Reate Festival 2018, a musical journey in the footsteps of Mozart and Monteverdi
Now in its 10th edition, the Reate Festival is back with a stellar line-up of events drawing from musical theatre and opera literature. Promoted by the Flavio Vespasiano Foundation, the initiative aims at enhancing the musical legacy of the Italian “Bel Canto” tradition through a series of operatic performances, organ recitals and chamber music concerts. The festival opens with “The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland” (October 5-7), an opera consisting of a prologue and 5 acts set by Claudio Monteverdi to a libretto by Giacomo Badoaro. The Return is the first of three full-length works which Monteverdi wrote for the burgeoning Venetian opera industry during the last five years of his life. The result of a co-operation between the Roman Philharmonic Academy, Teatro di Roma and Rome’s Opera House, the opera will be staged at the newly-restored Theatre of Villa Torlonia, a jewel of architectural heritage in the heart of downtown Rome.
Additional events are set to take place in Rieti, with the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio delivering a powerful rendition of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (November 6-7), followed by an abridged production of Verdi’s uncompromising “Aida” (November 19- 22). Both performances will be held at the monumental Teatro Vespasiano. Tickets are available at the box office on concert days.