipione Pulzone, Durante Alberti, Giovanni Lanfranco, Mathias Stomer, Guglielmo Borremans, Onofrio Gabrieli, Giacinto Platania and the Feliciano da Messina and Umile da Messina friars.

PRESS RELEASE (IN iTALIAN)

WHERE TO STAY

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NIGHT OPENING OF THE ANCIENT THEATRE

Season 2022

In the following days the Theatre will be open from 9.00 am to 24.00 am. Last admission at 11.00 pm

The Antiquarium will be open as well: it displays a precious collection of epigraphs in Greek and Latin, a sarcophagus and a Praxitelean torso.

 

DATES:

  • June 1-7
  • June 10
  • August 10-17
  • September 14-15
  • September 19-20

 

MORE INFO

Parco Archeologico Naxos Taormina
www.parconaxostaormina.com – urp.parco.archeo.naxos@regione.sicilia.it
T. +39 0942 51.001 – +39 0942 628.738
Tickets: on site and online @ Aditus aditusculture.com
 
 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

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2021

 

JUNE

> 1-21 June – Photo Exhibition – Ex Church Del Carmine

> 10-25 June – Exhibition “La biblioteca araba ed altre scritture” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Saturday 12 June – Emma – Ancient Theatre

> 14-30 June – Exhibition “Le Metamorfosi” – Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

> 17-21 June – TAOBUK, Taormina Book Festival – 11th edition “Le Metamorfosi” – various locations

Saturday 19 – Taobuk Gala Opening – Ancient Theatre (free entrance upon reservation)

Saturday 26 June – Galà Lirico Voci di Sicilia – Ancient Theatre

> 27 June – 3 July – TAORMINA FILM FEST > FULL PROGRAM

Sunday 27 – TaorminaFF67 > Opening Ceremony – Film Screening “BOYS” – Ancient Theatre

Monday 28 – TaorminaFF67 > Film Screening “LA TERRA DEI FIGLI” – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 29 – TaorminaFF67 > Film Screening “OCCHI BLU” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 30 – TaorminaFF67 > Film Screening “PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY” – Ancient Theatre

 

JULY

Thursday 1 – TaorminaFF67 > Film Screening “THE ROSE MAKER” – Ancient Theatre

Friday 2 – TaorminaFF67 > Film Screening “BRONTE” – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 3 – TaorminaFF67 > Closing ceremony and award ceremony of the 67 Taormina Film Fest – Film Screening “SUMMER OF THE SOUL” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 14 – Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra Gioviale Cherubini” – Ancient Theatre

>> 16th July /1st August – Exhibition “Anima mundi. Il valore e la forza delle donne” – Ex Chiesa del Carmine

Friday 16 – TAOMODA Gala Evening – Ancient Theatre

>> 17th July / 14th November – Exhibition “Le Cento Sicilie” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Saturday 17 – Francesco De Gregori – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 24 – Giorgio Panariello – Ancient Theatre

>> 25th July / 5th November – Exhibition bu Umberto Mastroianni – Archaeological Area of Naxos and Isola Bella

Wednesday 28 – Mohammad Alshaikh in “Music from Jerusalem, signs of hope” – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 28 – La Pace seguirà – Odeon Theatre

Thursday 29 – Antonello Venditti – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 29 – La Pace seguirà – Odeon Theatre

Friday 30 – Antonello Venditti – Ancient Theatre

Friday 31 – EMOZIONI,  Viaggio tra le canzioni di Battisti e Mogol – Ancient Theatre

 

AUGUST

>> 16th July /1st August – Exhibition “Anima mundi. Il valore e la forza delle donne” – Ex Chiesa del Carmine

>> 1st August / 14th November – Exhibition “Le Cento Sicilie” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Sunday 1 – Lirica > La Traviata by G. Verdi – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 1 – Concerto per L’Etna – Odeon Theatre

Monday 2 – Concerto per L’Etna – Odeon Theatre

Tuesday 3 – Concert “Racconti di Gioventù” by Giuseppe Sinopoli – Cathedral of Taormina

