categoria exibitions

(in update)

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

Saturday 2 – Cassandra, Ilio in Fiamme – Ancient Theatre to be confirmed

 

NOVEMBER

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

2022

JUNE 2022

Saturday 12 – Il Volo – Ancient Theatre

Sunday 13 – Il Volo – Ancient Theatre

 

JULY 2022

Tuesday 12 – Simple Minds – Ancient Theatre

 

AUGUST 2022

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2022

Thursday 1 – Louis Tomlinson – Ancient Theatre

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

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

Exhibition of contemporary art

Le Cento Sicilie, il più ibrido dei continenti

Palazzo Ciampoli, from July 17th to November 14th 2021

Everyday 9.00am – 7.00pm, free entrance

Organised by the Archaelogical Park of Naxos Taormina, Gabriella Tigano director

Curator of the exhibition: Diego Cavallaro and Giuseppe Vella

AUTORS

Alessandro Bazan (Palermo 1966), Giovanni Blanco (Ragusa 1980), Barbara Cammarata (Catania 1977), Giuseppe Colombo (Modica 1971), Emanuele Giuffrida (Gela 1982), Giovanni Iudice (Gela 1970), Giovanni La Cognata (Comiso 1954), Filippo La Vaccara (Catania 1972), Franco Polizzi (Scicli 1954), Ignazio Schifano Palermo 1976), Samantha Torrisi (Catania 1977) e William Marc Zanghi (Wichita, Kansas 1972).

Twelve contemporary artists each exhibiting four works accompanied by QR info.

Sicily boasts multiple identities where history has been weaving the events of men and cultures for centuries.

 

MORE INFO

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

TAOBUK

Taormina Book Festival – 11th edition “The Metamorphosis”

Taormina, 17-21 June 2021

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9ZzV8-TitU

 

The fascinations of literature combined with the beauty of a unique place in the world. It is the perfect combination of Taobuk, an international literary festival that brings together the tradition of Taormina as the cosmopolitan capital of literature and arts, a refuge for eccentric and excellent personalities such as Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Picasso, Richard Strauss.

The Festival is conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara.

Every year Taobuk chooses a theme around which the calendar of meetings takes shape with the help of authoritative writers, thinkers and artists, in a tight flow of ideas and novelties.

At the core of the festival there is literature seen through the point of view of international writers. Taobuk’s program, however, is also embellished with exhibitions, theatrical performances, dance pieces and film retrospectives shown in evocative locations: first and foremost the Ancient Theatre, along with the city’s palaces and major hotels.

 

This year’s theme is “The metamorphosis – everything changes”

Here is the 2021 programme www.taobuk.it/edizione-2021
Seat reservation at the events is free and compulsory

To reserve a free seat at the opening gala of Saturday 19, please click HERE

 

More on Taobuk

www.taobuk.it

www.facebook.com/taobuk

www.instagram.com/taobukfestival

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Taobuk 2021 – Exhibition

“La biblioteca araba ed altre scritture”

Palazzo Ciampoli, 10-25 June 2021

Opening hours: 10.00am -8.00pm

 

 

La biblioteca siculo araba e altre scritture

 

Within the Taormina Book Festival 2021, and in collaboration with Fondazioni Orestiadi, Palazzo Ciampoli will host the exhibition “La biblioteca araba ed altre scritture”.

The exhibition itinerary will alternate 19 works by great international artists: a journey, albeit slight, in the relationship between image and writing.

Artists: Stalker-De Luca, Alighiero Boetti, Emilio Isgrò, Carla Accardi, Hakim Abbaci, Ascanio Renda, Nja Mahdaoui, Rachid Koraichi, Giusto Sucato, Alfonso Leto, Emilio Angelini, Alfredo Romano, Mimmo Paladino, Khaled Ben Slimane, Jonida Xherri, Giovanni Bosco, Elisa Nicolaci.

 


Palazzo Ciampoli was a stately residence in Catalan style. The coat of arms above the entrance door shows the date 1412, the year of its construction. Ciampoli was the name of the family that owned the palace, until it was purchased by the Sicilian Region. The palace is located in the heart of the medieval village of Taormina, which initially stretched from the Clock Tower to Catania Gate.

