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17 November 2022 - 04 December 2022

Following in the footsteps of a great composer: the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo


Conceived as a way of celebrating and disseminating the musical heritage of Gaetano Donizetti, the Donizetti Opera Festival is held at Bergamo in November and December. In addition to the composer’s most famous works, the festival also draws attention to some lesser-known operas and is thus an event not to be missed, allowing us to discover unknown treasures.

The prestigious event is held at the Donizetti Theatre in the lower part of the city. Since 1897 the theatre has been dedicated to the composer but when it was first built in 1791 it was established as the Teatro Ricciardi, bearing the name of the merchant who financed its construction. This is where Donizetti achieved his first moment of glory and since that time he has been constantly applauded.

You might combine an evening at the theatre with a tour of the city of Bergamo to discover the places where the composer lived and spent his time. You might start at the house where was born and then visit the Teatro Sociale in the upper part of the city. It was here that at a very young age Donizetti began to perform with the choir of the Pia Scuola di Musica. He received a scholarship at this school and training from the composer Johann Simon Mayr, who discovered his pupil’s exceptional talent.

You may also learn more about the composer’s life at the Donizetti Museum on the first floor of the Domus Magna and perhaps afterwards you will want to leave a flower at his tomb, where Vincenzo Vela’s statue depicts a doleful Harmony mourning the death of the favoured one. The tomb is located inside the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Finally, you may wish to stop for a moment at the Pasticceria Balzer and have a slice of their “Donizetti cake”, which was originally invented at this pastry shop.

Gaetano Donizetti Theater Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 15, 24121 Bergamo BG, Italia

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