Wednesday 4 – Les Italiens de l’Opera de Paris – Ancient Theatre

Thursday 5 – Fabrizio Moro – Ancient Theatre

Friday 6 – Diodato – Ancient Theatre

Friday 6 – Nel Ventre – Odeon Theatre

Monday 9 – Gli Imperi della Mente – Odeon Theatre

Tuesday 10 – Hjo Jazz Festival – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 10 – Gli Imperi della Mente – Odeon Theatre

Wednesday 11 – Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi – Ancient Theatre

Friday 13 – Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 14 – International Guitar Night – Ancient Theatre to be confirmed

Monday 16 – Le favole di Oscar Wilde – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 17 – Musa e Getta – Odeon Theatre

Wednesday 18 – Al passo coi Templi – Ancient Theatre

Thursday 19 – La Traviata e La Boheme Recital – Ancient Theatre

Thursday 19 – Ensemble Accademia Erard – Odeon Theatre

Friday 20 – Cavalleria Rusticana and Twelve Years later, the sequel – Ancient Thetre

Saturday 21 – Gianna Nannini – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 22 – Mario Biondi – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 24 – Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Public Gardens

Wednesday 25 – Taormina Opera Gala – Ancient Theatre

Friday 27 – Gigi D’Alessio – Ancient Theatre

Friday 27 – Il Fantasma dell’Opera – Odeon Theatre

Saturday 28 – COLAPESCEDIMARTINO – Ancient Theatre

Saturday 28 – Le confessioni di una donna- Odeon Theatre

Sunday 29 – I Tre tenori – Ancient Theatre

Monday 30 – Carl Brave – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 31 – Lirica > La Traviata by G. Verdi – Ancient Theatre

 

SEPTEMBER

>> 1st September / 14th November – Exhibition “Le Cento Sicilie” – Palazzo Ciampoli

Thursday 2 – Lo Schiaccianoci 2.0, Reminescence

Friday 3 – Belliniana – Odeon Theatre

September 4-23 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Casta Diva – Casa del Cinema

Saturday 4 – Mahmood – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 5 – Ermal Meta – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 5 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Casta Diva – Casa del Cinema

Monday 6 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “Norma” – Odeon Theatre

Tuesday 7- Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “La Straniera” – Odeon Theatre

Wednesday 8 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” – Odeon Theatre

Thursday 9 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “La Sonnambula” – Odeon Theatre

Saturday 11- Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “Beatrice di Tenda” – Odeon Theatre

Saturday 11 – I Tre Mondi di Me – Ancient Theatre to be confirmed

Sunday 12 – In viaggio con la musica… oltre lo spazio – Ancient Theatre to be confirmed

Sunday 12 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > projection of “I Puritani” – Odeon Theatre

Monday 13 – Enrico Brignano – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 14 – Madame – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 14 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Callas Forever – Odeon Theatre

Wednesday 15 – Sangiovanni – Ancient Theatre

Wednesday 15 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > La Sonnambula – Odeon Theatre

Thursday 16 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Casta Diva – Odeon Theatre

Friday 17 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Casa Ricordi – Odeon Theatre

Saturday 18 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Fitzcarraldo – Odeon Theatre

Sunday 19 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Maria by Callas – Odeon Theatre

Monday 20 – Zucchero “Sugar” Fornaciari – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 21 – Zucchero “Sugar” Fornaciari – Ancient Theatre

Tuesday 21 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Casta Diva – Casa del Cinema, 6.30 pm

Tuesday 21 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > The Divine Spark – Casa del Cinema, 8.30 pm

Wednesday 22 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Norma (1911 and 2005)

Thursday 23 – Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” > Marathon Casta Diva – Casa del Cinema, from 5.30 pm on

Friday 24 – Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Public Gardens @7.00 pm. Fee entrance, green pass required

Friday 26 – Alberto Urso – Ancient Theatre > postponed to 2022

Monday 27 – Sting – Ancient Theatre

 

OCTOBER

>> 1st October / 14th November – Exhibition “Le Cento Sicilie” – Palazzo Ciampoli

 

NOVEMBER

>> 1-14 November – Exhibition “Le Cento Sicilie” – Palazzo Ciampoli

 

DECEMBER

Full town program for Christmas

 

December 4 – January 9 – Exhibition “Venite Adoremus” – Muuseo di Arti e Tradizioni Popolari

December 5 – January 16 – Exhibition “Dialoghi Siciliani” – Ex Chiesa del Carmine AND Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

