Taormina Arte Festival: music, prose and dance on stage from July 8 to August 18

After the Taormina Film Festival, which ended for the 69th time on July 1, the summer program presented by the Taormina Arta Sicilia Foundation continues with a program of music, prose and dance that offers many surprises from July 8 to August 18.

Foundation director Esther Bonafede and artistic director Beatrice Venesi have been working in recent months to conclude a number of co-production and partnership agreements with national and international organizations and foundations. Among them are the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, with the help of which the opening gala concert of the entire summer season “Pavarotti Forever” was organized on June 23, as well as the Opera-Theater Metz, the oldest opera house in France and a central production of opera, dance and theater. Along with this, the co-production partnership with ARTEVEN, the Veneto regional theater network and MUPA Budapest is important, which will also allow companies participating in national premieres to subsequently be able to distribute unpublished artistic projects. All this with the aim of maximizing cooperation with Sicilian organizations, with which positive collaboration is being developed in order to maximize collaboration between local eminent masters, such as the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania.

Begins Saturday, July 8 To Ancient theater with Triptych Pucciniano (repeat on July 13), a joint production of Taormina Arte and the Metz Opera, in collaboration with the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, under the direction of Paul-Emile Fourny, the opera chorus “Francesco Cilea” under the direction of Claudio Bagnato and orchestra conductor Beatrice Venesi. The cast includes such great opera stars as Marcelo Alvarez, Massimo Cavalletti, Marco Chaponi, Francesca Tiburzi and Annunziata Vestri on stage with young talents selected by the Pavarotti Foundation.

Sunday July 9 it’s time for Zuckerman triounder the guidance of one of the most virtuoso, sought-after and versatile musicians of our time, violinist and violist Pinchas Zuckermanat a chamber music concert with a cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Shai Wosner.

Pinchas Tsukerman will return to performing Wednesday July, 12 in a symphony concert with the orchestra of the Taormina Arte festival.

Friday, July 14 national premiere will take place Across the river and into the treesprose-animated show in co-production with ArteVen, to the text by Ernest Hemingway, director Giancarlo Marinelli.

Thursday July 20 there troupe “DT Junior Ballet” with choreography Alessandra Scalambrinodrama by Rosalba Buda and original music Carmelo Moceri will spice up the show Rootsnational premiere, held in Trevelyan Park in Villa Comunale, built on the metaphor of human existence in similarity to the transcendental development of a tree.

Another opera production of great importance will be TurandotPlanned Friday, July 21 (repeat July 23), new production by the Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation with direction, sets and costumes Giancarlo from Monacoopera chorus “Francesco Cilea” under the direction of maestro Luigi Petrozziello and musical direction Gianluca Martinenghi.

Saturday, July 22 prose returns with Francis, Brother of the Cosmos (repeat July 24), national premiere staged by Leonardo Petrillo and interpretation Luca Lazzareschiinspired by the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi “Laudato Sì”, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the birth of the first nativity scene.

Tuesday, July 25 they will be on stage Soloists of L’Aquila with a multimedia show dedicated to 4 seasons Antonio Vivaldi.

Wednesday July 26 Eleonora Abbagnato will be the main character Julietproduction, signed Daniele Cipriani in which music and dance combine to paint a new and unusual portrait of the most celebrated Veronese of all time, creating a portrait of an ethereal and sensual woman, intangible and strong-willed, with a timeless charm.

Thursday, July 27on occasion 160th anniversary of the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Soloists of L’Aquila director Beatriz Venesi with voice Giorgio Pasottiwill present the national premiere I’ll keep an eye on you. I will protect you.

Friday, July 28 Beatrice Venesi AND Pietrangelo Butafuoco they will become the main characters of the reading called Declarations of love, skirmishes bordering on poetry.

Wednesday August 16 (repeat on August 18) a classic of Italian opera, the diptych, will be staged. Cavalleria Rusticana / Clowns in co-production Taormina Arte e Hungarian State Opera House with direction Georges Delnonopera chorus “Francesco Cilea” under the direction of maestro Luigi Petrozziello and orchestral management Marco Guidarini.

Another feature of the program will be Past forwarddance show with Etoile Jacopo Tission the stage Thursday, August 17which will give the general public the opportunity to get closer to the world of ballet with choreography inspired by the great masters of the classical, demi-classical and contemporary repertoire, including Marius Petipa, Roland Petit, Alberto Alonso, Christian Shpuck and Yuri Pensokhov.

In the end, from July 8, 2023 to August 31, 2023 The Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation presents South windowan art exhibition dedicated to the eclectic talent of Taormina. Alessandro Florio, a contemporary artist of great importance. In the intimate setting of the Casa del Cinema, colors, shapes and concepts combine harmoniously in his creative universe, spanning the abstract and figurative, surrealism and magical realism, revealing an intense exploration of the depths of the human soul.

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