 

 

MORE INFO

www.fondazioneorestiadi.it

www.facebook.com/Orestiadi

www.taobuk.it

www.facebook.com/taobuk

www.instagram.com/taobukfestival

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Les Italiens dell’Opera de Paris

in

“La Gioia di Ballare”

Ancient Theatre, Wednesday 4th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

At the Ballet National de l’Opéra de Paris (the first ballet school in history established by Louis 14th in 1661 in Paris) only a small percentage of the company can be foreign. This percentage is currently dominated by the presence of Italian dancers.
On an initiative of the principal dancer, Les Italiens de l’Opéra de Paris celebrates the success and achievement of the dancers who have managed to enter one of the most prestigious and competitive ballet schools in the world.

With Valentine Colasante, Paul Marque, Alessio Carbone, Francesco Mura, Andrea Sarri, Letizia Galloni, Bianca Scudamore, Ambre Chiarcosso, Sofia Rosolini, Antonio Conforti, Julien Guillemard, Giorgio Foures, Christian Pacher and Gerard Baraton (accordeon).

 

TICKET on boxol

Stalls (Parterre – Sector n. 1): € 30,00
Gallery (Sector n. 2): € 20,00
Cavea (Upper circle – Sector n. 3): € 20,00

 

MORE INFO

www.facebook.com/lesitaliensdeloperadeparis

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

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

 

 

EVENTS 2020

JANUARY

January 1 – Corricapodanno a Taormina and 45th Dip in the Mediterranean Sea – “Chico Scimone Trophy” – Beach of Villagonia @8.00am

January 1 – Award ceremony of the running event “Corricapodanno Taormina” – Piazza IX aprile @10.00am

January 1 – Bagpipers along the streets of the town centre

January 1 – New Year Concert by the Taormina Plectrum Orchestra – Congress Hall @7.30pm

January 1/8 – Exhibition “White Noise” – Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

January 1/15 – Exhibition “Von Gloeden, Taormina e il Mediterraneo” –  ex Del Carmine Church

January 1 / March 8 – Exhibition “The stars of Taormina” – Casa del Cinema

January 1 / April 18 – Exhibition “Icons. Tradition/Contemporariness” – ex Church of Sant’Agostino

January 1 – Living Nativity Scene of Trappitello – Trappitello

January 2 – Living Nativity Scene of Trappitello – Trappitello

January 3 – Music performance by Sandro di Bernardo & RainFaces – Congress Hall @6.30pm

January 4 – Living Nativity Scene of Trappitello – Trappitello

January 5 – Living Nativity Scene of Trappitello – Trappitello

January 6 – Bagpipers along the streets of the town centre

January 6 – Living Nativity Scene of Trappitello – Trappitello

January 10 – Taormina meets the Sicilian Photography – Bucarest e i segreti sotterranei by Samuele Formichetti

January 24 – Taormina meets the Sicilian Photography – Suddenly by Peppe Gambino

 

FEBRUARY

February 11 / March 8 – Exhibition “The stars of Taormina” – Casa del Cinema

February 1 / April 18 – Icons. Tradition/Contemporariness – ex Church of Sant’Agostino

February 1 – Meet Jazz: The piano – Excelsior Palace Hotel

February 7 – Taormina meets the Sicilian Photography – in-CONTRO-al-LA-LUCE and Allusiva by Enrico La Bianca and Attilio Scimone

February 15 – Spazio al Sud – Book launch of “Teorema Sicilia

February 20 – Art house cinema – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità” – Casa del Cinema

February 21 / April 26 – Ehibition “Da Guarene all’Etna” – ex church Del Carmine and Palazzo Duchi

February 21 – Taormina meets the Sicilian Photography – Antologia in bianco e nero Enrico Borrometi

February 21 – Art house cinema – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità” – Casa del Cinema

February 22 – Meet Jazz: The guitar – Excelsior Palace Hotel

February 22 – Art house cinema – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità” – Casa del Cinema

February 28 – Art house cinema – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro” – Casa del Cinema