December 8 – March 8 – Exhibition “AVVICINàTI AMICI, c’è BUSACCA” – Ex Chiesa Sant’Agostino

December 10 – January 14 – Exhibition “I 100 anni di Turi Ferru” – Casa del Cinema

Saturday 18 – Christmas Concert – Church of Santa Caterina

Tuesday 21 – Christmas Dance – Congress Hall

Thursday 23 – A day with Santa – Piazza IX Aprile

Sunday 26 – Grand Christmas Concert by the Piccolo Coro Città di Taormina – Congress Hall

Sunday 26 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Madres Paralelas” – Casa del Cinema

Sunday 26 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Monday 27 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Madres Paralelas” – Casa del Cinema

Monday 27 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Tuesday 28 – Christams Carrols by the Laura Lo Re Trio – Church of Santa Caterina to be confirmed

Tuesday 28 – Christmas at the Cinema – “Madres Paralelas” – Casa del Cinema

Tuesday 28 – Christmas Concert by the Orchestra Mandolinistica Gioviale – Congress Hall

Wednesday 29 – Christmas at the Cinema – “E’ stata la mano di Dio” – Casa del Cinema

Wednesday 29 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Thursday 30 – Entertainment for kids – Taormina Public Garden Florence Trevelyan

Thursday 30 – Christmas at the Cinema – “E’ stata la mano di Dio” – Casa del Cinema

Thursday 30 – Living nativity, 17° ed. – Trappitello Cancelled due to new Covid restrictions

Thursday 30 – “Natale in Casa Cupiello” a play by Eduardo De filippo (in Italian) – Congress Hall

Friday 31 – THE LADIES, Wish you marry 2022 – Acient Theatre

 

MORE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN JANUARY 2022

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Living Presepe – Living Nativity Scene

… e la Luce brillò… Venite e vedete!

17th edition

From December 26th 2021 to January 9th 2022

Parrocchia Sacro Cuore di Gesù –Trappitello,  Taormina (ME)

Free Entrance

Face mask and super green pass required (only obtained by those who are vaccinated with two doses or who have recovered from covid)

 

During Christmas time in Italy, you are bound to come across cribs in homes and piazzas all over the country. Many cities also have a living crib, or a living nativity scene. It is thought that St. Francis hosted the first living nativity scene in 1223, sparking a tradition that continues in Italy to this day. Beginning on Christmas day, and running until January 6th, towns throughout Italy hold pageants to re-act the night of Jesus’ birth. Actors portray Mary, Joseph, the three Magi and other biblical figures from the gospel.

In Trappitello, peripherical area of Taormina, every year in Chrismas time, a Living Crib with more than 200 “actors” and “walk-ons” is organised. It is one of the most appreciated living cribs of Sicily counting 22.000/25.000 people visiting the event every year.

The location set is the huge garden of the old small church of Santa Venera with impressive old buildings such as an oil mill, a millstone, a mallet and a windmill.  While in a secluded and evocative place the Capanna della Natività is located, where the Holy Child is welcomed and warmed by the love of his parents, Maria and Giuseppe, and by a docile ox and a tender donkey.
In fact there are many and various animals “working” as extras in the crib – among which a majestic camel stands out.

On January 6th, according to tradition, the Three Wise Men (the Three Kings) will enter “Bethlehem”, bringing their gifts to Baby Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

At the exit of the Living Nativity there is the possibility to visit the ancient Church of S. Venera, admire a rich exhibition of Holy Jesus and taste typical products of our tradition.

 

Opening hours:
– 26 December – 5.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 27 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 29 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 30 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 1 January – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 2 January – 5.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 4 January – 5.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 5 January – 5.00pm / 8.30 pm
– 6 January – 5.00pm / 8.30 pm

 

How to get there:  Motorway A18 Messina/Catania, exit Taormina, Direction SS. 185 (statal road, blu sign),  500 metres from the motorway exit.
More info: T. +39 0942/50210 – M. +39 339/8320324 and +39 349/4289961 – presepetrappitello@gmail.com

FB: Presepe Vivente di Trappitello
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CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION

Dialoghi Sciliani

A collective of contemporary art cured by Matteo Galbiati

Ex Chiesa del Carmine AND Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, from December 5th 2021 to January 16th 2022

