Concerts at unusual times give the Festival della Valle d’Itria a broad range of venues in Baroque churches and cloisters....
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Händel, Vaccaj, Scarlatti and more…
The 44th edition of the Valle d’Itria Festival, with the evocative title “Eclissi d’amore” [Eclipse of Love], presents a programme that embraces more than four centuries of opera, with a focus on the Baroque and performances by international artists. Five operas (including one especially for children and one staged in a masseria of farmhouse), plus concerts at various time of day in the churches and cloisters of one of Puglia’s Baroque gems.
The inaugural opera is Giulietta e Romeo by Nicola Vaccai, in Ilaria Narici’s critical edition. This is followed by Handel‘s Rinaldo, in a first modern performance of the 1718 Neopolitan version. conducted by the festival’s musical director Fabio Luisi. Eagerly awaited at the Masseria Palesi is Il trionfo dell’onore by Alessandro Scarlatti, a rare incursion into ‘commedia’ by the Sicilian composer. And to conclude, C’era una volta… Cenerentola!, a show organised in collaboration with local schoolchildren. The 44th Valle d’Itria Festival awaits you in Martina Franca from 13 July to 4 August 2018.
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