The third edition of the international call for concerts in the Basilica of San Vitale
Deadline for submission: January 30, 2020
Info: – +39 0544 249225

Download the call, the FAQ and the application form:
International Call Vespers at San Vitale 2020 (PDF)
Application Form Vespers at San Vitale 2020 (DOC)

Ravenna Festival’s appointment with beauty is back: Vespers at San Vitale will bring sacred music concerts in the most marvellous of the city’s Byzantine basilicas. Every evening at 7 pm, between June 9 and July 12, the Basilica of San Vitale – shining with gold and mosaics, one of the 8 monuments of Ravenna featuring as UNESCO World Heritage site – will host this special “festival within the festival” , including the proposals selected through the call of the same name and aimed to choirs, ensembles, and soloists.

The call is open to choirs, ensembles, and soloists – without any limit of age or nationality – to select concerts no longer than 30-40 minutes. The proposals must show high musical quality, comply with the sacred context of the venue, distinguish themselves for originality, especially concerning rarely-performed repertoires and regional traditions. Musical theatre in the shape of mystery plays will be given special attention. The selected concerts will be included in this “festival within the festival” as a part of the programme of the 31st edition.

The mosaics of events thus created will guide the audience through centuries of sacred music, exploring a tradition rich in surprises, enchantments, and spirituality. This way the Festival – which has always featured a special relationship with the city monuments and every year inhabits the Basilicas with unforgettable events – pays homage to the artistic, historic, and religious heritage the Basilica of San Vitale represents, while offering the audience of citizens and tourists an extraordinary chance to fall in love with the city.