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Italian Opera Taormina – Opera Selection

Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera by Pietro Mscagni

Gardens of the Teatro Nazarena, via Fontana Vecchia n°3, on Sunday 4th August 2024 @ 9.15pm
Entrance:  strictly by 8.45pm. The performance will start at 9.00pm and it’s convenient to arrive 30 minutes earlier.

* In case of bad weather conditions, the performance will be held inside the Nazarene Theater

 

Since December 6th 2023, The Italian Opera is listed among the wonders of the Intangible Heritage of the World.
The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina will show you why!

Opera Selection is a selection of works performed live with excellent artists and accompanied by pianists equally virtuous. Every first Sunday of the month a different Opera is on show.

 

Sunday 4th August 2024: Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni 

On stage:

SANTUZZA
Carmen Salomone

ALFIO
Graziano D’Urso

TURIDDU
Moises Molis

LOLA
Sabrina Messina

Maestro: Antonio Gennaro
Art Director: Silvia Di Falco
Costumes: Italian Opera Live
Scenic Design: Clara Intilisano

 

 

TICKETS on Italian Opera Taormina @ € 50,00 (standard, unassigned tickets)

Drink on the panoramic terrace included
Free for children up to 6 yo

 

MORE INFO

For more info and booking, please contact the mobile 0039 340 64 26 230 or ask your hotel.

www.italianoperataormina.comwww.facebook.com/italianoperataorminawww.instagram.com/italianoperataormina

Info and booking: mobile 0039 340 6426230 – info@italianoperataormina.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Sax Quartet

“Il Potere della Gentilezza” in jazz

Gianrico Carofiglio

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 8 August 2024  @ 9.00pm

 

Gianrico Carofiglio is an Italian novelist and former anti-Mafia judge in the city of Bari. His debut novel, Involuntary Witness, published in 2002 has been adapted as the basis for a popular television series in Italy.

The show “Il Potere della Gentilezza” (“The power of kindness”), is a ,monologue on the importance and need to practice kindness, the power of doubt, the ability to ask good questions.

 

TICKETS on Ticketone.it

Stalls (Platea): € 55,00
Gallery: € 49,50
Cavea (Upper Circle): € 44,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 27,00

 

 

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

PUCCINI CELEBRATION

Tosca, Boheme, Madama Butterfly – Suites

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 6th August 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Lola Astanova, piano

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it and boxol.it

Parterre Gold (Platea): € 75,00
Parterre (Platea): € 65,00
Gallery, central: € 55,00
Gallery, lateral: € 45,00
Cavea (Upper Circle): € 33,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 22,00

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Biagio Antonacci

Funziona solo se stiamo 

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 3rd August 2024 @9.30

 

Antonacci is an Italian singer-songwriter from Milan.

On 1 September 2005 in Hollywood, Biagio Antonacci received the World Music Award for “Best-Selling Male Italian Artist” for over a million copies of his two-part album Convivendo sold by early November.

 

 

TICKETS on Ticketone.it and boxol

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

 

MORE INFO

www.biagioantonacci.itwww.instagram.com/biagioantonacci

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

T O   B E   C O N F I R M E D

Biagio Antonacci

Funziona solo se stiamo 

Ancient Theatre, Friday 2nd August 2024 @9.30 – TO BE CONFIRMED

 

Antonacci is an Italian singer-songwriter from Milan.

On 1 September 2005 in Hollywood, Biagio Antonacci received the World Music Award for “Best-Selling Male Italian Artist” for over a million copies of his two-part album Convivendo sold by early November.

 

 

TICKETS on boxol

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

 

MORE INFO

www.biagioantonacci.itwww.instagram.com/biagioantonacci

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Biagio Antonacci

Funziona solo se stiamo 

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 1st August 2024 @9.30

 

Antonacci is an Italian singer-songwriter from Milan.

On 1 September 2005 in Hollywood, Biagio Antonacci received the World Music Award for “Best-Selling Male Italian Artist” for over a million copies of his two-part album Convivendo sold by early November.

