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Festival: Donizetti Opera


November 12th – December 1st, 2019

The international festival Donizetti Opera is promoted by the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti with the aim of safeguarding and broadcasting the vast cultural legacy bequeathed to Bergamo by its most illustrious citizen, the composer Gaetano Donizetti. Donizetti Opera, with artistic direction by Francesco Micheli, is the manifestation of in-depth musicological research and attracts some of the world’s top performers to appear in its productions. As well as new performances of Donizetti’s lesser-known works, the festival features more famous operas edited and revised by the Foundation’s scientific division, led by musicologist Paolo Fabbri. Musical direction is by Riccardo Frizza.

During the last five years, the festival presented some rarities like as Rosmonda d’Inghilterra, Il castello di Kenilworth, Olivo e Pasquale, Pigmalione with most famous singers like as Jessica Pratt, Mariella Devia, Carmela Remigio, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Florez.

Today his hometown of Bergamo is one of Italy’s most international cities: served by Orio al Serio airport, Italy’s third busiest, and an hour from Milan Malpensa Airport, it is home to some of the most international industries in the country. It is a city in the alpine Lombardy region of northern Italy. The city is composed of an old walled core, Città Alta (‘Upper Town’) and the modern expansion in the plains below.

The city is imbued with memories of Donizetti. The composer’s legacy is widespread, embracing the whole of Bergamo both geographically and culturally and traversing history and social class. The city’s main places for remembrance of Donizetti’s life and art are its two theatres: the Donizetti and the Sociale, on the site of the composer’s birth; the Angelo Maj Library which contains the original manuscript of Lucia di Lammermoor; the Donizetti Museum run by the Fondazione Bergamo nella Storia; the Carrara Academy with a painting by Giacomo Calegari depicting the death of Donizetti in Palazzo Basoni in Bergamo, and lastly two sites run by the Fondazione MIA: the Domus Magna and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, where the composer is buried.

The last outpost of the Republic of Venice from the early 15th century to the Napoleonic era, in 2017 Bergamo was listed as a Unesco World Heritage site for the Venetian walls that encircle the Città Alta.

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

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BergamoInaugural Gala

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI; Fabio Tartari; Carmela Remigio; Marta Torbidoni; Francesco Demuro; Alessandro Corbelli

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Donizetti: Pietro il grande, czar delle Russie
Fabio Tartari; Marco Paciotte and Lorenzo Pasquali; K.B. Project; Loriana Castellano; Francisco Brito

BergamoL'ange de Nisida

Donizetti: L'ange de Nisida
Jean-Luc Tingaud; Francesco Micheli; Angelo Sala; Margherita Baldoni; Salome Jicia; Francesco Demuro

BergamoLucrezia Borgia

Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
Riccardo Frizza; Andrea Bernard; Carla Delfrate; Alberto Beltrame; Elena Beccaro; Carmela Remigio