Opening hours: 10.00am – 7.00pm. Closed on Monday

Free Entrance

Face mask and green pass required

 

Two sites for thw faces of the Exhibition

  • Dimensione astratta, un orizzonte sensibile
    Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

    • Participating artists at “Dimensione astratta, un orizzonte sensibile”:Alessio Barchitta, Mario Consiglio, Roberto Floreani, Cesare Galluzzo, Monica Gorini, Marco Grimaldi, Silvia Inselvini, Gabriele Landi, Antonio Marchetti Lamera, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Piero Mascetti, Edoardo Modenese, Gianfranco Notargiacomo, Nuovi Lirici (Valerio Anceschi, Roberto Casiraghi, Misia De Angelis, Alessandro Fieschi, Ayako Nakamiya, Pietro Pasquali, Rossella Rapetti, Tetsuro Shimizu, Valdi Spagnulo), Gianluca Patti, Enzo Rovella, Giuseppe Salvatori, Enzo Tardia
  • Corpo emotivo, un luogo di incontro
    Ex Chiesa del Carmine

    • Participating artists at “Corpo emotivo, un luogo di incontro”:Alberto Abate, Natale Addamiano, Lidia Bachis, Giuseppe Biagi, Claudio Bonichi, Aurelio Bulzatti, Jean Calogero, Salvatore Caputo, Alberto Castelli, Antonella Cinelli, Marco Colazzo, Aldo Damioli, Tamara Ferioli, Daniele Galliano, Gavino Ganau, Sergio Giannotta, Paolo Giorgi, Piero Guccione, Giuseppe Guzzone, Felice Levini, Enrico Lombardi, Ignazio Mazzeo, Lillo Messina, Marco Minotti, Gianmarco Montesano, Franco Mulas, Maurizio Pometti, Gioacchino Pontrelli, Salvatore Pulvirenti, Angelo Zanella

Project and organization: Catania Art Gallery, Catania – Palermo

Edited by Matteo Galbiati, with Serena Filippini and Alice Vangelisti

In collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di Brescia Santa Giulia

With the patronage of Assessorato Regionale alla Cultura e Identità Siciliana, Città di Taormina, Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania

 

 

MORE INFO

Catania Art Gallery – cataniaartgallery@libero.it

Film Festival “Dolente Immagine”

A cycle of screenings dedicated to Vincenzo Bellini, the great Sicilian composer who lived in the early 1800s

Odeon Theatre (Via Teatrino Greco) and Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto 61), September 4-23, 2021

 

FREE ENTRANCE but registration needed at
http://reg.spendingvbk.it/ProgrammaBellini.html
– QRcode on the manifesto
– Mobile/WhatsApp 0039 3917462146 (10.00am-1.00pm and 5.00-8.00pm)

GREEN PASS REQUIRED

 

Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” 2021

CASA DEL CINEMA

Corso Umberto n. 61 – Opening hours: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Permanent exhibition “Dolente Immagine” till October 31st 2021
Video: https://www.facebook.com/fondazionetaorminartesicilia/videos/541505000413191 

 

CASA DEL CINEMA, 8.30 pm – The films

Saturday 4
Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

Sunday 5
Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri

 

ODEON THEATRE, 8.30 pm – Operas at the Cinema

Monday 6 > Projection of “Norma
Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Recorded at the Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” of Catania in 2005

Tuesday 7 > Projection of “La Straniera
Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Recorded t the Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” of Catania in 2017.
Direction: Andrea Cigni, Maestro: Sebastiano Rolli
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_straniera

Wednesday 8 > Projection of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Thursday 9 > Projection of “La Sonnambula

Saturday 11 > projection of “Beatrice di Tenda

Sunday 12 > projection of “I Puritani

 

ODEON THEATRE, 6.30 pm – The films

Tuesday 14
Callas Forever (ITA 2002, 111′) by Franco Zefirelli, with Fanny Ardant, Jeromy Irons
A 2002 biographical film, an homage to Zeffirelli’s friend, internationally acclaimed opera diva Maria Callas, whom he directed on stage in Norma, La traviata, and Tosca. It was his last film before his death in 2019.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callas_Forever

Wednesday 15
La Sonnambula (ITA 1952, 85′) by Cesare Barlacchi, with Gino Sirimberghi, Franca Tamantini

Thursday 16
Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

Friday 15
Casa Ricordi (ITA 1954, 11a’) by Carmine Gallone with Paola Stoppa, Maurice Ronet, Fosco Giachetti
The story of the family Ricordi

Saturday 18
Fitzcarraldo (GER 1982, 158′) by Werner Herzog, with Klaus Kinsky, Claudia Cardinale
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzcarraldo

Sunday 19
Maria by Callas (FRA 2017, 113′) by Tom Volf. A documentary with Maria Callas
A documentary film about the life and career of opera singer Maria Callas. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Her letters and unpublished memoirs are read by opera singer Joyce DiDonato.

 

CASA DEL CINEMA

Tuesday 21, 6.30 pm
Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri

Tuesday 21, 8.30 pm
The Divine Spark (UK 1935, 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Philip Holmes. Original version

Wednesday 22, 8.30 pm
Norma (ITA 1911, 11′)

followed by

Norma (ITA 2005, 120′) by Boris Airapetian, with Hasmik Papian, Gegam Grigorian

Thursday 23, 5.00 pm
5.00 pm > Vincenzo Bellini in the film history. Meeting with Franco La Magna
6.00 pm > Norma (ITA 1911, 11′)
6.30 pm > Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri
8.30 pm > The Divine Spark (UK 1935, 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Philip Holmes. Original version
10.30 pm > Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

 

MORE INFO
Vincenzo Bellini (Catania 1801 – Puteaux 1835)
Fondazione Taormina Arte > www.taormina-arte.com – www.facebook.com/fondazionetaorminartesicilia

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

Rigoletto

an Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Ancient Theatre, Friday 13th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

Placido Domingo > conductor
Leo Nucci > direction
Carlo Centolavigna > scenes
Artemio Cabassi > costumes
Antonio Alaril > lights
Luigi Petrozziello > Conductor of the Chorus
Orchestra and Chorus > Teatro Bellini of Catania

 

CAST
Leo Nucci > Rigoletto
Federica Guida > Gilda
Stefan Pop > The Duke of Mantova (Mantua)
Antonio Di Matteo > Sparafucile
Anastasia Boldyreva > Maddalena
Maria Russo > Giovanna
Alessandro Busi > Monterone
Dario Giorgelè > Marullo
Dave Monaco > Borsa
Claudio Levantino>  Conte di Ceprano
Fulvia Mastrobuono > Il paggio

 

TICKETS on boxol

Gallery: € 62,00
Cavea (upper circle): € 32,00

 

IMPORTANT

If you are staying in a Sicilian accommodation (hotel, B&B, apartment, camping, etc.) you can get ONE FREE TICKET FOR EACH TICKET PURCHASED.
Ask the reception of your accommodation to send an email of accreditation to botteghino@teatromassimobellini.it (Ph. +39 095/7306135) then collect the tickets at the ticket office of the Ancient Theatre between 7.30 and 8.30 PM of the day. If you arrive later, you will have to pay for both.

 

 

Synopsis

Place: Mantua
Time: the sixteenth century

Act 1

Scene 1: Mantua. A magnificent hall in the ducal palace. Doors at the back open into other rooms, splendidly lit up. A crowd of lords and ladies in grand costumes are seen walking about in the rear rooms; page boys come and go. The festivities are at their height. Music is heard from offstage. The Duke and Borsa enter from a door in the back.

Act 1, scene 1: Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse
At a ball in his palace, the Duke sings of a life of pleasure with as many women as possible, and mentions that he particularly enjoys cuckolding his courtiers: “Questa o quella” (“This woman or that”). He mentions to Borsa that he has seen an unknown beauty in church and desires to possess her, but he also wishes to seduce the Countess of Ceprano. Rigoletto, the Duke’s hunchbacked court jester, mocks the husbands of the ladies to whom the Duke is paying attention, including the Count Ceprano. He humorously advises the Duke to get rid of Count Ceprano by prison, exile, or death. The Duke laughs indulgently, but Ceprano is not amused. Marullo, one of the guests at the ball, informs the courtiers that Rigoletto has a “lover”, which astonishes them. (Marullo is not aware that the “lover” is actually Rigoletto’s daughter.) The courtiers, at Ceprano’s suggestion, resolve to take vengeance on Rigoletto for making fun of them. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the elderly Count Monterone, whose daughter the Duke had seduced. Rigoletto provokes him further by making fun of his helplessness to avenge his daughter’s honor. Monterone confronts the Duke, and is immediately arrested by the Duke’s guards. Before being led off to prison, Monterone curses both the Duke for the attack on his daughter and Rigoletto for having mocked his righteous anger. The curse terrifies Rigoletto, who believes the popular superstition that an old man’s curse has real power.

