MONTECATINI OPERA FESTIVAL, certainly one of the best visiting cards of the town, presents a series of international musical events,all of them of high profile, and gives evidence of Montecatini’s link with art, culture, wellness. This Festival,which is specially devoted to lovers of great music and the Opera,intends also to highlight the cultural historical heritage of this area,in particular the great Opera tradition.
The steady growing number of audience, even after 15 yearsin contrast with the rather negative response to any cultural initiative, confirms the Festival successful formula, also due to the great care and attention, given to any detail and mainly to the high quality of the events.
In addition the continuous research for new forms of artistic and cultural dialogues makes the Festival a sort of multiform container, suitable for various forms of musical entertainments .
The most attractive places inside the thermal buildings of Montecatini SPA are the perfect location for the performance of the 20 concerts of the year. The beautiful historical hall of the Excelsior,a real jewel of the early 20th century architecture, is the ideal place to enjoy music with the same intimacy as in a salon of the late 19thcentury.The Tettuccio,where the music of the great composers who have made Montecatini famous all over the world, still echoes and gives a warm welcome to everybody.
This season’s programme, as usual, offers young promising artists a lot of precious opportunities to start their careers, and presents great international artists, prestigious forms of collaboration,as the one with Russian artists and famous theatres in St.Petersburg, which started last year.
The new edition of ST.PETERSBURG-MONTECATINI OPERA FESTIVALadds to the original structure some important novelties:the participation of famous Russian Artists as well as of great theatres from Moscow. On June 24th inside the Tettuccio SPA, there will be a really extraordinary concert:the orchestra of Puccini Festival will be conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo, absolutely the most appreciated and loved conductor in today’s Russia.
Side events on a special theme will make the appointments even more interesting.There will be a seminar about “ The use of marble in architecture - Luxury or new Technologies” and the production of a very special type of chocolate, expressly created to celebrate the event.
OPERA & FOOD continues its successful result,a multisensory project that wants to point out the strict relation between music and good food, both of them an extraordinary occasion to share, communicate and exchange emotions and get more knowledge. It is not by chance that “great composers” were also great lovers of good food.
The selections of two famous operas with costumes are this year from Puccini’s masterpieces: LA BOHEME (17th August) and TOSCA (28th August).Both events will be enriched by a variety of excellent local food products,carefully selected by slow- food. La Bohèmeis the opera which marked the beginning of Puccini‘s successful career,Tosca the great symbol of passion and individual drama set in Rome during Napoleon’s time.
Another relevant novelty in the section WAITING FOR THE OPERA is the performance of the extraordinary Shenzhen Children’s Orchestra before the Opera “La Bohème”.
To make the programme more attractive we have created something really unique and original:the combination of superlative music and outstanding green.OPERA & GREEN will be a” green week”,when The Tettuccio SPA will become a sort of fantastic greenhouse, open to the sky,thanks to the many plants coming from Pistoia,well known all over the world for its nurseries.
On September 9th,the top event of the season, a “GOLDEN LEAF” will be given, as an award, to the artists who have been particularly successful on international level.
WE WILL BE VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU!