2020 Donizetti Opera Festival


Back home: the 2020 edition of the Donizetti Opera coincides with the reopening of the Donizetti Theatre.

But although the Festival is confirmed, the pandemic demands strict security measures, forcing us to rethink the productions and also to reflect on the wound that the Covid has inflicted on the community.  The premieres will therefore take place without physical spectators but, we hope, with many spectators on our new Donizetti Web TV and watching Rai5 for the live streaming of Marino Faliero.

The entire Festival thus “moves” on the web, not only the shows, but also the series “Parla con Gaetano“, presentations, meetings and so on: a palimpsest, a dramaturgy designed for the web and to make the shows accessible to all, experts, enthusiasts and neophytes.

We begin with Marino Faliero, in a new production entrusted to the strong and contemporary creativity of ricci/forte and with an all-star cast also including Michele Pertusi and Francesca Dotto. Then we will have Belisario in concert form with Roberto Frontali in the title role. On the podium of the first two operas, the musical director of the Festival, Riccardo Frizza. For the #donizetti200 cycle, the modern premiere of Le nozze in villa will be staged, with an edition prepared by the scientific department led by Paolo Fabbri: on the podium, Stefano Montanari, directed by Davide Marranchelli. The missing quintet has been re-composed by contemporary musicians: Elio, Rocco Tanica and Enrico

The festival’s graphic design, centred on Donizetti’s “superheroes“, was conceived before the pandemic but now seems even more appropriate: the characters of our real superhero, Gaetano Donizetti, will bring thought, beauty, emotion and, in short, life back to their real home: the theatre.

The Donizetti Opera Festival moves online!

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Confirmed events

Marino Faliero

20 November 2020 - H 20:00
The Donizetti Opera Festival moves online. Watch Marino Faliero on the new Web TV on 20 November!  We will soon release detailed information to members of our audience who have already purchased tickets. A tragic opera in three acts from a libretto by Giovanni Emanuele Bidera and Agostino Ruffini Music by Gaetano Donizetti First performance: Paris, Théâtre Italien, 12th March 1835 Rivisited edition on autograph material by Maria Chiara...


21 November 2020 - H 20:00
Lyric tragedy in three parts by Salvadore Cammarano Music by Gaetano Donizetti First performance: Venezia, Gran Teatro La Fenice, 4 February 1836 Critic edition by Ottavio Sbragia © Ottavio Sbragia (2020) Belisario by Gaetano Donizetti After his first experience in Paris, Belisario (1836) marked Donizetti’s return to Venice. It gave him the opportunity “to see again the city, where – for better or for worse – I began my musical career”, as he himself...

Le nozze in villa

22 November 2020 - H 20:00
Comic drama in two acts by Bartolomeo Merelli Music by Gaetano Donizetti with a mend by Elio and Rocco Tanica First performances: Mantova, Imperial Regio Teatro, Carnival 1819; Treviso, Teatro Dolfin, spring 1820 (second version) Edition by Edoardo Cavalli and Maria Chiara Bertieri New quintet with Elio and Rocco Tanica (by Enrico Melozzi) ©Fondazione Teatro Donizetti   Le nozze in villa by Gaetano Donizetti Le nozze in villa is this year’s...

GaetAMO Bergamo

29 November 2020 - H 20:00
Buy the event or subscribe to watch the whole palimpsest! A gala concert to celebrate Gaetano's birthday on Donizetti Web TV. Cristina Parodi and Francesco Micheli present an off-schedule event from Teatro Donizetti. The artists of the festival will perform some of the Donizetti's most famous scores. Programme: Sonata per violino e pianoforte (Stefano Montanari) “Tombe degli avi miei” from Lucia di Lammermoor (Celso Albelo) “Udite, udite, o rustici” from...

See the new Web TV dedicated to Gaetano Donizetti