Act 1, scene 2 stage set by Giuseppe Bertoja for the world premiere of Rigoletto
Scene 2: The end of a dead-end street. On the left, a house of discreet appearance with one small courtyard surrounded by walls. In the yard there is one tall tree and a marble seat; in the wall, a door that leads to the street; above the wall, a terrace supported by arches. The second floor door opens on to the said terrace, which can also be reached by a staircase in front. To the right of the street is the very high wall of the garden and a side of the Ceprano palace. It is night.

Preoccupied with the old man’s curse, Rigoletto approaches the house where he is concealing his daughter from the world and is accosted by the assassin Sparafucile, who walks up to him and offers his services. Rigoletto declines for the moment, but leaves open the possibility of hiring Sparafucile later, should the need arise. Sparafucile wanders off, after repeating his own name a few times. Rigoletto contemplates the similarities between the two of them: “Pari siamo!” (“We are alike!”); Sparafucile kills men with his sword, and Rigoletto uses “a tongue of malice” to stab his victims. Rigoletto opens a door in the wall and embraces his daughter Gilda. They greet each other warmly: “Figlia!” “Mio padre!” (“Daughter!” “My father!”). Rigoletto has been concealing his daughter from the Duke and the rest of the city, and she does not know her father’s occupation. Since he has forbidden her to appear in public, she has been nowhere except to church and does not even know her own father’s name.

When Rigoletto has gone, the Duke appears and overhears Gilda confess to her nurse Giovanna that she feels guilty for not having told her father about a young man she had met at the church. She says that she fell in love with him, but that she would love him even more if he were a student and poor. As she declares her love, the Duke enters, overjoyed. Gilda, alarmed, calls for Giovanna, unaware that the Duke had given her money to go away. Pretending to be a student, the Duke convinces Gilda of his love: “È il sol dell’anima” (“Love is the sunshine of the soul”). When she asks for his name, he hesitantly calls himself Gualtier Maldè. Hearing sounds and fearing that her father has returned, Gilda sends the Duke away after they quickly trade vows of love: “Addio, addio” (“Farewell, farewell”). Alone, Gilda meditates on her love for the Duke, whom she believes is a student: “Gualtier Maldè!… Caro nome che il mio cor” (“Dearest name”).

Later, Rigoletto returns: “Riedo!… perché?” (“I’ve returned!… why?”), while the hostile courtiers outside the walled garden (believing Gilda to be the jester’s mistress, unaware she is his daughter) get ready to abduct the helpless girl. They tell Rigoletto that they are actually abducting the Countess Ceprano. He sees that they are masked and asks for a mask for himself; while they are tying the mask onto his face, they also blindfold him. Blindfolded and deceived, he holds the ladder steady while they climb up to Gilda’s room: Chorus: “Zitti, zitti” (“Softly, softly”). With her father’s unknowing assistance Gilda is carried away by the courtiers. Left alone, Rigoletto removes his mask and blindfold, and realizes that it was in fact Gilda who was carried away. He collapses in despair, remembering the old man’s curse.

Act 2

A room in the ducal palace. There are doors on both sides as well as a larger one at the far end by the sides of which hang full length portraits of the Duke and his wife. There is one high-backed chair at a table covered with velvet and other furnishings.

