Ficarra and Picone

Ancient Theatre, Friday 31st July 2020 @9.00pm



Salvatore Ficarra (Palermo, 27 May 1971) and Valentino Picone (Palermo, 23 March 1971) are an Italian comedy duo who work on stage, films, television and books as Ficarra e Picone.



Subject to availability, groups of four people can buy four tickets at special price (“For you” package)

Stalls (Parterre)
Full price: € 69,00
Package “For you”: € 51,75

Full price: € 59,00
Package “For you”: € 44,25

Upper circle (numbered seats)
Full price: € 49,00
Package “For you”: € 36,75

Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 28,75







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La Traviata

an Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 30th July @ 9.30 pm


La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils.
It is considered the most famous opera of Verdi

Tonight the Fondazione Taormina Arte and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania present a special arrangement of the opera that will be performed in the form of a concert in two acts.

Direction: Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Chorus Direction: Luigi Petrozziello

Violetta Valéry > Irina Lungu
Alfredo Germont > Stefan Pop
Giorgio Germont > Franco Vassallo
Flora Bervoix > Sabrina Messina
Barone Douphol > Filippo Lunetta
Marquis d’Obigny > Salvatore Grigoli
Gastone and Giuseppe > Riccardo Palazzo
Annina > Alexandra Oikonomou

Orchestra, Chorus and technical staff > Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania



Cavea – sector 1, central > € 33,00
Cavea – sector 2, intermediate > € 22,00
Cavea – sector 3, lateral > € 16,50


Synopsis Place: Paris and its vicinity. Time: Beginning of the 19th century

Act 1 The salon in Violetta’s house

Scene 1: Party (attrib. Carl d’Unker) Violetta Valéry, a famed courtesan, throws a lavish party at her Paris salon to celebrate her recovery from an illness. Gastone, a viscount, has brought with him a friend, Alfredo Germont, a young bourgeois from a provincial family who has long adored Violetta from afar. While walking to the salon, Gastone tells Violetta that Alfredo loves her, and that while she was ill, he came to her house every day. Alfredo joins them, admitting the truth of Gastone’s remarks.
Baron Douphol, Violetta’s current lover, waits nearby to escort her to the salon; once there, the Baron is asked to give a toast, but refuses, and the crowd turns to Alfredo, who agrees to sing a brindisi – a drinking song (Alfredo, Violetta, chorus: Libiamo ne’ lieti calici – “Drink from the joyful cup”).
From the next room, the sound of the orchestra is heard and the guests move there to dance. After a series of severe coughs and almost fainting, Violetta begins to feel dizzy and asks her guests to go ahead and to leave her to rest until she recovers. While the guests dance in the next room, Violetta looks at her pale face in her mirror. Alfredo enters and expresses his concern for her fragile health, later declaring his love for her (Alfredo, Violetta: Un dì, felice, eterea – “One day, happy and ethereal”). At first, she rejects him because his love means nothing to her, but there is something about Alfredo that touches her heart. He is about to leave when she gives him a flower, telling him to return it when it has wilted, which will be the very next day.
“È strano! … Ah, fors’è lui” MENU0:00 Act 1 finale, sung by Lucrezia Bori in 1910 for Edison Records Problems playing this file? See media help. After the guests leave, Violetta wonders if Alfredo could actually be the one in her life (Violetta: È strano! … Ah, fors’è lui – “Ah, perhaps he is the one”). But she concludes that she needs freedom to live her life (Violetta, Alfredo: Sempre libera – “Always free”). From off stage, Alfredo’s voice is heard singing about love as he walks down the street.


