George Benson

“Inspiration – A Tribute to Nat King Cole”

Taormina Greek Theatre, 9.30pm

July 24 2013, 9.30pm


George Benson is a ten-time GRAMMY Award winning American legendary guitarist.

After four years of touring and developing “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” the legendary George Benson makes his most inspired album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.  This recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson’s career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole’s timeless body of work. Benson’s heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

On the stage with Benson (voice and guitar): Randy Waldman (piano), Michael O’Neill (voice and guitar), Stanley Banks (bass), Thom Hall (keyboard) and Oscar Seaton (drums).

During the concert, new and old hits: “Give Me the Night”, “On Broadway”, “Turn Your Love Around”, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, “The Greatest Love Of All”, “Love X Love”, “Love Ballad”, “You Are The Love Of My Life”, “This Masquerade” and “Breezin’”:

More info soon available!

Luisa Kuliok in “The String of Pearls”

Greek Theatre

July 21st 2013, 9.00pm

Luisa Kuliok, the Argentine actress who moved Italy as protagonist of the Woman of Mystery, returns to Taormina. On July 21,
The String of Pearls is a monologue by Helena Tritek, a theatrical journey of epic tones that through poems, stories, philosophy and ancient fables confronts the themes of life, love, war, starting with the strong message of dialogue among religions.
The Italian versin is adapted and directed by Piero Nicosia. On stage the versatile actress becomes different characters. The live music, written by master Giallanza, is performed by Calogero Giallanza (flute), Augusta Giraldi (harp) Paolo Rossetti (percussion).

Tickets on – Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls (Parterre): € 25,00
Gallery: € 15,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 10,00

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The story is set in London in the year 1785. The plot concerns the strange disappearance of a sailor named Lieutenant Thornhill, last seen entering Sweeney Todd’s establishment on Fleet Street. Thornhill was bearing a gift of a string of pearls to a girl named Johanna Oakley on behalf of her missing lover, Mark Ingestrie, who is presumed lost at sea. One of Thornhill’s seafaring friends, Colonel Jeffrey, is alerted to the disappearance of Thornhill by his faithful dog, Hector, and investigates his whereabouts. He is joined by Johanna, who wants to know what happened to Mark.
Johanna’s suspicions of Sweeney Todd’s involvement lead her to the desperate and dangerous expedient of dressing up as a boy and entering Todd’s employment, after his last assistant, Tobias Ragg, has been incarcerated in a madhouse. Eventually, the full grisly horror of Todd’s activities is uncovered when the dismembered remains of hundreds of his victims are discovered in the crypt underneath St. Dunstan’s church. Meanwhile, Mark, who has been imprisoned in the cellars beneath the pie shop and put to work as the cook, escapes via the lift used to bring the pies up from the cellar into the pie-shop. Here he makes the following startling announcement to the customers of that establishment:

    “Ladies and gentlemen – I fear that what I am going to say will spoil your appetites; but the truth is beautiful at all times, and I have to state that Mrs. Lovett’s pies are made of human flesh!”

Mrs. Lovett is then poisoned by Sweeney Todd who is, himself, apprehended and hanged. Johanna marries Mark and lives happily ever after.


Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse Tour

Taormina Greek Theatre

July 20 2013, 9.30pm


Ludovico Einaudi started his career as a classical composer and soon began incorporating other styles and genres, including pop, rock, world music, and folk music. The brilliant composer will be on the stage accompanied by a small orchestra which includes strings, percussion instruments and electronic instruments.

Ludoviso Einaudi has received the OMRI (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), the senior order of Knighthood bestowed by the Italian Republic.

ABOUT In Time Lapse
“It is only when we become aware that our time is limited that we can channel our energy into truly living” Ludovico Einaudi

In A Time Lapse is the representation of the bringing together all of life’s experience and emotions into a single moment of time. Recorded in a remote monastery near Verona and written over a period of 2 years it is as Epic and emotional as Divenire and as experimental and adventurous as Nightbook.

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Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls and Gallery: € 35,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 24,00



“Le Macchine di Leonardo”

Exhibition of the Leonardo da Vinci’s machines

previous Church of San Francesco – Badia Vecchia Museum

July 20th – October 31st 2013
Ticket:  € 8,00 –  (resident population: € 5,00)

“Le Macchine di Leonardo”, the world’s biggest (PRIVATE) collection of Leonardo da Vinci machines is born following the juvenile passion of Carlo (born on 25th February 1936), the founder of the Niccolai family and company.
Particularly skilled craftsmen, the members of the Niccolai family have so far developed 150 different models, based on the Da Vinci codes and on historical documents using the materials of Leonardo’s time: wood, metal, ropes and fabrics.
According to the unwritten rules of Florentine craftsmen, Carlo Niccolai has passed on his passion to his sons and grandsons, who, thanks to their knowledge of new technologies have enriched the collection with new models and organised more than a hundred exhibitions all over the world in the last ten years.

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Taormina Greek Theatre

July 17th 2013, 9.30pm

Incognito is a British band as well as one of the members of the United Kingdom’s acid jazz movement. Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981, and 14 more albums followed, the last of which, Surreal, was released in 2012.
The band’s frontman, composer, record producer, guitarist and singer is Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick.

Organized in collaboration with Catania Jazz.

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Stalls (Parterre) and Gallery: € 27,50
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 22,00



An Evening With Mark Knopfler

July 16th 2013
Taormina Greek Theatre, 9.00pm

European Tour, 72 concerts in 25 nations, includng 7 dates in Italy.
On July 16th the incredible Mark Knopfler will be live at Teatro Antico

Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 80,50
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 69,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 57,50

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Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730 

Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce seven solo albums, including Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia (2000), and Get Lucky (2009). He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997).
Knopfler is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era, and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award and the Steiger Award, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom.




Enrico Guarneri in “Mastro Don Gesualdo”

Taormina Greek Theatre

Juyl 13th 2013, 9.30pm

Mastro Don Gesualdo is a novel by Giovanni Verga (Catania-Sicily, 1840-1922) who, at the end of the nineteenth century, was acclaimed as one of the greatest European writers of the time and his novels were reprinted many times, even in the States.
Verga is best known for his depictions of life in Sicily, and especially for the short story (and later play) Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustican Chivalry) and the novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree).
His works were often translated by D.H Lawrence who was a great estimator of Sicily and Verga’s works. In fact, soon after World War I, Lawrence made his second visit to Italy and in 1920 he settled in Taormina. This “Sicilian peoriod” was for Lawrence the time of his discovery of Verga.

Mastro Don Gesualdo “is a fine full tale, a fine full picture of life, with a bold beauty of its own which Mr. Lawrence must have relished greatly as he translated it” (Observer)

If you want to know more about Verga’s novels, have a look at this link:
(thanks to A Project Gutenberg Canada Ebook)

The dramaturgic adaptation performed at the Taormina Greek Theatre, sees as main actor Enrico Guarneri.
Other Actors: Ileana Rigano and Francesca Ferro. Direction by Guglielmo Fetrro.

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Stalls (Parterre): € 25,00
Gallery: € 20,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00


Taormina Greek Theatre, 9.30pm

This year is the bicentenary anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and Taormina wants to celebrate this great artist by performing one of his best known works: Rigoletto

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. It was first performed at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851. The story is set in Mantua (north Italy) in the Sixteenth century.

A world renown cast will be on stage:
Baritono: Carlos Almaguer (Rigoletto)
Tenore: Gianluca Terranova (Duca di Mantova)
Soprano: Rocio Ignacio (Gilda),
Basso: Gianfranco Montresor (Monterone).

Orchestra Sinfonica Bellini, conductor Gianluca Martinenghi
Direction and Sets: Enrico Castiglione
Costumes: Sonia Cammarata


Stalls (Parterre): € 75,00
Gallery: € 50,50
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 39,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 22,00

Stalls (Parterre): € 85,00
Gallery: € 57,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 44,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 27,50

Stalls (Parterre): € 95,00
Gallery: € 63,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 49,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 33,00

Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 70,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 54,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 38,00

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Act One
The Duke is boasting to his courtiers about his conquests and leads the latest, Countess Ceprano, to a private chamber whilst his hunchbacked jester, Rigoletto makes fun of her husband. Marullo announces the suspicions around Rigoletto having a mistress and Count Ceprano conspires with the courtiers to punish Rigoletto. Monterone enters to condemn the Duke for having seduced his daughter, but he is placed under arrest and scorned by Rigoletto. He utters a curse on both Rigoletto and the Duke. At home Rigoletto is greeted by his daughter, Gilda, whom he keeps hidden away. He reminisces about his late wife and demands Giovanna, the governess, to admit noone into the house; he has been frightened by Monterone’s curse. When Rigoletto has left, the Duke slips into their garden and silences Giovanna with money. He tells Gilda he is a poor student called Gualtier Maldè and that he is in love with her, rushing away when he hears approaching footsteps. Rigoletto is stopped by the courtiers outside his house who ask him to help abduct Countess Ceprano. He is fooled into wearing a blindfold and holding a ladder against his own wall whilst the courtiers break into his home and kidnap Gilda instead.

Act Two
The Duke is deeply upset about Gilda’s disappearance and rushes to see her when the courtiers inform him it was they who took her. Rigoletto enters looking for Gilda; the courtiers are shocked to hear she is actually his daughter and not his mistress as they had thought. Rigoletto condemns them and embraces Gilda. Monterone is sent to the dungeon and Rigoletto vows to avenge both Monterone and the Duke.

Act Three
Outside Sparafucile’s place Rigoletto and Gilda watch the Duke flirt with Sparafucile’s sister, Maddalena. Rigoletto sends his daughter off to disguise herself as a boy for her escape and then pays Sparafucile to kill the Duke. Gilda returns and hears Maddalena persuade her brother to kill not the Duke but the first person who walks into his inn. Despite his betrayal, Gilda sacrifices herself for the Duke and enters the inn. Rigoletto claims the body in a sack and gloats only to hear the Duke in the distance. Anxiously he cuts the sack open and finds Gilda who dies asking for his forgiveness.


Rally of Taormina

2nd Edition

Taormina and surroundings

July 6/7 2013


Organised by the New Turbomark Rally Team. This year the event in in the calendar of the Sicilian Rally Championship and in the Clio R3 Trophy .
A new edition completely revolutionized as to be more spectacular, harder from a technical point of view and… cheaper for the particpants!
On the first day the race will start from Taormina (coastal area of Mazzeo) on July 6th at 7,01pm. The day after the start is from the promenade of Santa Teresa Riva and the arrive is expected, in the same town, after some 140 miles of hard and selective routes, at around 7.00pm.
A run through the picturesque Sicilian countryside that will reach many villages and towns of the nearby Ionian area: Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Limina, Santa Teresa di Riva, Savoca, Alì Terme, Alì, Casalvecchio Siculo and others.


Info and program on (in Italian)



 67th Silver Ribbon Awards Ceremony

Taormina Greek Theatre

July 6th 2013, 9.30

The Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) is a movie award assigned each year, since 1946, for cinematic performances and production by the Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani, the association of Italian film critics. The Nastro d’argento is the oldest movie award in Europe, and the second oldest in the world (only the Academy Awards are older). The awards are given during a fashion gala night held at the Taormina Greek Theatre.

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Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls (Parterre) and Gallery: € 20,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 15,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 10,00





BEST DIRECTOR Giuseppe Tornatore – La migliore offerta
BEST COMEDY Maria Sole Tognazzi – Viaggio sola
BEST PRODUCER Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia – La migliore offerta
BEST SUBJECT Massimo Gaudioso and Matteo Garrone – Reality
BEST SCREENPLAY Roberto Andò and Angelo Pasquini – Viva la libertà
BEST ACTOR Aniello Arena – Reality
BEST ACTRESS Jasmine Trinca – Un giorno devi andare AND Miele
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Carlo Verdone – La grande bellezza
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Sabrina Ferilli – La grande bellezza
BEST CINEMTOGRAPHY Luca Bigazzi – L’intervallo, La grande bellezza AND Un giorno speciale
BEST FILM EDITING Massimo Quaglia – La migliore offerta
BEST ART DIRECTION Maurizio Sabatini and Raffaella Giovannetti – La migliore offerta
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Maurizio Millenotti – Reality AND La migliore offerta
BEST SOUND Emanuele Cecere – La grande bellezza AND Miele
BEST SOUNDRACK Ennio Morricone – La migliore offerta
BEST ORIGINAL SONG Cesare Cremonini and Gianni Morandi in Padroni di casa – “Amor mio
BEST FILM Bernardo Bertolucci – Io e Te



“Io e te” ” – Me & You” by Bernardo Bertolucci is the winner of the Best Film Silver Ribbon Awards 2013.

Based on the novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, it is the story of an introverted teenager who tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time in a basement.
The soundtrack is the Italian version of “Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola” by David Bowie

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writers: Niccolò Ammaniti (based on the novel by), Niccolò Ammaniti, Umberto Contarello, Francesca Marciano, Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay),
Stars: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno.

Watch the official trailer: Io e Te



Nastro d’Argento Best Director (since 1946)
Nastro d’Argento Best Actor (since 1946)
Nastro d’Argento Best Actress (since 1946)
Nastro d’Argento Best supporting Actor
Nastro d’Argento Best supporting Actress
Nastro d’Argento Best Score (since 1947)
Nastro d’Argento Best Comedy (since 2009)
Nastro d’Argento Best Producer (since 1954)
Nastro d’Argento Best Story
Nastro d’Argento Best Script (since 1948)
Nastro d’Argento Best Photography
Nastro d’Argento Best Scenography
Nastro d’Argento Best Costumes (since 1953)
Nastro d’Argento Best European Film (since 2007)
Nastro d’Argento Best Extraeuropean Film (since 2007)
Nastro d’Argento Best Documentary
Nastro d’Argento Best Short
Nastro d’Argento Best 3D-Film (since 2010)