In 2012, the Festival was extended to the rest of the year, enlarging the limits of its original summer months with the brilliant invention of the “Autumn Trilogy”, whose formula alternates three different operas on the same stage on consecutive nights. After the masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi’s “popular” trilogy (Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata), the tribute to the composer from Busseto was replicated on his bicentenary, 2013, with a “marathon” of his “Shakespearean” operas (Macbeth, Otello, Falstaff). In 2014 the trilogy offered the opportunity to admire the Ballet of the Mariinskij Theatre from St. Petersburg (Swan Lake, Giselle, ’900 Triptych), while in 2015 a tribute to Giacomo Puccini and his most beloved masterpiece, Bohème, celebrated the genius of another universally known Italian composer, to whom the musical theatre of the twentieth century is profoundly indebted. In 2016 three new productions of the major Hungarian theatres (Countess Maritza by Kálmán, The Bat by Strauss, and The Merry Widow by Lehár) led the audience on a journey along the Danube river, a triptych dedicated to the operetta genre and the Middle-European culture.
This year the Autumn Trilogy brings three masterpieces “on the verge of the XX century” to stage: from the 17th to the 26th of November, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini will alternatively take place on the stage of the Alighieri Theatre, featuring Cristina Mazzavillani Muti’s direction and Vladimir Ovodok – a former student of Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy – at the head of the Cherubini Youth Orchestra.
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