Act 2
Scene 1: Violetta’s country house outside Paris

Three months later, Alfredo and Violetta are living together in a peaceful country house outside Paris. Violetta has fallen in love with Alfredo and she has completely abandoned her former life. Alfredo sings of their happy life together (Alfredo: De’ miei bollenti spiriti / Il giovanile ardore – “The youthful ardor of my ebullient spirits”). Annina, the maid, arrives from Paris, and, when questioned by Alfredo, tells him that she went there to sell the horses, carriages and everything owned by Violetta to support their country lifestyle.
Alfredo is shocked to learn this and leaves for Paris immediately to settle matters himself. Violetta returns home and receives an invitation from her friend, Flora, to a party in Paris that evening. Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, is announced and demands that she break off her relationship with his son for the sake of his family, since he reveals that Violetta’s relationship with Alfredo has threatened his daughter’s engagement (Giorgio: Pura siccome un angelo, Iddio mi diè una figlia – “Pure as an angel, God gave me a daughter”) because of Violetta’s reputation. Meanwhile, he reluctantly becomes impressed by Violetta’s nobility, something which he did not expect from a courtesan. She responds that she cannot end the relationship because she loves him so much, but Giorgio pleads with her for the sake of his family. With growing remorse, she finally agrees (Violetta, Giorgio: Dite alla giovine, sì bella e pura, – “Tell the young girl, so beautiful and pure,”) and says goodbye to Giorgio. In a gesture of gratitude for her kindness and sacrifice, Giorgio kisses her forehead before leaving her weeping alone.
Violetta gives a note to Annina to send to Flora accepting the party invitation and, as she is writing a farewell letter to Alfredo, he enters. She can barely control her sadness and tears; she tells him repeatedly of her unconditional love (Violetta: Amami, Alfredo, amami quant’io t’amo – “Love me, Alfredo, love me as I love you”). Before rushing out and setting off for Paris, she hands the farewell letter to her servant to give to Alfredo.
Soon, the servant brings the letter to Alfredo and, as soon as he has read it, Giorgio returns and attempts to comfort his son, reminding him of his family in Provence (Giorgio: Di Provenza il mar, il suol chi dal cor ti cancellò? – “Who erased the sea, the land of Provence from your heart?”). Alfredo suspects that the Baron is behind his separation with Violetta, and the party invitation, which he finds on the desk, strengthens his suspicions. He decides to confront Violetta at the party. Giorgio tries to stop Alfredo, but he rushes out.


Scene 2: Party at Flora’s house

Act 2, scene 2 from Fife Opera’s 2004 production At the party, the Marquis tells Flora that Violetta and Alfredo have separated, much to the amazement of everyone who had previously seen the happy couple. She calls for the entertainers to perform for the guests (Chorus: Noi siamo zingarelle venute da lontano – “We are gypsy girls who have come from afar”; Di Madride noi siam mattadori – “We are matadors from Madrid”). Gastone and his friends join the matadors and sing (Gastone, chorus, dancers: È Piquillo un bel gagliardo Biscaglino mattador – “Piquillo is a bold and handsome matador from Biscay”).
Violetta arrives with Baron Douphol. They see Alfredo at the gambling table. When he sees them, Alfredo loudly proclaims that he will take Violetta home with him. Feeling annoyed, the Baron goes to the gambling table and joins him in a game. As they bet, Alfredo wins some large sums until Flora announces that supper is ready. Alfredo leaves with handfuls of money.
As everyone is leaving the room, Violetta has asked Alfredo to see her. Fearing that the Baron’s anger will lead him to challenge Alfredo to a duel, she gently asks Alfredo to leave. Alfredo misunderstands her apprehension and demands that she admit that she loves the Baron. In grief, she makes that admission and, furiously, Alfredo calls the guests to witness what he has to say (Questa donna conoscete? – “You know this woman?”). He humiliates and denounces Violetta in front of the guests and then throws his winnings at her feet in payment for her services. She faints onto the floor. The guests reprimand Alfredo: Di donne ignobile insultatore, di qua allontanati, ne desti orror! (“Ignoble insulter of women, go away from here, you fill us with horror!”).
In search of his son, Giorgio enters the hall and, knowing the real significance of the scene, denounces his son’s behavior (Giorgio, Alfredo, Violetta, chorus: Di sprezzo degno sè stesso rende chi pur nell’ira la donna offende. – “A man, who even in anger, offends a woman renders himself deserving of contempt.”).
Flora and the ladies attempt to persuade Violetta to leave the dining room, but Violetta turns to Alfredo: Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core non puoi comprendere tutto l’amore… – “Alfredo, Alfredo, you can’t understand all the love in this heart…”.


