The Alighieri Theatre has never been so big: day by day, hour by hour, grows the audience of the two concerts featuring Riccardo Muti and the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, streamed for free on consecutive Sundays, on Nov 22 and 29, on The first concert, dedicated to Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Unfinished, will remain available until Sunday, Dec 6, while the second – with an all-Italian programme of Martucci, Puccini, and Verdi – will be available until Sunday, Dec 13. The concerts have been made possible by the collaboration between Ravenna Festival, Fondazione Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, and RMMUSIC, with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna.

The viewers come from over 100 countries around the world. At the top, of course, Italy with 70% of the audience, also thanks to the inclusion of the concert in the project “ANSA for culture” and their streaming on Japan, Russia, and Spain follow thanks to the collaboration with some special streaming partners who shared the concerts on their websites: the Spring Festival in Tokyo for the audience in the Land of the Rising Sun, and the national newspapers Rossijskaja Gazeta and El Pais for the Spanish- and Russian-speaking audiences. The statistics draw a map of love for music that embraces the four corners of the Earth, from the United Kingdom to Brasil, from China to the United States, from Australia and New Zealand to Nigeria, Mexico, Israel, Malaysia, Taiwan…

Besides, the Italian and foreign audiences can appreciate the Ravenna of poet Dante in the short promotional video, which precedes the concert and is accompanied by the performance by the ensemble Voces Suaves of 6th-century music by Luzzasco Luzzaschi, who composed Quivi sospiri on verses from the canto III of Dante’s Inferno.

For the first streamed events in the almost 170 years of history of the Alighieri Theatre, Ravenna Festival has chosen the cutting-edge d&B Soundscape system, which, thanks to the software En-scene, can recreated the particular acoustic, the unique imprint, of a venue. This immersive audio is best experienced with on- or in-ear headphones. Together with some halls in the Wiener Konzerthaus and the concert hall of the Congress Centre in Lucerne, the Alighieri Theatre is one of the only eight venues in the world featured in the software…and the only Italian theatre.

Photo ©Sergey Mikheev / Rossiyskaya Gazeta