Antonello Venditti & Francesco De Gregori

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 27th August 2022 @ 9.30pm

 

Venditti (born 1949) and De Gregori (born 195)  are two of the most famopopular italian song writers.

 

TICKETS on boxol and ticketone
Stalls (Parterre): € 95,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 69,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 40,00

 

MORE INFO

https://it-it.facebook.com/fdegregori

https://www.facebook.com/AntonelloVendittiUfficiale

 

 

 

 

Anima Mundi

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 27th August 2022 @ 9.30

 

TICKETS on boxol.it € 20,00 (Under 26 and Over 65: € 10,00)

 

 

MORE INFO

Fondazione Taormina Arte – T. +39 391 7462 146 – www.taormina-arte.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Amore

a play by Spiro Scimone

Taormina Congress Hall,  August 26th 2022 @ 9.30 pm

(the play is in Italian)

 

The scene is a surreal cemetery. On stage two couples: the old man and the old woman, the commander and the fireman. Four figures that have no name and who move among the graves. Time is suspended, perhaps, they are living the last day of their lives.

Credit: www.paneacquaculture.net

Credit: www.paneacquaculture.net

 

Direction:  Francesco Sframeli
with Spiro Scimone, Francesco Sframeli, Gianluca Cesale, Giulia Weber
Scenes: Lino Fiorito, Nino Zuccaro
Lights: Beatrice Ficalbi
Assistant Director: Roberto Bonaventura
Technical Director: Santo Pinizzotto
Production: Compagnia Scimone Sframeli

 

TICKETS on boxol.it: € 20,00 (under 26 and over 65: € 10,00)

 

MORE INFO

www.paneacquaculture.net/2017/02/15/amore-al-crepuscolo-della-vita – A preview in Italian

Fondazione Taormina Arte – T. +39 391 7462 146 – www.taormina-arte.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

 

Tommaso Paradiso

Space Cowboy Tour 2022

Ancient Theatre, Friday 26th August 2022 @ 900 pm

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): €
Gallery: €
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 59,80
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 46,00

 

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WHERE TO STAY

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Amore

a play by Spiro Scimone

Taormina Congress Hall,  August 25th 2022 @ 9.30 pm

(the play is in Italian)

 

The scene is a surreal cemetery. On stage two couples: the old man and the old woman, the commander and the fireman. Four figures that have no name and who move among the graves. Time is suspended, perhaps, they are living the last day of their lives.

Credit: www.paneacquaculture.net

Credit: www.paneacquaculture.net

 

Direction:  Francesco Sframeli

with Spiro Scimone, Francesco Sframeli, Gianluca Cesale, Giulia Weber
Scenes: Lino Fiorito, Nino Zuccaro
Lights: Beatrice Ficalbi
Assistant Director: Roberto Bonaventura
Technical Director: Santo Pinizzotto
Production: Compagnia Scimone Sframeli

 

TICKETS on boxol.it: € 20,00 (under 26 and over 65: € 10,00)

 

MORE INFO

www.paneacquaculture.net/2017/02/15/amore-al-crepuscolo-della-vita – A review in Italian

Fondazione Taormina Arte – T. +39 391 7462 146 – www.taormina-arte.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

 

 

The Four Seasons

Music by Antonio Vivaldi

Opera Ballet Company

Choreography by Aurelie Mounier

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 23rd August 2022 @ 9.30 pm

 

Choreography: Aurelie Mounier
Artistic direction: Rosanna Brocanello
Artistic consultancy: Laura Pulin
Dancers: Aura Calarco, Emiliano Candiago, Sofia Galvan, Stefania Menestrina, Gaia Mondini, Giulia Orlando, Riccardo Papa, Frederic Zoungla
Ma’ìtre de ballet: Christophe Ferrari
Costumes: Beatrice Laurora, Isabella Fumagalli, Maia Sikharulidze
Technical direction: Laura De Bernardis
Management: Federico Grilli
Organization: Margherita Fantoni

A COB (Compagnia Opus Ballet) production

 

The Four Seasons tells the idea of Antonio Vivaldi, the great Venetian composer: the relationship between man, society and the changing of the seasons. The search for a balance with Nature. Mankind must protect Nature. Nature is us, respecting it means respecting ourselves, the generations to come and the future of our planet.

 

TICKETS on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): €50,00 (Under 25 and Over 60 € 20.00)
Gallery: €50,00 (Under 25 and Over 60 € 20.00)
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 20,00 (Under 25 and Over 60 € 15.00)
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00 (Under 25 and Over 60 € 10.00)

 

MORE INFO
https://cobdanza.it/
www.facebook.com/compagniaopusballet

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Aida

by Giuseppe Verdi

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 21st August 2022 @ 9.30 pm

 

TICKETS on viagogo
More info assoon as possible

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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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

Carmen

by George Bizet

Ancient Theatre, August 9th 2022 @ 9.30 pm

 

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 boxol.it and ticketone
Stalls (Parterre): € 100,00 (uunder 12: 52,50 – under 26 and over 65: €80,00)
Gallery (central, gold): € 85,00 (under 12: €45,00 – under 26 and over 65: 70,00)
Gallery (lateral): € 75,00 (under 12: €38,00 – under 26 and over 65: 60,00)
Upper circle (cavea, numbered seats): € 65,00 (under 12: €33,00 – under 26 and over 65: 55,00)
Upper circle (cavea, non-numbered seats): € 33,00 (under 12: €16,50 – under 26 and over 65: 27,50)

 

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.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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The kids of the Children’s Chorus of Taormina

Concerto D’Estate

by Piccolo Coro Città di Taormina

Taormina Congress Hall, Sunday 7th August 2022 @6.30 pm

 

This year, the City Chorus of white voices will celebrate their 14th year of activity.

It is a charity event in favor of the children and the schools of Guinea Bissau.

Admission is free with reservation required at this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ollPjAx-PM2i43qKmhmfzEJhZyf5MVdyRMLWNUzDNXg/

 

MORE INFO

https://www.facebook.com/pcdbtaormina

 

WHERE TO STAY

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

Ben Harper – Credit: Jacob Boll

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 6th August 2022 @ 9.45pm

 

Benjamin Charles Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism. He has released twelve regular studio albums, mostly through Virgin Records, and has toured internationally.

Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013.

At the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, Harper’s joint composition with Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy in This Land”, was named Song of the Year.

 

TICKETS on ticketone

Stalls (Parterre): € 110,00
Gallery (central): € 110,00
Gallery (lateral): € 95,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 66,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 50,00

 

MORE INFO

https://www.benharper.com

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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