February 29 – Spazio al Sud – Book launch of “L’uomo senza inverno”

February 29 – Art house cinema – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro” – Casa del Cinema

 

MARCH

March 1/8 – Exhibition “The stars of Taormina” – Casa del Cinema

March 1 / April 18 – Exhibition “Icons. Tradition/Contemporariness” – ex Church of Sant’Agostino

March 1 / April 26 – Ehibition “Da Guarene all’Etna” – Palazzo Duchi S. Stefano, ex church Del Carmine

March 1 – Art house cinema – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro” – Casa del Cinema

March 6 – Art house cinema – “Cold War” – Casa del Cinema

March 7 – Art house cinema – “Cold War” – Casa del Cinema

March 8 – Art house cinema – “Cold War” – Casa del Cinema

March 13 – Art house cinema – “Perfetti conosciuti” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 14 – Meet Jazz: The bass – Casa Cuseni – CANCELLED

March 14 – Art house cinema – “Perfetti conosciuti” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 15 – Art house cinema – “Perfetti conosciuti” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 20 – Art house cinema – “Tutti lo sanno” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 21 – Spazio al Sud – Book launch of “Vita sognata e Sogni vissuti” – CANCELLED

March 21 – Art house cinema – “Tutti lo sanno” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 22 – Art house cinema – “Tutti lo sanno” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 27 – Art house cinema – “Indivisibili” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 28 – Art house cinema – “Indivisibili” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

March 29 – Art house cinema – “Indivisibili” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

 

APRIL

April 1/18 – Icons. Tradition/Contemporariness – ex Church of Sant’Agostino – CANCELLED

April 1/26 – Ehibition “Da Guarene all’Etna” – ex church Del Carmine – CANCELLED

April 3 – Art house cinema – “Se la strada potesse parlare” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 4 – Meet Jazz: The sax – Casa Cuseni – CANCELLED

April 4 – Art house cinema – “Se la strada potesse parlare” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

April 5 – Art house cinema – “Se la strada potesse parlare” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

April 17 – Art house cinema – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 18 – Spazio al Sud – Book launch of “La Storia dei Siculi fin dalla loro origine” – CANCELLED

April 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

April 18 – Art house cinema – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 19 – Art house cinema – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli” – Casa del Cinema – CANCELLED

April 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

 

 

MAY

May 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 9 – Spazio al Sud – Book launch of “Il pozzo delle Tre Lune” – CANCELLED

May 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 14 – Giro d’Italia – Stage of the Giro d’Italia in Chianchitta (periferical part of Taormina and Giardini Naxos) – CANCELLED

May 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 27- Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

May 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio TheatreCANCELLED

May 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – San Giorgio Theatre – CANCELLED

 

JUNE

June 18/22 – TAOBUK – Taormina Book Festival – 10° edition “L’entusiasmo” – POSTPONED > date to be set

June 28 / July 4 – Taormina Film Fest – POSTPONED to July 11

 

JULY

July 4 – Jazz in Sicily > Dino Rubino Trio – Excelsior Palace Hotel

July 11 – Jazz in Sicily > Raffaele Genovese Trio – Excelsior Palace Hotel

July 11-19 – Taormina Film Fest – On streaming, Town Congress Hall and Ancient Theatre

July 18 – Simple Minds – Ancient Theatre – POSTPONED TO July 17, 2021

July 20 – Beethoven Concert (including Symphony n. 5) – Ancient Theatre

July 21 – Beethoven Concert (including Symphony n. 6) – Ancient Theatre

July 22 – Beethoven Concert (including Symphony n. 3) – Ancient Theatre

July 23 – Beethoven Concert (including Symphony n. 7) – Ancient Theatre

July 23 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

July 24 – Beethoven Concert, Symphony n. 9 – Ancient Theatre

July 24 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

July 24 – Alberto Urso – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED and POSTPONED > date to be set

July 25 – American Movies Tribute – Ancient Theatre

July 25 – Jazz in Sicily > Urban Fabula – Excelsior Palace Hotel

July 25 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

July 25 – Coez – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED and POSTPONED > date to be set

