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Tony Cragg in Ravello | Courtesy of Ravello Festival | Photo: Pino Izzo

All the Must-See Concerts at the Festival of Ravello

  1. Category: Music
  2. Keywords: music, hotel mediterraneo sorrento, villa rufolo, ravello, festival of ravello
  3. Author: Fabio Pariante - © 2018

With its jagged coastline and crystal-clear waters, the Amalfi Coast is a true paradise with the houses teetering above the sea of Positano and the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi. However, Ravello, with its magnificent flora, its stunning panoramic location and its remarkable historical villas, probably represents the most refined and elegant side of the Coast.

The incomparable atmosphere of  Ravello | Photo: philwild, via Pixabay

There are many events held in the city during the summer season, but this annual appointment with the music offered by the Festival of Ravello, in its 66th Edition this year, is a must-see event. With an international character, it is held from 30 June to 25 August 2018 and offers a jam-packed program of classical, jazz and contemporary music and includes many original, never-before-seen productions.

The Festival which, over time, has earned Ravello the nickname of the City of Music, has also hosted some of the most prestigious names in the world of music, both on the national and international level. It is also a unique must-see opportunity for guests of the Hotel Mediterraneo. Sorrento is only an hour and a half by car from Ravello (for info on connections, just ask at the hotel’s reception desk).

La Scala Concert | Courtesy of Ravello Festival | Photo: Roberto Vuilleumier

As always, the Festival is held at Villa Rufolo. Richard Wagner is the star of the opening and closing ceremonies with an exhibition of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Esa Pekka Salonen with Tristan and Iseult on 30 June, and with the concert of Donald Runnicles with the Deutsche Oper of Berlin on 25 August.

There is also a fascinating event on 11 August: a concert at sunrise, at around 4:50 in the morning, with the Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana Giuseppe Verdi directed by the young American orchestra director, Ryan McAdams. The event will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Edvard Grieg.

Ravello, Concert at dawn | Courtesy of Ravello Festival | Photo: Roberto-Vuilleumier

On 14 July, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France directed by Myung-Whun Chung will perform - an event not to be missed with one of the greatest names in music. On 1st August, there’s the American guitarist, Bill Frisell along with Petra Haden, performing from the play When You Wish upon a Star, with some of best soundtrack music of all time. There’s also the unforgettable performance on the belvedere of Villa Rufolo by Valery Gergiev, director of the celebrated Teatro Mariinskij of Saint Petersburg, with the Mariinsky Orchestra on 21 August. Finally, among the other appointments worth writing on your calendar: the Midnight Concerts with pianists Sun Hee You and Federico Colli, among others, who will perform on 9 and 23 August, respectively, starting at 11 o’clock.

The city overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and the Tyrrhenian Sea and, along with places like the Gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, there are also numerous churches that contain lesser-known marvels, such as the “Miracle” of Saint Pantaleon. Not just San Gennaro in Naples, but here as well, the patron saint, whose relics are held in the Cathedral, are subject to an annual ritual where the congealed blood of the Saint liquefies inexplicably. .

Ravello, Villa Cimbrone | Photo: SalvatoreMonetti, via Pixabay

Inside the key church of this coastal city, there is the Museo dell’Opera and the Pinacoteca of Medieval and Modern Art. Among the other important Churches are Santa Maria delle Grazie, la Chiesa dell’Annunziata and the Church of San Martino in its medieval style.

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