Fondazione Taormina Arte


Sicily seen by Italian filmakers

Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto I n. 63) every weekend from September 14th to November 16th 2019

Entrance: € 6,00 (residents in Taormina: € 4,00)

Tickets can be bought at the Casa del Cinema in Corso Umberto I n. 63 – open everyday except Mondays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


The Casa del Cinema is a museum that hosts posters and photographs of the film shot in Taormina. It is open every day fom Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Free entrance

During the period September 14th to November 16th, in the cinema room of the museum hosts a mini film festival, a careful selection of the rarest films among all those filmed (totally or partially) in Taormina.
Masterpieces are subtitled in English.



Click here to download the program




4:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht
by Hans Deppe (Ger.,1959 – 84’)
with Fred Bertelmann, Margit NÜnke, Vivi Bach
original version, Italian subtitles
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

4:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia
by Mario Colucci (It., 1972 – 107’)
with Catherine Spaak, Philippe Leroy, Claude Reynaud
6:00pm – L’immagine meravigliosa
by Richard Brooks (It., 1951 – 110’)
with Stewart Granger, Anna Maria Pierangeli, George Sanders

4:00pm – Agguato sul mare
by Pino Mercanti (It., 1955 – 100’)
with Ettore Manni, Maria Frau, Nadia Gray
5:45pm – L’avventura
by Michelangelo Antonioni (It., 1960 – 140’)
with Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gabriele Ricci, Lea Massari

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna
by Amleto Palermi (It., 1928 – 100’)
with Augusto Bandini, Maria Catalano, Gemma De Ferrari
6:00pm – Visioni private
by Francesco Calogero (It., 1989 – 92’)
with Jessica Forde, Patrick Bauchau, Ninni Bruschetta, Antonio Caldarella, Antonio Alveario, Donald Ranvaud, Maurizio Puglisi, Lella Costa, Tatti Sanguineti, Roberto De Francesco, Maurizio Marchetti, Mario Venuti and the special guest Cyd Charisse

4:00pm – Carne inquieta
by Silvestro Prestifilippo (It., 1957 – 100’)
with Marina Bert, Raf Vallone, Clara Calamai
French version with Italian subtitles – in collaboration with Cineteca della Calabria
6:00pm – Un amore di Gide
by Diego Ronsisvalle (It., 2008 – 92’)
with Olivia Magnani, Gigi Angelillo, Guido Caprino, Alessandro Haber, Mariano Rigillo, Nicola Di Pinto

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th (free entrance)
4.30pm – Archivi aperti – La Storia Rivelata
Fondazione Taormina Arte will share its hystorical archives. A 35 years long story in photographs, posters and readings
In collaboration with NaxosLegge

4:30pm – Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
by Luchino Visconti (It.,1963 – 205’)
with Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
Original version with English subtitles

4:00pm – L’Immagine meravigliosa (encore performance)
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

4:00pm – Agguato sul mare (encore performance)
6:00p, – Carne inquieta (encore performance)


4:00pm – Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style)
by Pietro Germi (It,1961 – 108’)
with Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Daniela Rocca
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style) (encore performance)

4:00pm – L’avventura (encore performance)
6:30pm – Visioni private (encore performance)

4:00pm – Un amore di Gide (encore performance)
6:00pm – Made in Italy (episode “La donna”)
by Nanni Loy (It,1965 – 20’)
with Virna Lisi
to follow Il richiamo del sangue (L’appel du sang) by Louis Mercanton (Fr., 1919 – 57’)
with Charles Le Bargy, Ivor Novello, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Desdemona Mazza, Salvatore Lo Turco

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th (free entrance) <<CineMigrare 2019>>
5:30pm – Il mondiale in piazza
by Vito Palermi (It.,2018 – 15’)
6:30pm – Presentation of the book “Matrimonio siriano”
by Laura Tangherlini
> free entrance

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th (free entrance) – <<CineMigrare 2019>>
5:30pm – Presentation of the book “Tu promettilo al vento” (Carthago)
by Valentina Conti
6:30pm – Sharifa
by Fabrizio Sergi (It.,2018 – 14’)
> free entrance

5:30pm – Salvatore Giuliano
by Francesco Rosi (It.,1961 – 135’)
with Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Federico Zardi,
Original version with English subtitles

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna (encore performance)
6:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia (encore performance)

4:00pm – Visioni private (encore performance)
5:45pm – L’avventura (encore performance)

4:00pm – Stromboli, terra di Dio
by Roberto Rossellini (It.,1950 – 107’)
with Ingrid Bergamn, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Stromboli, terra di Dio (encore performance)

For Sicily of the best Italian fimakers, Friday 1st November: “Stromboli, land of God” by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale and Renzo Cesana, with English subtitles. It is the director’s first film shot with Ingrid Bergman, his partner for several years.

4:00pm – L’immagine meravigliosa (encore performance)
6:00pm – Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht (encore performance)

For the films shot in Taormina on Saturday, November 2nd: “L’immagine meravigliosa” (1951) by Richard Brooks with Stewart Granger, Anna Maria Pierangeli and George Sanders to follow “Gitarren klingen leise durch die Nacht” (1959) by Hans Deppe with Fred Bertelmann, Margit Nunke and Live Bach.


4:00pm – Carne inquieta (encore performance)
6:00pm – Agguato sul mare (encore performance)

Sunday, November 3rd, is the turn of “Carne inquieta” (1957) by Silvestro Prestifilippo with Marina Bert, Raf Vallone and Clara Calamai to follow “Agguato sul mare ” (1955) by Pino Mercanti with Ettore Manni, Maria Frau and Nadia Gray.



4:00pm – Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced & Abandoned)
by Pietro Germi (It.,1964 – 120’)
with Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì, Aldo Puglisi, Leopoldo Trieste
Original version with English subtitles
6:00pm – Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced & Abandoned) (encore performance)

4:00pm – Un amore di Gide (encore performance)
6:00pm – Made in Italy (encore performance)
to follow Il richiamo del sangue (encore performance)

4:00pm – Le confessioni di una donna (encore performance)
6:00pm – L’altro piatto della bilancia (encore performance)

5:00 – La terra trema (The Earth will Tremble)
by Luchino Visconti (It., 1947 – 165’)
with Maria Micale, Sebastiano Valastro
Original version with English subtitles


5:30 – Made in Italy (encore performance)
by Nanni Loy with Virna Lisi (It,1965 – 20’)

to follow Il richiamo del sangue (L’appel du sang) (encore performance)
by Louis Mercanton (Fr., 1919 – 57’)
Italian version of the first black and white film shooted in Taormina
With Charles Le Bargy, Ivor Novello, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Desdemona Mazza, Salvatore Lo Turco



Fondazione Taormina Arte –

Mobile 0039 391 746 2146


Where to stay

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Italy in Voice – Poster

Italy in Voice

Arias from Operas and Italian popular songs

Nazarena Theatre, via Fontana Vecchia n. 3 (not far from Porta Messina)

The Show is

From May to October 27th: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday @ 9.00 pm
On October 29th and 31st: @ 5.30pm
From November 2st to December 22nd: every Sunday @ 5.30pm
On December 30th: @ 9.00pm

Ticket: € 23,00, drink included. Program changes daily.


The Euterpe Association invites you to come and enjoy the beauty of Bel Canto in a show created with love and performed with passion. The artists will perform for you the most beautiful Italian Songs and Opera Arias, for a truly exciting evening.

The concert is divided into two parts. In the first part, a selection of arias is proposed, chosen among the most beautiful operas. In the second part will be proposed a selection of the most beautiful songs of Italian, Neapolitan and Sicilian tradition.

During intermission a drink (a glass of prosecco and snacks) is offered in the large garden courtyard of the theatre.
The little theatre has been recently renovated and offers all the comforts required by current Italian regulations. It is equipped with 120 seats, air conditioning, access for people with handicap.

On request, the Theatre is willing to organise concerts on other days and hours.





Tuesday 10Thursday 12Saturday 14 – Sunday 15Tuesday 17Thursday 19Saturday 21Sunday 22Tuesday 24Thursday 26Saturday 28Sunday 29

Winter shows

Tuesday 1Thursday 3Saturday 5Sunday 6Tuesday 8Thursday 10Saturday 12Sunday 13Tuesday 15Thursday 17Saturday 19Sunday 20Tuesday 22Thursday 24Saturday 26Sunday 27Tuesday 29Thursday 31

Saturday 2Sunday 3Sunday 10
Sunday 17 – Sunday 24

Sunday 1Sunday 8Sunday 15Sunday 22 – Monday 30 (hr 9.00pm)


Gran Galà 2019

Thursday 26Monday 30





in Taormina:

1. Nazarena Theatre on concert’s day
2. In your hotel. Ask the reception
3. Shaker Bar – P.zza Vittorio Emanuele n. 6
4. Interbus ticket office – P.zza San Pancrazio n. 32/A
5. Interbus ticket office – Taormina Terminal Bus
6. Chiosco Sig.ra Scott – Taormina Terminal Bus
7. Saistours – Umberto, n. 214
8. Venuto Viaggi Travel Agency – Umberto, n. 19
9. Noema Viaggi Travel Agency – via Pirandello n. 14
10. SVT Travel – via Pirandello, n. 3






Where to stay

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Italian Opera Taormina

Taormina Italian Opera 2019

San Giorgio  Theatre (via Don Bosco, behind piazza IX April) @ 9.15 pm
It is recommended to arrive 30 mins before the show


in April > every Saturday
from May to October > every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

€ 25,00 entrance, drink included.
Kids under 10: free entrance

Info and booking: mobile 0039 340 6426230 –
Online tickets >>


Do you love Opera music? The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. More than one hour of timeless arias from some of the most famous Italian operas.

An extraordinary journey with the most famous arias and duet from “Italian Operas”. You will hear music from great Italian operas interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international theatres, performed with piano accompaniment.

The evening will be held in the Cine Teatro ‘San Giorgio’ where you will be offered a drink and can take in an extraordinary panorama view of Taormina.


Program changes every night.
Here you can have a look at the program of each evening:

January 17January 23January 30

February 11


Sat 6Sat 13Sat 20Sat 27

Wed 1 – Fri 3 –  Sat 4 – Mon 6 – Wed 8 – Fri 10 – Sat 11 – Mon 13 – Wed 15 – Fri 17 – Sat 18 – Mon 20 – Wed 22 – Fri 24 – Sat 25 – Mon 27 – Wed 29 – Fri 31

Sat 1 – Mon 3 – Wed 5 – Fri 7 – Sat 8 – Mon 10 – Wed 12 – Fri 14 – Sat 15 – Mon 17 – Wed 19 – Fri 21 – Sat 22 – Mon 24 – Wed 26 – Fri 28 – Sat 29

Mon 1 – Wed 3 – Fri 5 – Sat 6 – Mon 8 – Wed 10 – Fri 12 – Sat 13 – Mon 15 – Wed 17 – Fri 19 – Sat 20 – Mon 22 – Wed 24 – Fri 26 – Sat 27 – Mon 29 – Wed 31

Fri 2 – Sat 3 – Mon 5Thu 8Fri 9Sat 10Mon 12Wed 14Fri 16Sat 17Mon 19Wed 21Fri 23Sat 24Mon 26Wed 28Fri 30Sat 31

Mon 2Wed 4 – Fri 6 – Sat 7 – Mon 9 – Wed 11 – Fri 13 – Sat 14 (International Music Fest) – Mon 16 – Wed 18 – Fri 20 – Sat 21 – Mon 23 – Wed 25 – Fri 27 – Sat 28 – Mon 30

Wed 2 – Fri 4  – Sat 5 – Mon 7 – Wed 9 – Fri 11 – Sat 12 – Mon 14 – Wed 16 – Fri 18 – Sat 19 – Mon 21 – Wed 23 – Fri 25 – Sat 26 – Mon 28 – Wed 30

Fri 1Sat 2Wed 6Wed 13Wed 20Wed 27

Wed 4Wed 11Wed 18 – Sat 28



Thu 26  Mon 30

December 2019



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Il Barbiere di Siviglia / The Barber of Seville

by Gioacchino Rossini

Ancient Theatre, September 6th and 7th 2018 @ 9.30pm

The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Rossini’s Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all “opere buffe”. After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.



