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Festival: Donizetti Opera


November 19th – December 6th, 2020

Where is it? The festival will take place in the city of Bergamo (Italy), especially in the downtown town at Teatro Donizetti (apart from a show), and it’s a bustling city festival.

How to get there? By plane: The city center can be reached from the airport of Milano Orio al Serio in 20 minutes with public transport via the Line 1 bus of the urban public transport system. By train: The main railway station of Bergamo is linked mostly with Milan Central Station, Brescia, Venice and Rome. By bus: The bus station is in front of the railway station. The city bus system goes to the all festival venues. By car: There are a lot of parking facilities near the airport or the station. Bergamo is an historic renaissance city and it is easier to visit by foot or public transportation.

Local accommodation In the town of Bergamo you can find Hotels, B&B or Apartments. It’s better to book in advance.

What can tourists visit nearby? Except for the old funicular leading to the hill, only our legs will take us to visit a place where beauty stands in the journey itself, admiring terrific landscapes and lovely architectures. After visiting the ancient stronghold called Rocca, the main street leads us to Piazza Vecchia, the beautiful heart of the city, hosting one of Italy’s most ancient libraries along with the 52 meters-high tower, which can be climbed both on food and using the lift. Even the treasures embracing Piazza Duomo deserve a visit, while the Museums in Piazza della Cittadella provide an exciting journey across science and art. However, the descent towards Lower Bergamo is the best moment to fully enjoy the breathtaking view from here, along the Venetian Walls. Depending on whether you feel more inclined towards art or a lazy wander through the streets of the centre, the Lower Town promises six hours well spent. We suggest to organise an itinerary that starts at nineteenth century Porta Nuova, and has its exciting conclusion at the Accademia Carrara Art Gallery. A walk that unwinds from Sentierone towards Via Tasso and Borgo Pignolo, punctuated with remarkable meetings with the likes of Gaetano Donizetti and Lorenzo Lotto.

What type of programmes do you have? The Donizetti Opera is an opera festival dedicated to Donizetti. The program is composed by three or more operas, a couple of symphonic concerts, vocal recitals, or chamber music, hosting famous singers, belcanto divas, and recognized conductors and directors. 

What are the venues like? All the venues of the festival are indoor. You can go from one to another one by foot or by bus. The main venue of the festival is Teatro Donizetti. The theatre was named after the most celebrated music composer from Bergamo, famous all over the world. Featuring majestic proportions and one of Italy’s widest halls, it’s the cradle of the finest opera. Other venues of the festival are Teatro Sociale, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Donizetti's Birthplace, Historic Residences.

Dress code There’s not a specific dress code, but elegant clothing is expected. The weather in the festival period is cold.

Food & Drink There are no restaurants inside the venues, but people can take a lunch or dinner in the local restaurants of the town. They close early in the evening, around 10/10.30pm.

Why should someone come to your festival? The Donizetti Opera Festival is the unique occasion in the world to listen the Donizetti Opera’s in the birthplace of the composer, in the same theatres and places where he lived. The Donizetti Experiences in Bergamo is unique because the city is beautiful and typical, near to Milan, perfect to visit the Alps and also to have a real Italian shopping and food trip.

For full information, visit the official Donizetti Opera Festival Website.

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Riccardo Frizza; Fondazione Donizetti; Davinia Rodríguez; Annalisa Stroppa; Celso Albelo; Plácido Domingo

BergamoLa Fille du régiment

La Fille du régiment
Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
Corrado Rovaris; Luis Ernesto Doñas; Sara Blanch; Manuela Custer; Xabier Anduaga; Paolo Bordogna

BergamoMarino Faliero

Marino Faliero
Donizetti: Marino Faliero
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Le nozze in villa
Donizetti: Le nozze in villa
Stefano Montanari; Davide Marranchelli; Gaia Petrone; Fabio Capitanucci; Edgardo Rocha; Omar Montanari

BergamoL'amor coniugale

L'amor coniugale
Mayr: L'amor coniugale
David Stern; Chantal Santon-Jeffery; Olivier Gourdy; Natalie Perez; Andrés Agudelo