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Donizetti Opera awarded as “Best Festival 2019” at “Oper! Awards” in Berlin

Only recognition for Italy assigned by a jury of authoritative German music critics

In the Sala Werner Otto of Konzerthaus in Berlin, in the heart of the German capital, on Saturday, September 21, a name resonated more than the others, that of Gaetano Donizetti, continuously quoted during the entire ceremony, which has indicated the Donizetti Opera of Bergamo as “Best Festival 2019”.

The motivation behind the award,

Donizetti Opera 2019: the details about cast and concerts – and a new Orchestra

In 2019 the festival grows and presents an operatic title more than in previous years: Pietro il Grande for the #donizetti200 project, the first staging of the Ange de Nisida signed by Francesco Micheli, the new critical edition of Lucrezia Borgia.

The posters shine with Carmela Remigio, artist in residence 2019, Francesco Demuro, Salome Jicia, Alessandro Corbelli and Roberto De Candia making their Donizetti Opera debut,

Two projects from the Donizetti Opera festival in the short list of “Fedora Generali Prize for Opera” and “Fedora Prize for Education”

There’s still time, until 21st February, to show your support for Bergamo’s candidacy to these prestigious international awards

The Donizetti Theatre Foundation (Fondazione Teatro Donizetti) calls all members, fans and people from Bergamo to vote online for two projects dedicated to the city’s composer, finalists in the international award from FEDORA, the European philanthropic organization supporting opera, ballet and the latest generations of artists.

Donizetti Night 2019: submit a project!

Donizetti Night reaches its fifth edition on 15th June 2019.

In previous editions, small scale format shows were created specifically for outdoor spaces. This new call for projects is open to all those who looking for a challenge in musical theatre, experimentation, street performance and communication. The only limiting factor is that all the projects have to have an explicit reference to the figure or the music of Gaetano Donizetti.

A record year comes to an end

2018’s Donizetti Opera Festival, together with all the activities related to Bergamo-born composer organized by the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti, under the artistic direction of Francesco Micheli and the musical direction of Riccardo Frizza, came to an end with a significant increase in audience figures, particularly from foreign visitors, and in critical acclaim, reconfirming the successful development of local community projects and engagement.

In 2018, festival attendance was up 30.1% (from 6,524 people in 2017 to 8,491).

Donizetti Opera: various appointments in the city’s symbolic places during the second week

On occasion of the 70th birthday of Paolo Fabbri, the Scientific Director of the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti, a book dedicated to him, ‘Musica di ieri, esperienza d’oggi’ (Yesteryear’s music, today’s experience), will  be presented in the company of friends and colleagues.

As part of the fourth edition of the Donizetti Opera Festival, a surprise appointment, on Saturday 1st December at 5pm, in the ‘Ashbrook Hall’ of ‘Casa Natale’, or Donizetti’s birthplace,

Donizetti Opera: packed schedule for the last weekend of the festival

Back on stage, two Donizetti rarities: Enrico di Borgogna and Il Castello di Kenilworth

Saturday 1st December: four events in three different places in the city

Two concerts at Palazzo Moroni by the Soloists of the Academy Montis Regalis

The final stretch of the Donizetti Opera Festival is here with a weekend of eight different events. Once again, the days around the anniversary of Donizetti’s provide the celebratory occasion to bring the music of Bergamo’s most famous citizen to the city’s symbolic places.

29th november: great celebrations for the anniversary of the composer’s birth

Not to be missed is Haydn’s ‘La Creazione’ (The Creation), in Italian, in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, with an unprecedented setting by Francesco Micheli;

Plus the ‘Enrico Young’ programme and concert by Mariella Devia.

The anniversary of Donzetti’s birth is the celebratory occasion around which the Donizetti Opera Festival is organized under the direction of Francesco Micheli. Its first week has seen major successes,

“Mariella Devia for Gaetano Donizetti”: the homage of the soprano to the composer

Dedicated to the three Tudor queens, the concert programme is directed by Giuseppe Sabbatini.

At the end of the show, the public will be offered candied chestnuts by Italcanditi, a local company that has joined the project ‘Ambasciatori di Donizetti’ (Ambassadors of Donizetti).

Bergamo, Teatro Sociale, Wednesday 28th November, 8.30pm

The Donizetti Opera Festival enters the heart of the programme with high expectations for the now traditional vocal concert at the Teatro Sociale,

Paolo Fabbri Fabrizio Donadoni

“Dante da camera” and the second recital of “Enrico di Borgogna” close the first weekend

At Donizetti’s birthplace, ‘Casa Natale’, at 11am, a staging of the chamber opera with Paolo Fabbri, Maurizio Donadoni and Bruno Taddia

Sunday 25th November, the 200 year-old opera back at the Teatro Sociale

The festival day begins on Sunday 25th November at 11am at Donizetti’s birthplace in Borgo Canale, declared a national monument in 1926, with a staging of ‘Dante da Camera: Inferno in Salotto’ (Chamber Dante: Inferno in the Salon).