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REGULARLY HELD MARKETS

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

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

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

 

PERMANENT MUSEUMS

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

 

Taormina Castle

Opening hours: everyday 9.00am – 7.00pm
https://castellidisicilia.it/i-castelli/castelli-di-taormina/#page-content

 

JANUARY

January 1 – Tuffo a Mare and “Trofeo Chico Scimone” – Beach of Villagonia @ 8.30am

January 1 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

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

January 1 – New Year’s Toast wuth the Mayor of Taormina – Piazza IX aprile @ 8.30pm

January 2 – Music event “La vinuta di lu Re” – Congress Hall @6.30pm

January 3 – “Live Sound” concert – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

January 4 – Concert “Canti di un Antico Natale” – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

January 6 – Piano music along the Corso, the main street of the town – from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

January 6 – Concert by the Super Opera Trio – Church of Santa Caterina @7.00pm

 

 

FEBRUARY

Every weekend of February – Former church of Sant’Agostino, from Fri to Sun, 10.00-12.30/16.00-19.30.  Free entrance

February 4 – First Sunday of the month > FREE Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

 

 

MARCH

March 3 – First Sunday of the month > FREE Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

 

 

APRIL 

April 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 6 – Decibellas Woman’s Choir Tour 2024 – Duomo@4.00pm, free entrance

April 7 – Taormina and Lugano Plectrum Orchestras – Ancient Theatre @11.00am – free entrance

April 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 21 / May 10 – Exhibition by Patrizia Materia – Town Library

April 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

April 25 – National Holiday – Free Entrance at the Ancient Theatre

April 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

MAY

May 1/10 – Exhibition by Patrizia Materia – Town Library

May 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 5 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

May 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “La Bohe’me” – Teatro Nazarena

May 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 18 – “Notte Bianca” – Night opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

May 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

May 31 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

JUNE

June 1 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

June 1 – International Music Festival – “Amore e Musica” – Teatro Nazarena

June 2 – National Holiday and first Sunday of the month > FREE Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park. The Ancient Theatre closes at midnight.

June 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “La Traviata” – Teatro Nazarena

June 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 8 – Concert “Abbalaluna” – Ancient Theatre

June 8 – International Music Festival – “Romanticismo e Impressionismo” – Teatro Nazarena

June 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 15 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

June 15 – International Music Festival – Teatro Nazarena

June 16 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

June 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 22 – International Music Festival – “Movie, Music, Swing and Jazz” – Teatro Nazarena

June 20-24 – TAOBUK – Taormina Book festival, 14° edition > “Identità”

June 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 22 – TAOBUK – Gala Evening – Greek Theatre

June 23 – Tucidide. Atene contro Melo by Alessandro Baricco – Ancient Theatre

June 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

June 29 – International Music Festival – “Romanticismo Lirico” – Teatro Nazarena

 

JULY

July 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 4 – Charity Concert in favour of the CCPM Pediatric Hospital of Taormina – Ancient Theatre

July 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 7 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

July 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “Elisir D’Amore” – Teatro Nazarena

July 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 13 / 19 – Taormina Film Fest

July 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 24 – Earth Wind & Fire Experience by Al McKay – Ancient Theatre

July 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 26 – Jimmy Sax and Symphonic Dance Orchestra – Ancient Theatre

July 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 28 – Opera “Manon Lescaut” – Ancient Theatre

July 29 – Puccini Opera Gala – Ancient Theatre

July 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 30 – Opera “Manon Lescaut” (replica) – Ancient Theatre

July 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

July 31 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

AUGUST

August 1 – Biagio Antonacci – Ancient Theatre

August 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 2 – Biagio Antonacci – Ancient Theatre

August 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 3 – Biagio Antonacci – Ancient Theatre

August 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “Cavalleria Rusticana” – Teatro Nazarena

August 4 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

August 4 – “La Libertà di essere folle” by Luigi Pirandello – Ancient Theatre

August 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 8 – Gianrico Carofiglio Sax Quartet – Il Potere della gentilezza – Ancient Theatre

August 9 – Turandot – Ancient Theatre

August 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 10 – Ennio Morricone Tribute – Ancient Theatre

August 11 – Taormina Gold – Ancient Theatre

August 12 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

August 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 13 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

August 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 14 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

August 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 15 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

August 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 16 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

August 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 17 – “Carmen” opera by Georges Bizet – Ancient Theatre

August 18 – “Madame Butterfly” an opera by Giacomo Puccini

August 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 27 – The Swan Lake ballet – Ancient Theatre

August 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

August 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

SEPTEMBER 

September 1/8 – Agriculture Festival

September 1 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

September 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “Tosca” – Teatro Nazarena

September 2 – Matteo Garrone – Jazz e La poetica reale del cinema – Ancient Theatre

September 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 7 – Ricchi e Poveri Summer Tour – Ancient Theatre

September 8 – “Una ragazza per il Cinema” – Ancient Theatre

September 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 12/15 – Taormina Jazz Festival

September 12 – Night Opening of the Taormina Ancient Theatre

September 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 13 – Queen Opera Legend – Ancient Theatre

September 13 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 14 – Mario Biondi – Ancient Theatre

September 15 – La Traviata – Ancient Theatre

September 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 20 – Bellini Opera Gala – Ancient Theatre

September 20 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 27 – Puccini Opera Gala – Ancient Theatre

September 27 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

September 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

OCTOBER

October 1 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 2 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 3 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 4 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 6 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

October 6 – Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection “Rigoletto” – Teatro Nazarena

October 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 8 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 9 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 10 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 11 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 15 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 16 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 17 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 18 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 22 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 23 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 24 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 25 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 29 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 30 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

October 31 – Italian Opera Taormina – Teatro Nazarena

 

NOVEMBER

November 3 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

November 4 – National Holiday > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

 

DECEMBER

December  1 – First Sunday of the month > Free Entrance to the Taormina Ancient Theatre, Isolabella and Naxos Archaelogical Park

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

S I C I L I A   C L A S S I C A   F E S T I V A L

La Traviata

an opera by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 15th September 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

 

TICKETS on Vivaticket

Gallery (section A): € 78,54
Gallery (section B): € 89.76
Gallery (section C): € 100,98
Gallery (section D): € 89,76
Gallery (section E): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section B): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section C): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section D): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): € 39,27

 

SYNOPSIS

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

Act 1

The salon in Violetta’s house

S C E N E  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 – “Let’s drink from the joyful cups”).

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.

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

S C E N E  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

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. He has informed Alfredo of the sacrifice she has made for him and his sister; and 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.

 

 

MORE INFO

SICILIA CLASSICA FESTIVAL: www.facebook.com/siciliaclassicafestival – siciliaclassicafestival@gmail.com – Mob. +39 339 529 9932

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

Mario Biondi

Crooning Undercover Tour

Ancient Theatre – September 19, 2024 @ 9.30pm

 

Mario Biondi is an Italian singer, (born in Catania, Sicily) worldwide known for his deep and warm voice that recalls the great interpreters of soul and rhythm and blues music.

 

TICKETS on Ticketone.it

Stalls (Platea): € 98,00
Gallery: € 95,00
Cavea (Upper Circle): € 80,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 56,00

 

MORE INFO

www.mariobiondi.it

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

 

S I C I L I A   C L A S S I C A   F E S T I V A L

Queen Opera Legend

Ancient Theatre, Friday 13 September, 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

The most famous Queen masterpieces once intrerpreted by Freddie Mercury and the soprano Montserrat Caballè, today performed by the artists of the Sicilia Classica Festival

 

TICKETS on Vivaticket

Gallery (section A): € 56.10
Gallery (section B): € 89.76
Gallery (section C): € 100,98
Gallery (section D): € 89,76
Gallery (section E): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section B): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section C): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section D): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): € 39,27

 

 

MORE INFO

SICILIA CLASSICA FESTIVAL: www.facebook.com/siciliaclassicafestival – siciliaclassicafestival@gmail.com – Mob. +39 339 529 9932

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

S I C I L I A   C L A S S I C A   F E S T I V A L

Ricchi e Poveri

Summer Tour

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 7 September 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Ricchi e Poveri (pronounced [ˈrikki e pˈpɔːveri, -kj e -]; is an Italian pop group formed in Genoa in 1967, originally consisting of Angela Brambati, Angelo Sotgiu, Franco Gatti and Marina Occhiena. Active since the late 1960s, they have sold over 20 million records.