More info on staging and cast as soon as available

Two dates

Thursday 6 September >> tickets on

Friday 7 September >> tickets on

Stalls (Parterre): € 70,00
Gallery: € 50,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 45,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 23,00


Place: Seville, Spain
Time: 18th century

Act 1 The square in front of Bartolo’s house

In a public square outside Bartolo’s house a band of musicians and a poor student named Lindoro are serenading, to no avail, the window of Rosina (“Ecco, ridente in cielo”; “There, laughing in the sky”). Lindoro, who is really the young Count Almaviva in disguise, hopes to make the beautiful Rosina love him for himself – not his money. Almaviva pays off the musicians who then depart, leaving him to brood alone. Rosina is the young ward of the grumpy, elderly Bartolo and she is allowed very little freedom because Bartolo plans to marry her once she is of age and thus appropriate her not inconsiderable dowry.
Figaro approaches singing (Aria: “Largo al factotum della città”; “Make way for the factotum of the city”). Since Figaro used to be a servant of the Count, the Count asks him for assistance in helping him meet Rosina, offering him money should he be successful in arranging this. (Duet: “All’idea di quel metallo”; “At the idea of that metal”). Figaro advises the Count to disguise himself as a drunken soldier, ordered to be billeted with Bartolo, so as to gain entrance to the house. For this suggestion, Figaro is richly rewarded.
“Una voce poco fa” MENU0:00 Aurelia Dobrovolskaya (lyric coloratura soprano), 1914 Problems playing this file? See media help. A room in Bartolo’s house with four doors
The scene begins with Rosina’s cavatina, “Una voce poco fa” (“A voice a little while ago”). (This aria was originally written in the key of E major, but it is sometimes transposed a semitone up into F major for coloratura sopranos to perform, giving them the chance to sing extra, almost traditional, cadenzas, sometimes reaching high Ds or even Fs.)
“La calunnia è un venticello” MENU0:00 Feodor Chaliapin Problems playing this file? See media help. Knowing the Count only as Lindoro, Rosina writes to him. As she is leaving the room, Bartolo and Basilio enter. Bartolo is suspicious of the Count, and Basilio advises that he be put out of the way by creating false rumours about him (this aria, “La calunnia è un venticello” – “Calumny is a little breeze” – is almost always sung a tone lower than the original D major).
When the two have gone, Rosina and Figaro enter. Figaro asks Rosina to write a few encouraging words to Lindoro, which she has actually already written. (Duet: “Dunque io son…tu non m’inganni?”; “Then I’m the one…you’re not fooling me?”). Although surprised by Bartolo, Rosina manages to fool him, but he remains suspicious. (Aria: “A un dottor della mia sorte”; “To a doctor of my class”).
Count Almaviva, disguised as a soldier and pretending to be drunk, enters the house and demands to be quartered there. In fear of the drunken man, Berta the housekeeper rushes to Bartolo for protection. Bartolo tells the “soldier” that he (Bartolo) has an official exemption which excuses him from the requirement to quarter soldiers in his home. Almaviva pretends to be too drunk and belligerent to understand, and dares Bartolo to brawl. While Bartolo searches his cluttered desk for the official document which would prove his exemption, Almaviva whispers to Rosina that he is Lindoro in disguise, and passes a love-letter to her. Bartolo suspiciously demands to know what is in the piece of paper in Rosina’s hands, but she fools him by handing over her laundry list. Bartolo and the Count argue loudly. Basilio enters; then Figaro, who warns that the noise of the argument is rousing the whole neighborhood. Finally, the noise attracts the attention of the Officer of the Watch and his troops, who crowd into the room. Bartolo demands that the Officer arrest the “drunken soldier”. The Officer starts to do so, but Almaviva quietly reveals his true identity to the Officer, and he (the Officer) backs off and stands down. Bartolo and Basilio are astonished and mystified; Figaro laughs quietly at them. (Finale: “Fredda ed immobile, come una statua”; “Cold and still, just like a statue”). The confusion intensifies and causes everyone to suffer headaches and auditory hallucinations (“Mi par d’esser con la testa in un’orrida fucina; dell’incudini sonore l’importuno strepitar.”; “My head seems to be in a fiery forge: the sound of the anvils deafens the ear.”)