 

TICKETS on Ticketone.it and boxol

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

 

MORE INFO

www.biagioantonacci.itwww.instagram.com/biagioantonacci

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

T A O R M I N A   O P E R A   F E S T I V A L

Manon Lescaut

by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 30th 2024 @ 9.00pm

 

Direction and Scene Design: Enrico Castiglione

Chorus and Orchestra of the Taormina Opera Festival

 

TICKETS on vivaticket.it

Prices up to June 30
Gallery, central: € 65,00 – Reduced: € 60,00
Gallery, lateral: € 55,00 – Reduced: € 50,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 18,00 – Reduced: € 15,00

 

Prices from 1st to 15th July
Gallery, central: € 70,00 – Reduced: € 65,00
Gallery, lateral: € 60,00 – Reduced: € 55,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 20,00 – Reduced: € 18,00

 

Prices from 16th July to date of event
Gallery, central: € 75,00 – Reduced: € 70,00
Gallery, lateral: € 65,00 – Reduced: € 60,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 25,00 – Reduced: € 20,00

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Act 1
Amiens: A large public square near the Paris Gate

Off the square is an Avenue on one side and an Inn on the other, with a balcony. It is evening, townspeople, soldiers and a crowd of male students and girls stroll through the avenue and square while others gather in groups. Some are seated at the tables outside the Inn, drinking and gambling.

Edmondo sings a song of youthful pleasure (Edmondo, chorus of students, girls and townspeople: Ave, sera gentile – Hail gentle evening). Des Grieux enters, and they greet him, but he is melancholic and does not join the others, singing cynically of love (des Grieux, Edmondo, chorus: L’amor?, L’amor? …io non conosco! – Love?, Love?…I know nothing of that). They joke with him and provoke him to feign flirtation with the girls (des Grieux: Tra voi, belle, brune e bionde – Among you beauties, dark and fair); (Edmondo, chorus: Ma, bravo!).

A postillion horn is heard and the carriage from Arras pulls up at the Inn, as the crowd peers in to see who the passengers are (Chorus: Giunge il cocchio d’Arras! – Here comes the Arras coach!) Lescaut (Manon’s brother), then an elderly treasurer-general, Geronte di Ravoir, descend from the coach, Geronte helping Manon, then the remainder of the passengers. The crowd comments (Chorus, Edmondo, Lescaut, des Grieux, Geronte: Discendono, vediam! – Look, they are getting down!) Edmondo and the students admire Manon (Chi non darebbe a quella donnina bella? – Who would not give to that beautiful young woman?). Des Grieux is also smitten (Dio, quanto è bella! – Dear God, such beauty!). The other passengers enter the Inn, while Lescaut signals Manon to wait for him. She sits, as des Grieux, who has been fixated on her, approaches her and declares his feelings for her (des Grieux, Manon,: Cortese damigella – Gentle lady), only to learn she is destined for a convent at the will of her father. He offers to help her, and when Lescaut calls her he begs her to meet him later; she reluctantly agrees. After Manon leaves, des Grieux sings of his feelings for her (des Grieux: Donna non vidi mai – Never before have I beheld a woman such as this). The students and girls, who have been observing the couple, comment mockingly on his good fortune (Edmondo, students: La tua ventura ci rassicura – Your good fortune encourages us).

Lescaut and Geronte descend and converse in the square about Manon’s fate, observed by Edmondo. Geronte, who also is captivated by Manon, says she would be wasted in a convent. On hearing his fellow traveller’s opinion, Lescaut begins to reconsider his task of escorting his sister to the convent. The students invite Lescaut to join in their card game. Geronte observes that Lescaut is preoccupied with the game and discloses his plan to abduct Manon and take her to Paris to the Innkeeper, offering him money for assistance and his silence. Edmondo overhears the plan and informs des Grieux (Edmondo: Cavaliere, te la fanno! – Sir, they are outwitting you!). He offers to help des Grieux, arranging for the card players to keep Lescaut occupied.

Manon slips out of the inn to meet des Grieux as promised (Manon: Vedete? Io son fedele alla parola mia – You see? I am faithful to my word). He declares his love for her and advises her of the plot to abduct her, while Edmondo arranges for the carriage Geronte has hired to take the couple to Paris. They leave together just as Geronte arrives, ready to execute his plans (Geronte: Di sedur la sorellina e il momento! – The moment to seduce the little sister has arrived). Geronte is taunted by Edmondo. Realising he has been tricked, Geronte urges Lescaut to follow the departed pair. The more pragmatic Lescaut advises him that the pair will soon run out of money, and then Manon will be his.

 

Act 2
A room in Geronte’s house in Paris

(Puccini omits the part of the novel in which Manon and des Grieux live together for a few months, and Manon leaves des Grieux when his money has run out.)

Manon is now Geronte’s mistress. Manon and her hairdresser are in the room when Lescaut enters (Manon, Lescaut: Dispettosetto questo riccio!); (Lescaut: Sei splendida e lucente!). She tells him that Geronte is too old and wicked; he bores her. Manon is sad, and her thoughts turn to des Grieux (Manon: In quelle trine morbide); (Lescaut, Manon: Poiché tu vuoi saper).

Musicians hired by Geronte enter to amuse her (Madrigal: Sulla vetta tu del monte); (Manon, Lescaut: Paga costor). Geronte brings a dancing master; they dance a minuet, then she sings a gavotte (Dancing master, Geronte, Manon, chorus: Vi prego, signorina [minuet]); (Manon, Geronte, chorus: L’ora, o Tirsi, è vaga e bella). After dancing, Geronte and the musicians leave the house.

Dismayed that his sister is unhappy living with Geronte, Lescaut goes to find des Grieux. Des Grieux appears in Geronte’s house (Manon, des Grieux: Oh, sarò la più bella! – This love’s own magic spell). As des Grieux and Manon renew their vows of love, Geronte returns unexpectedly. He salutes the couple, reminding Manon of his many favors to her, including some precious jewels. She replies that she cannot love him (Geronte, des Grieux, Manon: Affè, madamigella).

Bowing low, he leaves them. Manon rejoices in their freedom (Manon: Ah! Ah! Liberi!); (des Grieux: “Ah, manon, mi tradisce il tuo folle pensiero). Lescaut urges them to leave the house at once, but Manon hesitates at the thought of leaving her jewels and pretty frocks. Again, Lescaut enters in breathless haste, making signs that they must depart immediately. Manon snatches up her jewels, and they go to the door. It has been locked by Geronte’s order. Soldiers appear to arrest Manon who, in trying to escape, drops the jewels at Geronte’s feet. She is dragged away and des Grieux is not permitted to follow her (des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, sergeant, Geronte: Lescaut! – Tu qui?).

(Intermezzo: The journey to Le Havre)

His various efforts to have Manon released and even to free her by force having failed, des Grieux follows her to Le Havre.

 

Act 3

Set design for act 3 by Ugo Gheduzzi for the world premiere performance
At dawn Manon is with the other imprisoned courtesans (des Grieux, Lescaut, Manon: Ansia eterna, crudel). Lescaut has bribed a guard to let des Grieux speak with Manon. Talking to her through the bars, he learns that she is to be deported to Louisiana. A lamplighter passes, singing a song as he extinguishes the lights (Lamplighter, des Grieux, Manon: E Kate ripose al re); (des Grieux, Manon: Manon, disperato è il mio prego).

They attempt a rescue, but in vain. The guard appears, escorting a group of women, who are going on the same ship as Manon. She walks among them, pale and sad. The crowd makes brutal comments during the roll call of the courtesans (Chorus, Lescaut, des Grieux, Manon: All’armi! All’armi!), but Lescaut inspires pity for Manon (Sergeant, chorus, Lescaut, Manon, des Grieux: Rosetta! – Eh, che aria!).

Des Grieux, in despair at the idea of being separated from Manon forever, goes to her side. He tries to seize her but is pushed away by the sergeant. However, the captain of the ship sees his intense grief (des Grieux: Pazzo son!) and allows him to board the ship.

 

Act 4

A vast plain near the outskirts of the New Orleans territory

Having fled the jealous intrigues of New Orleans, the lovers make their way across a desert to seek refuge in a British settlement. (Modern day Louisiana, however, has no desert. This probably refers to Louisiana (New France)) Wandering in the desert, the ailing Manon is exhausted. She falls and cannot go any farther (des Grieux, Manon: Tutta su me ti posa); (des Grieux: Vedi, son io che piango); (Manon, des Grieux: Sei tu che piangi).

Des Grieux is alarmed by Manon’s appearance and goes to look for water. While he is gone, Manon recalls her past and muses about her fatal beauty and her fate (Manon: Sola, perduta, abbandonata).

Des Grieux returns, having been unable to find water. Manon bids him a heart-rending farewell, however not before complaining about how her life has not been fair and that she is no longer beautiful. Before dying in his arms Manon asks des Grieux to tell her how beautiful she used to be, and how he must forgive her wrongdoings and faults before she dies, not listening to him repeat how much he loves her and will miss her. Overcome by grief at the death of his vain and selfish lover, des Grieux collapses across her body (Manon, des Grieux: Fra le tue braccia, amore).

 

 

MORE INFO

Festival Belliniano

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

Jimmy Sax

and the Symphonic Dance Orchestra

Taormina Ancient Theatre, Friday 26th July 2024 @ 9.30pm

 

Jim Rolland known as “Jimmy Sax” is an incredible saxophonist, multi-intrumentist, composer and entertainer more oriented towards electronic music.

A true performer, he has played worldwide, from New York to Saint Tropez, Miami, Cannes, Dubai, Paris, Monaco, Toronto, Capri, New Delhi, Cancun, Rome, Berlin, Saint Barth (where he lives) and many others.

His track record of 1,500 shows, 1 million followers, 300 Million views and 2 golden discs has turned him into a unique figure in the world of saxophone and electronic music.

(Source: www.selmer.fr/en/blogs/artistes/jimmy-sax)

 

TICKETS on Ticketone.it

Stalls (Platea): € 110,00
Gallery: € 95,00
Cavea (Upper Circle): € 75,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 40,00

 

MORE INFO

www.instagram.com/jimmysax – www.facebook.com/JimmySaxJimRolland –

 

Jimmy Sax live at Taormina on August 2022

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

 

 

Earth Wind & Fire Experience by Al McKay

Ancient Theatre, Wednesday 24, 2024 @9.30pm

 

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band whose music spans the genres of jazz, R&B, soul, funk, disco, pop, Latin, and Afro-pop. They are among the best-selling bands of all time, with sales of over 90 million records worldwide.

Albert “Al” McKay is an American guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He is a former member of the Earth, Wind & Fire band for which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. McKay now leads his own group called the Al McKay All Stars,

 

TICKETS on Ticketone

Stalls (Platea): € 89,00
Gallery: € 69,00
Cavea (Upper Circle): € 50,00
Cavea (Upper Circle, non-numbered seats): 30,00

 

MORE INFO

almckay.com

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

Taormina Film Fest 2024

70th Edition

The Festival has attracted a wealth of talented actors and actresses over the years. Some of the most notable names to attend the festival include legends such as Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, and Richard Burton. More recent attendees have included stars like Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Colin Firth, Monica Bellucci, John Malkovich, and Richard Gere. These actors and actresses have all contributed to the festival’s reputation as a premier destination for film lovers around the world.
(Source: taorminafilmestival.com)

 

W O R K   I N   P R O G R E S S … Stay Tuned!

 

MORE INFO

taorminafilmfestival.comwww.facebook.com/taofilmfest

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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