Act 3 Violetta’s bedroom

Cover of a circa 1855 vocal score with an engraving by Leopoldo Ratti Dr. Grenvil tells Annina that Violetta will not live long since her tuberculosis has worsened. Alone in her room, Violetta reads a letter from Alfredo’s father telling her that the Baron was only wounded in his duel with Alfredo; that he has informed Alfredo of the sacrifice she has made for him and his sister; and that he is sending his son to see her as quickly as possible to ask for her forgiveness. But Violetta senses it is too late (Violetta: Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti – “Farewell, lovely, happy dreams of the past”).
Annina rushes in the room to tell Violetta of Alfredo’s arrival. The lovers are reunited and Alfredo suggests that they leave Paris (Alfredo, Violetta: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo – “We will leave Paris, O beloved”).
But it is too late: she knows her time is up (Alfredo, Violetta: Gran Dio!…morir sì giovane – “Great God!…to die so young”). Alfredo’s father enters with the doctor, regretting what he has done. After singing a duet with Alfredo, Violetta suddenly revives, exclaiming that the pain and discomfort have left her. A moment later, she dies in Alfredo’s arms.



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Ancient Theatre, Saturday 25 July 2020 @ 9.30pm


Silvano Albanese (born 11 July 1983, in Nocera Inferiore, Italy) and better known by his stage name Coez is an Italian singer and rapper.

He is very popular in Italy, and some of his video have over 72 million views.



Stalls (Parterre): € 75,00
Gallery: € 73,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 66,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 40,00






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Ancient Theatre, Saturday 25th July 2020 @ 9.30pm


Fondazione Taormina Arte and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania present 15 famous American soundtracks by Morricone, Williams, Barry, Badelt and Horner.
A splendid concert entirely dedicated to the States

Director: Carmen Failla



F. Loewe My fair Lady (arr.J.Whitney)

J. Barry Theme from 007 (arr. C.Custer )

H. Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany’s (arr.J.Moss) – Moon river

K. Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean (arr. T.Ricketts)

E. Morricone The Mission (arr. R. Longfield) – Gabriel’s oboe

A. Silvestri The Polar Exspress – Concert Suite


Back to the future III – MainTheme



Superman March

Harry Potter and the Phylosopher’s stone – Hedvig’sTheme

E.T. The Extra-terrestrial – Flying theme

Schindler’s List

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Raiders’ March

Star Wars – Symphonic Suite
Imperial March – Princess’Leia Theme – Main Title


Orchestra e technical Staff of the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini of Catania




Cavea – sector 1, central > € 22,00
Cavea – sector 2, intermediate > € 16,50
Cavea – sector 3, lateral > € 11,50


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Progetto Beethoven

Ancient Theatre, from 20 to 24 July 2020 @ 9.30 pm



The Fondazione Taormina Arte and the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra – directed by Maestro Umberto Benedetto Michelangeli – present 5 evenings dedicated to the genius of Bonn and his fruitful artistic period: the nine Symphonies and the Concertos for piano and orchestra.


Comunicato Stampa – Italian Press Release



Cavea – sector 1, central > € 46,00
Cavea – sector 2, intermediate > € 30,00
Cavea – sector 3, lateral > € 15,00




Monday 20th July – TICKETS
– Piano Concert No. 1 in C major Op. 15 > Piano: Gerhard Oppitz
– Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Tuesday 21st July – TICKETS
– Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93
– Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68

Wednesday 22nd July – TICKETS
– Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 > Piano: Gerhard Oppitz
– Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55

Thursday 23st July – TICKETS
– Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Op. 73 > Piano: Gerhard Oppitz
– Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Friday 24th July – TICKETS
– Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as Heroic Symphony) with the Sicilian Lyric Chorus
Soprano: Maria Pia Piscitelli
Contralto: Laura Verrecchia
Tenor: Antonio Poli
Bass: Carlo Cigni



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40 Years of Hits – Tour 2020

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 18 July 2020 @


Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. The most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s, they achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums and have sold more than 60 million albums. Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.

he nucleus of the band consists of the two remaining original members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (electric & acoustic guitars, occasional keyboards after 1990, saxophone and violin).


Stalls (Parterre): € 70,00 + presale
Gallery: € 60,00 + presale
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 45,00 + presale
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 30,00 + presale





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Italian Opera Taormina


San Giorgio  Theatre (via Don Bosco, behind piazza IX April) @ 9.15 pm


April > every Saturday @ 9.15pm
from May to October > every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday @9.00pm
November > every Wednesday @ 9.15pm
December > on 2nd, 8th, 16th, 26th and 30th December @ 9.15pm
January 2021 > on 2nd January @ 9.15pm


Do you love Opera music? The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. One hour and 30 mins of timeless arias from some of the most famous Italian operas.

An extraordinary journey with the most famous arias from great “Italian Operas” interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international theatres, and accompanied by virtuous pianists.

The event takes place at the Cine Teatro ‘San Giorgio’ (see city map) During the break, a drink is offered on the magnificent panoramic terrace overlooking the bay of the Perla dello Ionio.



> Standard Tickets. Unassigned seats*, free drink between the first and second time.
* it’s convenient to arrive 30 minutes before the show
> VIP Tickets: Entrance fast line, Reserved seat**, free drink between first and second time and Aperitive at the end of the show.
**For the VIP ticket you can choose your seat. If the seat is not chosen, it will be decided automatically, always in the VIP area

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


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


Sat 4 – Sat 11 – Sat 18 – Sat 25

Fri 1 – Sat 2 – Mon 4 – Wed 6 – Fri 8 – Sat 9 – Mon 11 – Wed 13 – Fri 15 – Sat 16 – Mon 18 – Wed 20 – Fri 22 – Sat 23 – Mon 25 – Wed 27 – Fri 29 – Sat 30













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Alberto Urso

Tour 2020

Ancient Theatre, July 24th 2020 @ 9.00pm


Alberto Urso (born 1997) is an Italian tenor.

He won the eighteenth edition of the Italian talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi in May 2019. His debut album Solo was released on 10 May 2019.


Stalls (Parterre): €SOLD OUT
Gallery: € 65,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 49,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 30,00







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Da Guarene all’Etna 2019- Boiling Projects

Photo Exhibition

ex Church Del Carmine and Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, February 22 to April 26 2020


The Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (of Guarene, a little town in north Italy) celebrates its 20 years with an exhibition of contemporary photography.




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Art House Cinema

Organised by Fondazione Taormina Arte and Regione Siciliana

Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto n. 61) from February 20th to April 19th

Films are in Italian

Entrance: € 7,00 – Reduced (residents): € 5,00


A selection of films (in Italian) aiming to spread the cinematographic culture. Rare films, films reflecting the strong personality of their directors, intense and emotional films.




February 20, Thursday @ 4.30pm – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità”

February 21, Friday @ 6.30pm – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità”

February 22, Saturday @ 8.30pm – “Van Gogh – sulla soglia dell’eternità”

February 28, Friday @ 4.30pm – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro”

February 29, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro”

March 1, Sunday @ 8.30pm – “Il sacrificio del cervo sacro”

March 6, Friday @ 4.30pm – “Cold War”

March 7, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Cold War”

March 8, Sunday @ 8.30pm – “Cold War”

March 13, Friday @ 4.30pm – “Perfetti conosciuti”

March 14, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Perfetti conosciuti”

March 15, Sunday @ 8.30pm – “Perfetti conosciuti”

March 20, Friday @ 4.15pm – “Tutti lo sanno”

March 21, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Tutti lo sanno”

March 22, Sunday @ 9.00pm – “Tutti lo sanno”

March 27, Friday @ 4.30pm – “Indivisibili”

March 28, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Indivisibili”

March 29, Sunday @ 8.30pm – “Indivisibili”

April 3, Friday @ 4.15pm – “Se la strada potesse parlare”

April 4, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Se la strada potesse parlare”

April 5, Sunday @ 8.45pm – “Se la strada potesse parlare”

April 17, Friday @ 4.15pm – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli”

April 18, Saturday @ 6.30pm – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli”

April 19, Sunday @ 8.45pm – “Cafarnao – Caos e miracoli”


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