 

TICKETS on Vivaticket

Parterre (Platea): € 134,64
Gallery (section A): € 78,54
Gallery (section B): € 89.76
Gallery (section C): € 100,98
Gallery (section D): € 89,76
Gallery (section E): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section B): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section C): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section D): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): € 39,27

 

MORE INFO

RICCHI E POVERI: https://ricchiepoveri.com – www.facebook.com/RicchiePoveriOfficial

SICILIA CLASSICA FESTIVAL: www.facebook.com/siciliaclassicafestival – siciliaclassicafestival@gmail.com – Mob. +39 339 529 9932

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

Mario Venuti & Matteo Garrone

Tra la Terra e il Cielo Tour – La Poetica reale del Cinema

Ancient Theatre, September 2, 2024 @9.00pm

 

Matteo Garrone is a worldwide konown Italian Film director and producer.
He won the European Film Award for Best Director and the David di Donatello for Best Director for Gomorrah (2008). His film Reality (2012) won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

His films Tale of Tales (2015) and Dogman (2018) were selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 2018 Cannes Film Festival respectively. The Nastro d’Argento awarded Garrone both Best Producer and Best Director for Dogman. He received the latter again for Pinocchio (2019).

In 2019, Garrone was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2024, his film Io capitano (2023) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards, representing Italy.

 

Mario Venuti is a Sicilian singer-songwriter, musician and record producer.

 

Tonight Matteo Garrone and Mario Venuti will have a long conversation (in Italian) about Poetics in the cinema world

 

TICKETS on ticketone

Parterre (Stalls): € 66,00
Gallery (Sector n. 2): € 55,00
Cavea (upper circle – central, numered seats): € 44,00
Cavea (upper circle – lateral, non-numbered seats): € 33,00

 

 

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Madama Butterfly

An opera by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 18th August 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Artistic Director: Nuccio ANSELMO

Orchesta and Chorus: Sicilia Classica Festival

 

TICKETS on Vivaticket

Gallery (section A): € 78,54
Gallery (section B): € 89.76
Gallery (section C): € 100,98
Gallery (section D): € 89,76
Gallery (section E): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section B): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section C): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section D): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): € 39,27

 

 

Synopsis

Time: 1904.
Place: Nagasaki, Japan.

Act 1

In 1904, a U.S. Naval officer named Pinkerton rents a house on a hill in Nagasaki, Japan, for himself and his soon-to-be wife, “Butterfly”. Her real name is Ciocio-san, (cio-cio, pronounced “chocho”[needs IPA]: the Japanese word for “butterfly” is chō (蝶?) or chōchō/chōcho (蝶々 or 蝶蝶?)). She is a 15-year-old Japanese girl whom he is marrying for convenience, since he intends to leave her once he finds a proper American wife, and since Japanese divorce laws are very lax. The wedding is to take place at the house. Butterfly had been so excited to marry an American that she had earlier secretly converted to Christianity. After the wedding ceremony, her uninvited uncle, a bonze, who has found out about her conversion, comes to the house, curses her and orders all the guests to leave, which they do while renouncing her. Pinkerton and Butterfly sing a love duet and prepare to spend their first night together.

Act 2

Three years later, Butterfly is still waiting for Pinkerton to return, as he had left shortly after their wedding. Her maid Suzuki keeps trying to convince her that he is not coming back, but Butterfly will not listen to her. Goro, the marriage broker who arranged her marriage, keeps trying to marry her off again, but she won’t listen to him either. The American Consul, Sharpless, comes to the house with a letter which he has received from Pinkerton which asks him to break some news to Butterfly: that Pinkerton is coming back to Japan, but Sharpless cannot bring himself to finish it because Butterfly becomes very excited to hear that Pinkerton is coming back. Sharpless asks Butterfly what she would do if Pinkerton were not to return. She then reveals that she gave birth to Pinkerton’s son after he had left and asks Sharpless to tell him.

From the hill house, Butterfly sees Pinkerton’s ship arriving in the harbour. She and Suzuki prepare for his arrival, and then they wait. Suzuki and the child fall asleep, but Butterfly stays up all night waiting for him to arrive.

Act 3

Suzuki wakes up in the morning and Butterfly finally falls asleep. Sharpless and Pinkerton arrive at the house, along with Pinkerton’s new American wife, Kate. They have come because Kate has agreed to raise the child. But, as Pinkerton sees how Butterfly has decorated the house for his return, he realizes he has made a huge mistake. He admits that he is a coward and cannot face her, leaving Suzuki, Sharpless and Kate to break the news to Butterfly. Agreeing to give up her child if Pinkerton comes himself to see her, she then prays to statues of her ancestral gods, says goodbye to her son, and blindfolds him. She places a small American flag into his hands and goes behind a screen, cutting her throat with her father’s hara-kiri knife. Pinkerton rushes in, but he is too late, and Butterfly dies.

 

 

 

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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 17th August 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Artistic Director: Nuccio ANSELMO

Orchesta and Chorus: Sicilia Classica Festival

 

Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée.
The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. After the composer’s death the score was subject to significant amendment, including the introduction of recitative in place of the original dialogue; there is no standard edition of the opera, and different views exist as to what versions best express Bizet’s intentions.

 

TICKETS on Vivaticket

Gallery (section A): € 78,54
Gallery (section B): € 89.76
Gallery (section C): € 100,98
Gallery (section D): € 89,76
Gallery (section E): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section B): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section C): € 78,54
Cavea (Upper Circle – Section D): € 67,32
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): € 39,27

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Place: Seville, Spain, and surrounding hills – Time: Around 1820

Act 1 – A square, in Seville. On the right, a door to the tobacco factory. At the back, a bridge. On the left, a guardhouse

A group of soldiers relaxes in the square, waiting for the changing of the guard and commenting on the passers-by (“Sur la place, chacun passe”). Micaëla appears, seeking José. Moralès tells her that “José is not yet on duty” and invites her to wait with them. She declines, saying she will return later. José arrives with the new guard, which is greeted and imitated by a crowd of urchins (“Avec la garde montante”). A lithograph of act 1 in the premiere performance, by Pierre-Auguste Lamy, 1875

As the factory bell rings, the cigarette girls emerge and exchange banter with young men in the crowd (“La cloche a sonné”). Carmen enters and sings her provocative habanera on the untameable nature of love (“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”). The men plead with her to choose a lover, and after some teasing she throws a flower to Don José, who thus far has been ignoring her but is now annoyed by her insolence.

As the women go back to the factory, Micaëla returns and gives José a letter and a kiss from his mother (“Parle-moi de ma mère!”). He reads that his mother wants him to return home and marry Micaëla, who retreats in shy embarrassment on learning this. Just as José declares that he is ready to heed his mother’s wishes, the women stream from the factory in great agitation. Zuniga, the officer of the guard, learns that Carmen has attacked a woman with a knife. When challenged, Carmen answers with mocking defiance (“Tra la la… Coupe-moi, brûle-moi”); Zuniga orders José to tie her hands while he prepares the prison warrant. Left alone with José, Carmen beguiles him with a seguidilla, in which she sings of a night of dancing and passion with her lover—whoever that may be—in Lillas Pastia’s tavern. Confused yet mesmerised, José agrees to free her hands; as she is led away she pushes her escort to the ground and runs off laughing. José is arrested for dereliction of duty.


Act 2 – Lillas Pastia’s Inn

A month has passed. Carmen and her friends Frasquita and Mercédès are entertaining Zuniga and other officers (“Les tringles des sistres tintaient”) in Pastia’s inn. Carmen is delighted to learn of José’s release from a month’s detention. Outside, a chorus and procession announces the arrival of the toreador Escamillo (“Vivat, vivat le Toréro”). Invited inside, he introduces himself with the “Toreador Song” (“Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre”) and sets his sights on Carmen, who brushes him aside. Lillas Pastia hustles the crowds and the soldiers away.

When only Carmen, Frasquita and Mercédès remain, the smugglers Dancaïre and Remendado arrive and reveal their plans to dispose of some recently acquired contraband (“Nous avons en tête une affaire”). Frasquita and Mercédès are keen to help them, but Carmen refuses, since she wishes to wait for José. After the smugglers leave, José arrives. Carmen treats him to a private exotic dance (“Je vais danser en votre honneur … La la la”), but her song is joined by a distant bugle call from the barracks. When José says he must return to duty, she mocks him, and he answers by showing her the flower that she threw to him in the square (“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”). Unconvinced, Carmen demands he shows his love by leaving with her. José refuses to desert, but as he prepares to depart, Zuniga enters looking for Carmen. He and José fight, and are separated by the returning smugglers, who restrain Zuniga. Having attacked a superior officer, José now has no choice but to join Carmen and the smugglers (“Suis-nous à travers la campagne”).


Act 3 – A wild spot in the mountains Magdalena Kožená and Jonas Kaufmann at the Salzburg Festival 2012

Carmen and José enter with the smugglers and their booty (“Écoute, écoute, compagnons”); Carmen has now become bored with José and tells him scornfully that he should go back to his mother. Frasquita and Mercédès amuse themselves by reading their fortunes from the cards; Carmen joins them and finds that the cards are foretelling her death, and José’s. The women depart to suborn the customs officers who are watching the locality. José is placed on guard duty.

Micaëla enters with a guide, seeking José and determined to rescue him from Carmen (“Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante”). On hearing a gunshot she hides in fear; it is José, who has fired at an intruder who proves to be Escamillo. José’s pleasure at meeting the bullfighter turns to anger when Escamillo declares his infatuation with Carmen. The pair fight (“Je suis Escamillo, toréro de Grenade”), but are interrupted by the returning smugglers and girls (“Holà, holà José”). As Escamillo leaves he invites everyone to his next bullfight in Seville. Micaëla is discovered; at first, José will not leave with her despite Carmen’s mockery, but he agrees to go when told that his mother is dying. As he departs, vowing he will return, Escamillo is heard in the distance, singing the toreador’s song.

Act 4 – A square in Seville. At the back, the walls of an ancient amphitheatre

Zuniga, Frasquita and Mercédès are among the crowd awaiting the arrival of the bullfighters (“Les voici ! Voici la quadrille!”). Escamillo enters with Carmen, and they express their mutual love (“Si tu m’aimes, Carmen”). As Escamillo goes into the arena, Frasquita warns Carmen that José is nearby, but Carmen is unafraid and willing to speak to him. Alone, she is confronted by the desperate José (“C’est toi ! C’est moi !”). While he pleads vainly for her to return to him, cheers are heard from the arena. As José makes his last entreaty, Carmen contemptuously throws down the ring he gave her and attempts to enter the arena. He then stabs her, and as Escamillo is acclaimed by the crowds, Carmen dies. José kneels and sings “Ah! Carmen! ma Carmen adorée!”; as the crowd exits the arena, José confesses to killing the woman he loved.

 

 

MORE INFO

SICILIA CLASSICA FESTIVAL: www.facebook.com/siciliaclassicafestival – siciliaclassicafestival@gmail.com – Mob. +39 339 529 9932

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

F E S T I V A L   L I R I C O   D E I   T E A T R  I   D I   P I E T R A

Ennio Morricone Tribute

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 10th August 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Special Guest: Alberto Urso

 

TICKETS on ticketone

Parterre Gold: € 75,00
Parterre: € 65,00
Gallery (central): € 55,00
Gallery (lateral): € 45,00
Cavea (upper circle – central, nymbered seats): € 33,00
Cavea (upper circle – lateral, non-numbered seats): € 22,00

 

 

MORE INFO

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WHERE TO STAY

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Turandot

An Opera by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Friday 9th August 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

CAST
Turandot: Chrystelle Di Marco
Calaf: Eduardo Sandoval
Liù: Elena Mosuc

Production: Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra
Direction: Salvo Dolce
Chourus: Coro Lirico Siciliano

 

TICKETS on ticketone

Parterre Gold: € 98,00
Parterre: € 88,00
Gallery (central): € 77,00
Gallery (lateral): € 66,00
Cavea (upper circle – central, nymbered seats): € 50,00
Cavea (upper circle – lateral, non-numbered seats): € 27,50

 

 

MORE INFO

Coro Lirico Siciliano: www.facebook.com/coroliricosiciliano?locale=it_IT

 

WHERE TO STAY

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