18.07.2014 - 03.08.2014
Basilica of St. Martin in Martina Franca
From July 18th to August 3rd, Martina Franca hosts the new edition of the Festival della Valle d'Itria, an event that for forty years has brought opera, drama and classical music to the splendid baroque town in Puglia.
On the occasion of its fortieth year, the Festival presents a program that aims to combine the three key elements that have characterized the event since it began in 1975: the bel canto, the baroque, and the Puglese-Neapolitan school.
It starts July 18th with "The Snake Woman," from a play by Carlo Gozzi, a brilliant tale that is well suited to the atmosphere of the event, which will be followed by “Armida,” an Italian interpretation of the French baroque masterpiece of Quinault-Lully, and a series of performances of seventeenth-century repertoire, performed by the young talents of the Academy of Belcanto.
On July 29th, the symphony concert hall in Ducal Palace will offer an important example of a cross between Friedrich Gulda and Frank Zappa, boldly fusing rock and classical. Rounding out the bill are three appointments with the "Concert of Europe," the result of a significant international collaboration, and the very popular "Concert for the Spirit.” A marvelous musical journey that pays homage to the history of the festival and all the locations that have hosted events, from the Basilica of St. Martin to the Cloister of San Domenico to the courtyard of the Ducal Palace, a building in which the Renaissance elements intersect with the Lecce-style Baroque, that characterizes to the architecture of Itria Valley.