Act 2 A room in Bartolo’s house with a piano

Almaviva again appears at the doctor’s house, this time disguised as a priest who is also a singing tutor and pretending to act as substitute for the supposedly ailing Basilio, Rosina’s regular singing teacher. Initially, Bartolo is suspicious, but does allow Almaviva to enter when the Count gives him Rosina’s letter. He describes his plan to discredit Lindoro whom he believes to be one of the Count’s servants, intent on pursuing women for his master. While Almaviva pretends to give Rosina her singing lesson, Figaro arrives to shave Bartolo. Bartolo demurs, but Figaro makes such a scene he agrees, but in order not to leave the supposed music master alone with Rosina, the doctor has Figaro shave him right there in the music room. When Basilio suddenly appears, he is bribed by a full purse from Almaviva and persuaded to leave again, with much discussion of how ill he looks. (Quintet: “Don Basilio! – Cosa veggo!”; “Don Basilio! – What do I see?”). Figaro begins to shave Bartolo, but Bartolo overhears the lovers conspiring, and angrily drives everybody away.
The scene returns to the location of act 1 with a grill looking out onto the square. Bartolo orders Basilio to have the notary ready to marry him to Rosina that evening. He also explains his plot to come between the lovers. Basilio leaves and Rosina arrives. Bartolo shows Rosina the letter she wrote to “Lindoro”, and persuades her that this is evidence that Lindoro is merely a flunky of Almaviva and is toying with her at Almaviva’s behest. Rosina believes him and agrees to marry him.
During an instrumental interlude, the music creates a thunder storm to indicate the passage of time. The Count and Figaro climb up a ladder to the balcony and enter the room through a window. Rosina shows Almaviva the letter and accuses him of betraying her. Almaviva reveals his identity and the two reconcile. While Almaviva and Rosina are enraptured by one another, Figaro keeps urging them to leave. Two people are heard approaching the front door, who later turn out to be Basilio and the notary. However, when the Count, Rosina, and Figaro attempt to leave by way of the ladder, they discover it has been removed. The marriage contract requires two witnesses; Figaro is one, but another is needed. The Count makes Basilio an offer he can’t refuse: the choice of accepting a bribe and being a witness to his marriage or receiving two bullets in the head (an easy choice, Basilio says). He and Figaro witness the signatures to a marriage contract between the Count and Rosina. Bartolo barges in, accompanied by the Officer and the men of the watch, but too late; the marriage is already complete. The befuddled Bartolo (who was the one who had removed the ladder) is pacified by being allowed to retain Rosina’s dowry. The opera concludes with an anthem to love (“Amor e fede eterna, si vegga in noi regnar!”).

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Eclipse World Tour 2018 – ’45 Years of The Dark Side of the Moon’

Ancient Theatre, September 8th 2018 @ 9.30pm
Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns to the stage in 2018 for a very special ’45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The Brit Floyd show has truly become a phenomenon, widely regarded as the world’s greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd. Faithfully recreating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning million dollar light show, large circle screen and arch plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. A Brit Floyd show really is as close as fans will get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live.

Stalls (Parterre): € 60,00
Gallery: € 50,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 45,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00


Brit Floyd is a Pink Floyd tribute band formed in 2011 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Their live shows attempt to emulate and recreate the sound and soundscape of Pink Floyd’s live shows. Damian Darlington formed the band after playing with The Australian Pink Floyd Show for 17 years. Brit Floyd originated on the initiative of musical director, guitarist, and singer Damian Darlington “simply because he felt he could do it one better” than his previous band, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and stating that “there is much more attention to details in every aspect of the show, from the music to the visuals to the lighting: everything is that much more perfected and there’s a passion coming off that stage… It’s a coherent, emotional journey through Pink Floyd’s catalog.”

