Information on the Ravello Festival 2016 - 64th: concert dates, locations, programme, guests
RAVELLO FESTIVAL 2016 PROGRAMME
RAVELLO FESTIVAL TICKETS
The tickets for Ravello Festival 2016 are available from Thursday 21 June on www.ravellofestival.com and www.bookingshow.it .
NEWS RAVELLO FESTIVAL 2016
The programme of the 64th edition of Ravello Festival 2016has been released on 26 May 2016, in Rome.
WHEN DOES THE RAVELLO FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?
The Ravello Festival takes place from July till September.
WHICH ARE THE LOCATIONS OF RAVELLO FESTIVAL?
- Outdoor locations
- Belvedere of Villa Rufolo (750 seats)
- Villa Rufolo, Gardens (100 seats)
- Villa Rufolo, Sala dei Cavalieri (240 seats)
- Indoors Locations
- Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer (400 seats)
- Villa Rufolo, Auditorium (140 seats)
- Villa Rufolo, Chapel
Credit: Drone Experience
RAVELLO FESTIVAL: VILLA RUFOLO
Year in year out music lovers quarrel over the legitimacy of open air concerts, with their accompaniment of extraneous sounds and noises. Yet surely the ultimate effect of the spectacle of son et lumière is undeniable, for any imperfection for the ear is more than made up for by the spectacle that confronts the eye. As Gore Vidal put it so poetically, “often, when the orchestra plays Wagner, the full moon rises above the mountains in the east, their profile recalling a dragon’s head reclining gently on the beach, while the birds of Ravello, who after all these years are particularly musical birds, trill their counterpoint from high up in the dark pine trees”.
The time shown corresponds to the time at which no further admittance is possible. After this time no one will be allowed in, nor will the ticket be reimbursed.
The Festival Management reserves the right to modify the programme, for whatsoever reason, without notification. Notice of any changes will be given as early as possible on the official website.
In the case of bad weather, and in accordance with the production requisites, events scheduled to take place in the Belvedere of Villa Rufolo will be transferred to the Auditorium Niemeyer. ue to the limited capacity of the Auditorium, only those holding tickets for line B, C, D, E, F, G, H will be entitled, specifically in the case of such a transfer, to entry to the event; those holding other tickets will be reimbursed.
HISTORY OF RAVELLO FESTIVAL IN AMALFI COAST
The Ravello Festival is one of the oldest and most renowned festivals in Italy. The Festival as we know it today is the outcome of a number of previous initiatives, and Girolamo Bottiglieri and Paolo Caruso were the chief architects of the annual event that led to Ravello becoming the “City of Music”. The connection between Villa Rufolo, the delightful venue made impressive and welcoming by the Scottish philanthropist Francis Neville Reid, and Richard Wagner was too alluring to pass up the idea of holding concerts in a place consecrated by the visit of the composer himself. During the 1930s the San Carlo Orchestra performed Wagner’s music in Ravello. One of these concerts was attended by the Prince and Princess of Piemonte, and to mark their visit the belvedere between Hotel Sasso and Hotel Palumbo was dedicated to the princess. Twenty years later Paolo Caruso conceived the bold idea of moving the musical performances from the main square straight to the splendid terrace of Villa Rufolo, on a stage built out over the sea. With the suport of the Provincial Tourist Board, headed by Girolamo Bottiglieri, the idea became reality on the 70th anniversary of Wagner’s death. In the summer of 1953 the first of the “Wagnerian concerts in Klingsor Garden” (as they were styled in the programme) were performed by the San Carlo Orchestra, under the baton of Hermann Scherchen and William Steinberg. For many years Richard Wagner was the Festival’s presiding genius, and his music is still at the core of each year’s programme today.
GUEST OF RAVELLO FESTIVAL, ACTORS, DIRECTORS, SINGERS, ORCHESTRAS, COMPOSERS AND MANAGERS
In over half a century the stage overlooking the sea has hosted excellent symphony orchestras, such as:
- Dresden Staatskapelle
- Munchner Philharmoniker
- Royal Philharmonic
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Kirov Theatre
- Leipzig Gewandhaus
- Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
- Orchestre National de France
- West Eastern Divan Orchestra
- St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
- Orchestra Giovanile di Caracas
The chamber music orchestras to perform were many, among the most famous: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Accademica del Mozarteum, Wiener Kammerorchester.
Lovers of classical music have seen edition after edition on stage illustrious soloists, such as: Argerich, Cassado, Ciccolini, Glass, Kempff, Lindbergh, Lupu, Maisky, Pogorelich, Rampal, Repin, Rostropovich, Ughi, Weissenberg. Some of the eminent conductors: Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, Barenboim,Chung, Davis, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gergiev, Järvi, Maazel, von Matacic, Mehta, Pappano, Penderecki, Prêtre, Sinopoli, Slatkin, Spivakov, Tate, Temirkanov, Tilson-Thomas.
Took part in the Ravello Festival as well opera singers, bassists, composers, dancers, choreographers and actors and directors of world renown, such as:
- John Malkovich
- Margarethe von Trotta
- Abbas Kiarostami
- Fernando Meirelles
- Dino Risi
- Toni Servillo
- Valeria Golino
- Mario Martone
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