The Duke is concerned that Gilda has disappeared: “Ella mi fu rapita!” (“She was stolen from me!”) and “Parmi veder le lagrime” (“I seem to see tears”). The courtiers then enter and inform him that they have captured Rigoletto’s mistress: Chorus: “Scorrendo uniti” (“We went together at nightfall”). By their description, he recognizes it to be Gilda and rushes off to the room where she is held: “Possente amor mi chiama” (“Mighty love beckons me”). Rigoletto enters singing and feigning nonchalance, but also looking anxiously for any trace of Gilda, whom he fears may have fallen into the hands of the Duke. The courtiers pretend not to notice his anxiety, but quietly laugh at him with each other. A page boy arrives with a message from the Duke’s wife – the Duchess wishes to speak to her husband – but the courtiers reply suggestively that the Duke cannot be disturbed at the moment. Rigoletto realizes this must mean that Gilda is with the Duke. To the courtiers’ surprise, he reveals that Gilda is his daughter. He first demands, then tearfully pleads with the courtiers to return her to him: “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” (“Accursed race of courtiers”). Rigoletto attempts to run into the room in which Gilda is being held, but the courtiers block his way. After a time, Gilda enters, and Rigoletto orders the courtiers to leave him alone with her. The courtiers leave the room, believing Rigoletto has gone mad. Gilda describes to her father what has happened to her in the palace: “Tutte le feste al tempio” (“On all the holy days”) and he attempts to console her. Monterone is led across the room on the way to prison and pauses in front of the portrait of the Duke to regret that his curse on the libertine has had no effect. As the guards lead Monterone away, Rigoletto mutters that the old man is mistaken; he, Rigoletto, the dishonored buffoon, shall make thunder and lightning rain from heaven onto the offender’s head. He repeats this vow as Gilda pleads for mercy for her lover the Duke: Duet:”Sì! Vendetta, tremenda vendetta!” (“Yes! Revenge, terrible revenge!”).

 

Act 3

The right bank of the river Mincio. On the left is a two-story house, half ruined. Through a large arch on the ground floor a rustic tavern can be seen as well as a rough stone staircase that leads to an attic room with a small bed which is in full view as there are no shutters. In the wall downstairs that faces the street is a door that opens to the inside. The wall is so full of holes and cracks that everything that happens inside is easily seen from the exterior. At the back of the stage are deserted areas by the river which flows behind a parapet that has half collapsed into ruins. Beyond the river is Mantua. It is night. Gilda and Rigoletto, both uneasy, are standing in the road; Sparafucile is seated at a table in the tavern.

A portion of Sparafucile’s house is seen, with two rooms open to the view of the audience. Rigoletto and Gilda arrive outside. The Duke’s voice can be heard from inside, singing “La donna è mobile” (“Woman is fickle”). Sparafucile’s sister, Maddalena, has lured him to the house. Rigoletto and Gilda listen from outside as the Duke flirts with Maddalena. Gilda laments that the Duke is unfaithful; Rigoletto assures her that he is arranging revenge: “Bella figlia dell’amore” (“Beautiful daughter of love”).

Rigoletto orders Gilda to put on a man’s clothes to prepare to leave for Verona and tells her that he plans to follow later. After she leaves, he completes his bargain with the assassin, who is ready to murder his guest for 20 scudi. Rigoletto then withdraws.

With falling darkness, a thunderstorm approaches and the Duke decides to spend the rest of the night in the house. Sparafucile directs him to the upstairs sleeping quarters, resolving to kill him in his sleep.

Gilda, who still loves the Duke despite knowing him to be unfaithful, returns dressed as a man and stands outside the house. Maddalena, who is smitten with the Duke, begs Sparafucile to spare his life: “È amabile invero cotal giovinotto/ Ah, più non ragiono!”. Sparafucile reluctantly promises her that if by midnight another victim can be found, he will kill the other instead of the Duke. Gilda, overhearing this exchange, resolves to sacrifice herself for the Duke, and enters the house: “Trio: Se pria ch’abbia il mezzo la notte toccato”. Sparafucile stabs her and she collapses, mortally wounded.

At midnight, when Rigoletto arrives with money, he receives a corpse wrapped in a sack, and rejoices in his triumph. Weighting it with stones, he is about to cast the sack into the river when he hears the voice of the Duke, sleepily singing a reprise of his “La donna è mobile” aria. Bewildered, Rigoletto opens the sack and, to his despair, discovers his dying daughter. For a moment, she revives and declares she is glad to die for her beloved: “V’ho ingannato” (“Father, I deceived you”). She dies in his arms. Rigoletto cries out in horror: “La maledizione!” (“The curse!”)[22]

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta