“La Sesión Cubana” Tour

Taormina Greek Theatre

July 28 2013, 9.30pm


Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari comes back to Taormina for a great concert during “La Sesión Cubana tour 2013. Obviously in the stunning set of the Taormina Greek Theatre!

In December 2012 Zucchero released a new album “La Sesión Cubana”, entirely recorded in Cuba. The album can boasts the collaboration of Bebe and Djavan, Don Was and Michael Brauer and is already been awarded with the “platinum disc” award.
During the “La Sesión Cubana” tour Zucchero will perform new and old hits such as “Bacco Perbacco”, “Così Celeste”, “Guantanamera”, “Baila”, “Diamante”, “Vedo Nero”, “Overdose D’Amore”, “Con Le Mani”, “Diavolo In Me”, “Per Colpa di Chi” and many others.

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Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 63,25
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): €40,25
Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730

Polo Jones: Bass player/MD
Kat Dyson: Guitar player/backing vocals
Mario Schilirò: Guitar player
Adriano Molinari: Drums player
Nicola Peruch: Keyboards
Horacio Hernandez: Drums player
Elmer Ferrer: Tres guitar
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo: Percussions
Jorge Luis Nunez: Percussions
Karel Escalona: Timbales
Lazaro Amauri: Trumpet
Osmil Rene’: Trumpet
Maykel Fernando: Trombone
Dorian Carol: Backing vocals
Dyalis De Regla: Backing vocals
Liuba Calvo: Backing vocals

Cocciante canta Cocciante

July 27th 2013

Greek Theatre, 9.30pm


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Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730

Stalls (Parterre): € 74,80
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 49,50
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 34,50


Riccardo Cocciante, also known in French-speaking countries and the U.S. as Richard Cocciante (born 1946), is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer and musician. His oeuvre includes recordings in Italian, French, English, and Spanish; he has recorded some of his songs in all four languages.

He was born in Saigon, Vietnam, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to an Italian father and a French mother. He moved to Rome, Italy at the age of 11 where he attended school and started his career as musician coming to success around 1972. He also lived in the USA and Ireland. In 1976, Cocciante covered the Beatles song “Michelle” for the musical documentary “All This and World War II”, as well as releasing his sole English album in the US.

In 1991 he won the Sanremo Festival with the song “Se stiamo insieme”, and for Christmas 1997 legendary Spanish operatic tenor and friend Plácido Domingo invited him to sing at Domingo’s annual Christmas in Vienna concert, together with Sarah Brightman and Helmut Lotti.

As of 2008, Cocciante has three musicals running, probably Notre-Dame de Paris being the most known. This musical may later be put into competition against another musical in progress, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical).

Roberto Bolle and the American Ballet Theatre of New York

Taormina Greek Theatre

July 26th 2013, 9.00pm


Roberto Bolle and the most talented dancers of the American Ballet of New York will perform in the outstanding frame of the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina.

Roberto Bolle trained at La Scala Ballet School where he entered at the age of 11. Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice his talent and he chose Roberto to interpret Tadzio in the ballet Death in Venice. In 1996, just two years after he joined the Theatre Company as a member of the corps Roberto was promoted to Principal. His brilliant carrier took off immediately following his entry into the company along with invites to the most important theatres in the world. The attention Roberto has received from the Media and his presence as guest star at the greatest international events has made him a unique example of a star and a world-class dancer. For the 2009 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, he performed as a Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre: it was the first time that a male Italian dancer had joined the Company as a Principal. More on his biography at http://www.robertobolle.com/

Video of Roberto Bolle performing in Taormina

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Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls (Parterre): € 110,00
Gallery: € 88,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 66,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 44,00

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.
(Source: georgebenson.com)

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 boxol.it – 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.

 see the video: http://vimeo.com/70505679

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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.

Tickets on boxol.it
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: http://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/verga-littlenovels/verga-littlenovels-00-h.html
(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.

Tickets on boxol.it 
Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls (Parterre): € 25,00
Gallery: € 20,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00