BERGAMO
DONIZETTI REVOLUTION
Since the early 1990s Bergamo, the birthplace of Gaetano Donizetti, has devoted enormous energy to the study of the composer’s life and works – some of the most frequently performed in the world – and research into his teacher, Simone Mayr. The arrival in 2015 of Francesco Micheli as artistic director of the then Fondazione Donizetti (today the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti) marked the start of the Donizetti Revolution, a programme for the rediscovery and promotion of the genius from Bergamo’s Borgo Canale district. At the heart of this series of initiatives are the Donizetti Opera festival and Donizetti Night: the former is an international festival held every November in tribute to Bergamo’s most illustrious composer; the latter a June night of homage to Donizetti, during which the streets and squares of the city are invaded by theatre for an evening of his operatic work. In 2017, with the aim of developing the city’s musical identity and awakening a genuine pride in Donizetti, a group of tourism operators created Visit Donizetti: Bergamo’s visitor experience which guides tourists in their discovery of the composer, from the house where he was born to the Donizetti Museum, and along the way little-known treasures such as the original manuscript of Lucia di Lammermoor. You’ll find all this and much more on this website.

The world needs Gaetano Donizetti, today more than ever.
Contemporary life – extreme, vast and emotional – may at last be ready to receive and fully accept the uncomfortable, awkward message of Gaetano Donizetti. It is only fitting that the people of Bergamo should take on the task of circulating his revolutionary word.

Francesco Micheli artistic director of the Donizetti Opera Festival
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29 November 2020
29 November 2020

GaetAMO Bergamo

29 November 2020 - H 20:00
04 December 2020

L’amor coniugale – cancelled

4 December 2020 - H 20:00

RESEARCH CENTRE

From musicology to the Syllabary
The Fondazione Teatro Donizetti's Research Centre continues the work of the Fondazione Donizetti, founded in the early 90s thanks to an idea by Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Operating since 1997, the bicentenary of Gaetano Donizetti's birth, the centre is involved with research, conferences and publications concerning the works of Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Simone Mayr and their contemporaries in Bergamo's music scene. To this end it collects documentary sources in the form of books, archives, music, images and audio; in collaboration with Ricordi it publishes critical editions of Donizetti's operas (National Editions since 2001) and scientific publications, and organises cultural and musical events. The scientific director of the Research Centre is Paolo Fabbri.
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Plácido Domingo is forced to postpone his participation in the Donizetti Opera festival for health reasons. The protagonist of the opera “Belisario” will be Roberto Frontali

Due to very recent health issues preventing him from travelling and working, Plácido Domingo is forced to cancel his journey to Italy in November and has postponed his participation in the Donizetti Opera festival to one of the next editions. The Maestro will, therefore, not be able to star in Donizetti’s Belisario in Bergamo and Verdi’s Requiem in Piacenza. The singer from Madrid enthusiastically accepted the invitation from Donizetti Opera to make his debut in the role of the protagonist of such a rare work as Belisario after a visit to the places related to Donizetti in our city.

Donizetti Opera 2020: the festival will not stop and moves online and on Rai5

Preparations for the titles of the sixth edition of the Donizetti Opera 2020 festival are proceeding at a fast pace, in full compliance with anti-Covid health protocols: the three scheduled Donizetti operas will make their debut in the restored Donizetti Theatre in less than two weeks and will be visible all over the world through the new Donizetti Web TV, created thanks to Fondazione TIM on donizetti.org/tv.

The stringent provisions linked to the DPCM of 3 November and the consequent temporary impossibility to welcome spectators within the theatre forced us to partly rethink the festival and the new schedule of the online programme will be as follows: Friday,

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GaetAMO Bergamo

November 29 H 20:00