Since 1953, in the gardens of the Villa Rufolo of Ravello where Wagner found his “magic garden of Klingsor”, has been taking place the prestigious Ravello Musical Festival, that starts in early April and goes on from the beginning of July until August.
The current Ravello Festival derives from a series of previous initiatives which make it the oldest of the Italian festivals after the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The association of Wagner’s name with Villa Rufolo, a place made splendid and welcoming by the Scottish philanthropist Francis Neville Reid, was too tempting not to suggest the idea of holding concerts at this site, blessed, besides, by the great composer in person. Thus, in the 1930s the orchestra of the San Carlo Theatre in Naples played a couple of times, with a program connected to Wagner.
This year on stage directors of orchestra such as Yuri Temirkanov, the first Russian artist who had the honor to perform in Russia after the resumption of cultural relations with the Soviet Union, which ended the war in Afghanistan. The American James Conlon, popularizer of the music of the composers persecuted by the Nazi regime. The Russian Tugan Sokhiev, among the emerging of this new generation, which is tightening a relationship with the greatest orchestras in the world. A great return for Jeffrey Tate. The music takes the guise of universal language of peace, against the wars around the world.
At Ravello Festival there will be big names of the international concert team but also youth orchestras like the Italian one, directed by Juraj Valcuha, which opened the 2016 edition on the evening of July 1, and that of “Young singers” of Salzburg who will close the cycle of the Festival at the end of August. A symbolic choice, intergenerational connection, which is rooted in meaning even with an autumn project, first of its kind, which includes dozens of new talents of conservatives and music schools across Europe.
Music, a rich calendar of dance, jazz, two days with Tim Robbins, a tribute to Paisiello by Paolo Isotta, an extraordinary exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto, projects and special events that will last until autumn. And for the first time in the history of the festival, will be represented in an opera staged: “Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell headed by Antonio Florio and Denis Krief.