Festival della Valle d'Itria
The Festival della Valle d’Itria is a summer opera festival held in the south eastern Italian town of Martina Franca in the Apulia region. The Festival was founded in 1975 and performances are given in July and August each summer on a specially constructed stage in the outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale.
The primary aim of the festival is to present obscure, neglected or rarely performed works, and often works in the standard operatic repertoire are given in their original versions (such as Verdi’s original 1857 version of Simon Boccanegra).
Notable revivals include:
- 33rd Festival 2007 Marcella by Umberto Giordano
- 34th Festival 2008 Pelagio (opera) by Saverio Mercadante
- 2012 Artaserse (1730 Venice version) by Hasse
- 2015 Medea in Corinto by Mayr
- 2017 Margherita d'Anjou by Giacomo Meyerbeer
- The Rough Guide to Italy Robert Andrews, Martin Dunford - 2011- Page 821 1848367171 "Southern Italy's top performing-arts festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria (T080.480.5100, www.festivaldellavalleditria.it), takes place in Martina Franca in late July / early August every year. On a par with the Maggio Musicale in Florence (see"
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