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2014 Verdi Festival

10.10.2014 - 04.11.2014

At the Teatro Regio in Parma from 10th October to 4th November

The festival dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most famous Italian composers and the most celebrated opera composer of all time, returns from October 10th to November 4th. The new edition of the Verdi Festival this year takes place in Parma and Busseto, Verdi’s countries par excellence, with a series of musical, opera and dance events staged at the Teatro Regio and Teatro Giuseppe Verdi interpreted, among others, by the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ballet School from the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala.

The event begins as usual on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of the Maestro and will be inaugurated on his birthday by "La forza del destino", staged at the Teatro Regio di Parma and repeated until 23rd October. It then continues on the 11th with a collection of excerpts from "Le Corsaire", "The Sicilian Vespers", "Joan of Arc" and "I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Lombards at the First Crusade)," and then with "Fuoco di Gioia (Fire of Joy)", the lyric concert performed by some of the greatest interpreters of Verdi’s repertoire. Ballet stars on 30th and 31st with "Sempreverdi (Evergreen)", a dance gala set to music by Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Satie, and on November 3rd, Grigory Sokolov, one of the greatest living pianists, performs a recital entirely devoted to Chopin.

The Festival closes its doors on November 4th with the rendering by the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin of the "Quattro pezzi sacri (Four Sacred Pieces)" and of pages drawn from Macbeth, Nabucco and Otello. Busseto will host "La Traviata" from October 24th to November 2nd. The Verdi Festival is not only limited to musical performances as it also offers a film festival, meetings and conversations, thus enabling you to get to know and appreciate this 19th century Italian protagonist, a symbol of the Risorgimento.

Useful information

Teatro Regio di Parma tel. 0521 203999

How to get there

City: Parma and Busseto
Region: Emilia Romagna