Darlington began following Pink Floyd’s work after hearing The Wall at the age of 13 and he saw the band live for the first time in 1987 during the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. “Since then, he has seen the band in different incarnations, after its split, and including its 2005 reunion.

Band members
Various musicians have played in Brit Floyd since its inception in 2011. The present band members are listed here:

Damian Darlington – Musical Director, guitar, lap steel, vocals (2011–present)
Gareth Darlington – Sound Designer and Front of House Engineer (2011–present)
Bryan Kolupski – Media Director – Animation and Video (2011–present)
Rob Stringer – keyboards, vocals (2011–present)
Ian Cattell – bass guitar, vocals (2011–present)
Arran Ahmun – drums (2011–present)
Ola Bienkowska – backing vocals (2011–present)
Emily Jollands – backing vocals (2011–present)
Jacquie Williams – backing vocals (2011–present)
Angela Cervantes – backing vocals (2013-present)
Thomas Ashbrook – keyboards, vocals (2013-present)
Roberta Freeman – backing vocals (2014-present)
Karl Penny – drums (2014-present)
Jay Davidson – saxophones, guitars, percussions, keyboard (2015-present)
Edo Scordo – guitars, vocals (2015-present)
Jenn Kee – backing vocals (2016-present)
Ryan Saranich – saxophones, guitars, percussions, keyboard (2016-present)

(source: wikipedia)

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“Alchemaya: Opera Sinfonica” Tour

Ancient Theatre, Saturday August 25th @ 9.00pm

TICKETS on and
Stalls (Parterre): € 69,00
Gallery: € 57,50
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 46,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 34,50

Italian pop singer/songwriter and producer Max Gazzè was born in Rome and raised in Brussels, where the talented performer began studying music, taking electric bass classes at the age of 14. Soon, Gazzè was joining different bands, playing soul, funk, progressive rock, and ska. After participating in an English group called 4 Play 4, he returned to Rome in 1991, forming a rhythm & blues act called Emporium, composing the soundtrack for local short films, and recording his first solo album, Contro un’Onda del Mare (Against a Wave of the Sea), in 1994, issued by Virgin Records in November 1995. Already starting to gain a following, thanks to opening for the famed Franco Battiato before his debut was even released, Gazzè got to work on his next album between touring and performances at the San Remo Festival. La Favola di Adamo ed Eva came out in 1998, followed by the self-titled third effort two years later. However, signs of label problems were already apparent, and by 2003 Gazzè had left Virgin for EMI, and by the next year his first album with them, Un Giorno, had come out.



Desert Yacht Club Summer Tour

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 19th August 2018 @ 9.30pm

Negrita is an Italian rock band from Arezzo, Tuscany. Formed in 1991, the band was named after the song “Hey Negrita”, included in The Rolling Stones’ album Black and Blue, released in 1976. The band currently consists of Paolo Bruni (also known as “Pau”), Enrico Salvi (known as “Drigo”) and Cesare “Mac” Petricich.
Their musical style is mainly considered Hip hop, Pop, Italian Pop, Italian Arena Pop and italian hip hop.
The band has received three nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Italian Act in 1999, 2003 and 2005. In January 2012, their album Reset was ranked 77th in the list of the 100 Best Italian Albums of All Time compiled by the Italian version of the music magazine Rolling Stone.

Stalls (Parterre): € 46,00
Gallery (central): € 46,00
Gallery (lateral): € 41,40
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 36,80
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 32,20


Negrita on Youtube – “Rotolando verso Sud

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Il Tour

Ancient Theatre, on Saturday 18 August 2018 @ 9.30pm


Gianna Nannini, the most loved Italian female rock musicians in Europe, comes back to Taormina.

Stalls (Parterre): € 80.50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 57,50
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 39,50


Gianna Nannini (born 1954 in Tuscany) is an Italian female singer-songwriter and pop musician. Among her songs, “Bello e impossibile” (1986) was an international hit in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Personal life
Nannini was born in Siena on 14 June 1954. She is the older sister of former Formula One racing driver Alessandro Nannini. She studied piano and composition in Milan in the late 1970s and obtained a degree in Philosophy from the University of Siena in 1994. The following year she took part in a protest organized by Greenpeace at the French embassy in Rome against the decision of the French government to pursue nuclear experiments at Mururoa. In August 2010, at the age of 54, she announced that she was pregnant. Nannini’s pregnancy was prominently featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, where she was portraited wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ‘God is a Woman’. On 26 November 2010 at 12 AM Nannini’s daughter Penelope Jane Charlotte was born at the Madonnina Clinic in Milan. In 2017, Nannini decided to move in London with her partner, Carla. In her 2017 autobiography, titled Cazzi miei, she revealed she was ready for a civil union with Carla, explaining she felt Italian laws could not give her any warranty about Penelope’s future in case of Nannini’s death.

Musical career
Nannini scored her first domestic hit in 1979 with the single “America” and the album California, which became a success in several European countries. Her international breakthrough happened in 1984 with the release of her sixth album, the Conny Plank-produced Puzzle, who peaked in the top 10 in the Italian, German, Austrian and Swiss charts. The first single from the album, “Fotoromanza”, was supported by a music video directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, and went on to win many musical awards. Nannini embarked on a long European tour to support the album, culminating in a headlining gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
In 1986, her song “Bello e impossibile” was a European hit in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her 1987 compilation album Maschi e Altri sold over a million copies.
In 2004, she released the greatest hits album Perle, where a number of her most renewed songs were rearrangemed with the support of musicians such as Christian Lohr on piano (who also had a co-producer credit), and a string quartet composed of Vincenzo di Donna (first violin), Luigi de Maio (second violin), Gerardo Morrone (viola) and Antonio di Franca (violoncello). With this orchestra Nannini went on a European tour from 2004 to 2005.
The album Grazie was released in February 2006, and peaked at number one of the Italian hit-parade with the single “Sei nell’anima”.
In April 2007, Nannini released Pia come la canto io, a collection of songs produced by Wil Malone and originally intended for a rock opera based on the medieval Tuscan character Pia de’ Tolomei (briefly mentioned in Dante’s Purgatorio) that would eventually be performed in 2008 after eleven years of gestation.
An acoustic version of her song Meravigliosa Creatura (from Perle) has been used in a 2008 advertisement commercial for the Fiat Bravo directed by Matthias Zentner. Fiat would later include another Gianna Nannini song, “Aria”, in a subsequent Fiat Bravo ad.

In 1987 she performed with Sting and Jack Bruce the “Three Penny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. In 1990, she and Edoardo Bennato sang “Un’estate italiana”, the official song of the Football World Cup 1990 composed by Giorgio Moroder. In September 2006, she recorded the single “Ama Credi E Vai” with Andrea Bocelli. Nannini was also featured on Einstürzende Neubauten member Alexander Hacke’s solo album Sanctuary, on the track “Per Sempre Butterfly”. In 2008 she duetted with the Italian rapper Fabri Fibra in his videoclip version of the song “In Italia”. She also sang the song “Aria” with the Macedonian singer Toše Proeski.

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Bello e Impossibile


by Giacomo Puccini

Thursday August 16th 2018, Ancient Theatre @ 9.00pm

Tuesday August 21st 2018, Ancient Theatre @ 9.00pm

Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples’s control of Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini’s best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera’s leading singers. The dramatic force of Tosca and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas.