July 26 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

July 30 – Opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi – Ancient Theatre

July 30 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

July 31 – Ficarra e Picone – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED

July 31 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

 

AUGUST

August 1 – Cavalleria Rusticana – Ancient Theatre

August 1 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 2 – Di Stefano Award – Ancient Theatre

August 2 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 1 – Ficarra e Picone – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED

August 2 – Ficarra e Picone – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED

August 4 – Mika – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED

August 5 – Diodato – Ancient Theatre

August 6 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 7 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 8 – Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals – CANCELLED AND POSTPONED to August 7th 2021

August 8 – “Medea”, a tragedy by Euripide – Ancient Theatre

August 8 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 9 – “Il Sogno di un uomo ridicolo”, a storu by Dostoevskij – Ancient Theatre

August 9 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 10 – Music meets Literarture – Ancient Theatre

August 11 – Aida by G. Verdi – Ancient Theatre

August 12 – “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff – Ancient Theatre

August 13 – Edoardo Bennato in “Sono solo Canzonette” – Ancient Theatre

August 13 – Odissea – Alcantara GorgesCANCELLED

August 14 – Taormina Lyric Summer Concert – Ancient Theatre

August 14 – Odissea – Alcantara GorgesCANCELLED

August 15 – Odissea – Alcantara GorgesCANCELLED

August 16 – International Guitar night – Ancient Theatre

August 16 – Odissea – Alcantara GorgesCANCELLED

August 19 – Alba al Teatro Antico – Ancient Theatre

August 20 – Puccini and Verdi Opera Gala – Ancient Theatre

August 20 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 21 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 22 – Ballet Company “Les Italiens de l’Opéra de Paris” – Ancient Theatre

August 22 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 23 – Ballet Company “Les Italiens de l’Opéra de Paris” – Ancient Theatre

August 23 – Odissea – Alcantara Gorges

August 25 – “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi – Ancient Theatre

August 26 – Lirica Made in Sicily – Ancient Theatre

August 27 – I tre tenori – Ancient Theatre

August 27 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

August 28 – Night Opening of the Ancient Theatre

August 28 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

August 29 – Daniele Silvestri – Ancient Theatre

August 29 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

August 30 – Night Opening of the Ancient Theatre

August 30 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

August 31 – Aida by G. Verdi – Ancient Theatre

SEPTEMBER

September 2 – Ballet Company “Eleonora Abbagnato” – Ancient Theatre

September 3 – Requiem by G. Verdi – Ancient Theatre

September 3 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

September 4 – “Emozioni, viaggio tra le canzoni di Lucio Battisti” – Ancient Theatre

September 4 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

September 4 – Il Volo – Ancient TheatrePOSTPONED to September 4th 2021

September 5 – “Oltre lo spazio” with Valentina Tereshkova –  Ancient Theatre

September 5 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

September 5 – Il Volo – Ancient TheatrePOSTPONED to September 5th 2021

September 6 – “Oltre lo spazio” with Valentina Tereshkova –  Ancient Theatre

September 6 – Inferno – Alcantara Gorges

September 7 – Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni

September 8 – Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni – CANCELLED

September 10 – Francesco Gabbani – Ancient Theatre

September 15/30 – Exhibition “Chamber of Art” – Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

September 19 – Pintus – Ancient Theatre – CANCELLED

September 20 – Gershwin & Bernstein – Ancient Theatre

 

OCTOBER

October 1/5 – TAOBUK Taormina Book Festival

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera (reopening in 2021) – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

Living Presepe – Living Nativity Scene

… e la Luce brillò… Venite e vedete!

16th edition – 2019

From December 26th 2019 to January 6th 2020

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

FREE ENTRANCE

The presepe will be held in case of rain too.

 

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 – 5.00pm / 9.00pm
– 27 Dicembre – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 29 Dicembre – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 30 Dicembre – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 1 January – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 2 January – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 4 January – 6.00pm / 9.00pm
– 5 January – 5.00pm / 9.00pm
– 6 January – 5.00pm / 9.00pm

 

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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Where to stay

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa DucaleHotel Villa Carlotta