The performance is a production of  Taormina Opera Stars

Director: Bruno Torrisi
Orchestra: Taormina Opera Stars
Orchestra Conductor: Gianna Fratta
Chorus: Taormina Opera Stars
Chorus Conductor: Gaetano Costa
Corps de ballet: Danza Taormina
Stage Manager: Daniele Barbera



Thursday August 16th 2018 >>  tickets on and

Tuesday August 21st 2018 >> tickets on and

Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 60,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 33,00



In the church of S Andrea della Valle, the fugitive Angelotti takes refuge in a private chapel. The painter Cavaradossi returns to the canvas he is painting, a picture of Mary Magdalene, influenced by the features of his beloved Tosca and by a woman he has often seen in the church. The sacristan complains of the trouble Cavaradossi gives him. As he leaves, Angelotti emerges from hiding, explaining that he has escaped from imprisonment in the Castel Sant’Angelo. The voice of Tosca is heard and Angelotti hides again. Tosca is jealous of what she thinks may have been an assignation with another woman but agrees to meet her lover after her evening performance. The church fills for a celebration of a supposed victory over Napoleon and Baron Scarpia and his agents seek for signs of Angelotti, suspicion falling on Cavaradossi as a possible accomplice. Scarpia succeeds now in arousing further jealousy in Tosca, who has returned, showing her a fan found in the chapel, belonging, in fact, to Angelotti’s sister. Scarpia orders his men to follow Tosca, when she leaves, as a victory Te Deum is sung. In Scarpia’s apartment the sound is heard of an entertainment being given below for Queen Caroline, dancing and a performance by Tosca. Cavaradossi has been arrested and is interrogated and, when Tosca comes in, tortured in the next room, to elicit information from her. She betrays Angelotti’s hiding-place at the well in the garden of Cavaradossi’s villa. The painter is to be shot at dawn, but can be saved if Tosca will give in to Scarpia’s demands on her. She pretends to agree and when he has signed a safe-conduct she kills him. In the third act, at Castel Sant’Angelo, Cavaradossi prepares for death, as dawn draws near. Tosca is brought in and, left alone with him, explains how there is to be a mock-execution, after which they can escape together. In the event Scarpia has his revenge. His orders did not countermand the execution and Cavaradossi is shot. When Tosca realises that he is dead, she leaps from the battlements to her own death, while Scarpia’s men draw threateningly near, having discovered their master’s body.

Tosca remains a major work in operatic repertoire, although subject to relentlessly hostile criticism on the grounds of the brutal coarseness of its plot. It is, in fact, dramatically convincing, up to the moment of final irony. Cavaradossi is entrusted with his first moving aria in the opening act, Recondita armonia (Secret harmony), when he contrasts the dark-haired beauty of Tosca with the fair- haired stranger he has seen in the church, both combined in his painting. Cavaradossi’s other great aria comes in the third act, as he prepares for death. In E lucevan le stelle (And the stars shone) he regrets his coming execution and parting from Tosca. The rôle of Tosca has a strong dramatic appeal. Her best known aria is Vissi d’arte (I have lived for art), as she despairs at the predicament that Scarpia has posed for her.



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Pet Sounds: The Final Performances

Ancient Theatre, Saturday August 11th @ 9.30pm

The co-founder of the American group The Beach Boys comes again on stage to celebrate the 52th anniversary of their most famous album: Pet sounds

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group. In addition to his lifelong struggles with mental illness, Wilson is known for his unorthodox approaches to pop composition and mastery of recording techniques, and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and significant songwriters of the late 20th century.

His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011). In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” in 2008 and 12 for the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015. In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its “50 Greatest Producers Ever” list.

The Beach Boys were formed by Brian, his brothers Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine.

TICKETS  on and
Stalls (Parterre): € 86,25
Gallery: € 74,75
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 63,25
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 51,75

VIP UPGRADE (to add to the ticket price) on
– Greatest Hits Live VIP Meet & Greet Package UPGRADE € 299,00
includes:  Early Entry – Early entry to the merch shopping – Exclusive Soundcheck Experience – Meet & Greet Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin – A photo of you and Brian Wilson, Al Jardine e Blondie Chaplin – A signed copy of the book “I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir” – Commemoratove VIP Pass

– Greatest Hits Live VIP Soundcheck Package UPGRADE € 100,00
includes: Early Entry – Early entry to the merch shopping – Exclusive Soundcheck Experience – Tour Poster of Brian Wilson (not signed) – Brain Wilson Soundcheck Commemorative Laminato

>> VIP upgrades are personal and non-transferable. You need to bring with you an identity card/passport and ticket receipt.
More info:  Warner Music Artist Services


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