On the next June, 20th Ravello Festival is going to start with an evening of great international ballet, based on Richard Wagner's music, the "protective deity" of the Festival who, as in a big circular composition, will be celebrated also in the closing night consecrated to "Parsifal", in September 5th. Between the two Wagnerian's extremes about fifteen events will find space switching, as a consolidated tradition, among symphonic and chamber objects, jazz and pop repertoire, without missing attention to theatre, visual arts and "debates about words". Promoted in 2003 by Ravello Foundation on the base of the project started in 1953, the Festival Format remains the same considering that, especially in the last five years, it revealed itself successful more than ever, registering a trend in constant rising for audience and media feedback.
The leitmotiv of these two months and a half of the program, outlined by the art director Stefano Valanzuolo, is "InCanto". In this term, that Mimmo Paladino has made as a real logo with his dedicated sketch, two intents are willingly mixed: the first and principal gives attention to human voice as an expressive, melodic, poetic, rhythmic and if necessary even politic instrument.
This interpretation will imply the presence of a dense network of prestigious singers in Ravello: the charismatic Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed's muse, meets on stage (her first time in Italy) the great composer Philip Glass;the prince of Italian songwriters, Francesco De Gregori, proposes himself in acoustic; Bobby McFerrin, virtuous vocal talent without etiquettes, choses Villa Rufolo for one of his three Italian concerts of the season; Dee Dee Bridgewater goes back to New Orleans jazz's roots; Ute Lemper proposes in debut in Ravello her new project written with Paulo Coelho under the direction of Schöndorff; in addition: three big Spanish artists give force to a cycle - edited by Gianni Minà - that explores the social aspect of song: they are the glorious Catalan artist Joan Manuel Serrat, supported in this first longed Italian concert by his friend Gino Paoli; Augusto Enriquez Cuban musician involved in a meaningful tribute to the songwriter icon of his land Silvio Rodriguez; and, in the end, Maria Gadù, who represents the new Brazilian generation.
But the voice can give substance to other suggestions, all theatrical especially if we talk of the charismatic voice of Giorgio Albertazzi, a boy of ninety years old ready to debut in Ravello with Mariangela D'Abbraccio, in the name of Borges and Piazzolla.
From "In Canto"(in song) to "incanto"(enchantment), the second aspect of the leitmotiv that turns around mystery and magic, concepts subtended to the irresistible charm of the place that receives the Festival since sixty-three years. In the fairy, supernatural element many proposals will find a touch of seduction. Inspired to a enchant is, for example, the story of "Tristan and Isolde" that, 150 years after the first play, will be declined in dance, with the presence of two extraordinary étoiles of Paris Opéra and Giorgio Mancini's choreographies; then in theatrical key, with the new "Cunto di Tristano" (Tristan's tale) committed to the director, actor and storyteller Vincenzo Pirrotta; in the end at the piano with Orazio Sciortino. The evening September,5th will be a sort of Wagnerian apotheosis, with the public invited by Valery Gergiev, directing the famous Marinskij's Orchestra and the St. Cecilia's Choir, in the "magic garden of Klingsor", for a suggestive focus on "Parsifal" whose genesis is not accidentally linked to Ravello's gardens. It is not only the famous one from San Pietroburgo, the orchestra waited at the Festival: there is also, in fact, on the locandina, the extraordinary Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra)founded by Abbado and assigned for the occasion, to the care of the glorious Herbert Blomstedt. And in addition keeping on speaking about younger orchestras, we recommend, the European Union Youth Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda (Symphony No. 5 by Mahler), the Junge Wien Philarmonie(Vienna Youth Philharmonic Orchestra)("Grande" by Schubert), the Orchestra dell'Accademia della Scala (La Scala Academy Orchestra )with one of the most quoted curator of the time, the Finnish Susanna Mälkki. Among the guests we can also find the Caikovskij Symphony Orchestra, directed by the expert Vladimir Fedoseyev and with Valentina Lisitsa facing the feared " Rach 3", the Orchestra of San Carlo (St. Carlo Orchestra)("Amadeus" by Shaffer, with Axelrod, Barbareschi), the Berliner Symphoniker (Berlin Symphony Orchestra)and the OrchestraFilarmonica of La Fenice (La Fenice Philharmonic Orchestra), with AlviseCasellati, both protagonist of the suggestive "Concerto all'Alba". It is worth noting the presence of projects properly commissioned for the event. We have already mentioned the "Cunto di Tristano" by Pirrotta. But there is expectation also for the symphonic suite by Gianluca Podio entitled "O mare", with a vague reference to Debussy and inspired to Pino Daniele's themes. The chamber appointment are outlined by the fame of the protagonists: debuts in Campania for the cellist Sol Gabetta, the violinist Janine Jansen and for the fabulous 12Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra); Sir Tony Pappano will play with Luigi Piovano, while the horn player Alessio Allegrini with the ensemble of percussions Tetraktis. For jazz lovers, apart from the already mentioned events, the Ravello Festival 2015 proposes Uri Caine "plays Gershwin"; the duo Kenny Barron - Dave Holland; the pianist Chihiro Yamanaka; the saxophonist Branford Marsalis in quartet. There is also a transversal Bach with an inedited duo Ramin Bahrami - Danilo Rea, rebalanced by a Bach doc, the one of the precious integral "Concerti Brandeburghesi" (Brandenburg Concertos) (Bahrami, Mercelli, Solisti Aquilani). Debut in Ravello even for a very loved songwriter: Niccolò Fabi, accompanied by an acoustic quartet. Also a Nobel prize like Nicola Piovani, protagonist and author of the show "La musica è pericolosa" or a superstar like Stefano Bollani, in piano solo, run the risk to be forgotten, into this "mare magnum" of top-notch guests. Again: great ballet with Silvia Azzoni and the artist of Hamburg's Ballet engaged with choreographies by John Neumeier; between music and theatre the "Histoire" of Stravinsky proposed by LaScala solo artists and Luigi Maio; in the end: a tribute to the cinema with the symphonic night equally shared between Ennio Morricone and John Williams themes.
As regards the Visual Arts, let's mention the exhibition cared by Flavio Arensi, that will occupy the areas of Villa Rufolo and the terrace of the Niemeyer's Auditorium, dedicated to the sculptor of the Neapolitan school Augusto Perez. And, for a festival which has music as the centre of its interests, the retrospective of the most appreciate and famous Italian photograph of music gender: we are talking about Guido Harari, and his exhibition named "Sonica". In the end the "debates about words" will see as an absolute protagonist Gianni Minà, who, for the Ravello Festival, is again actively involved in music speech with the cycle made up of three chapters dedicated to many important Spanish songwriters. The whole Ravello Festival 2015 will be filmed by a troupe of the Naples' Academy of Fine Arts, coordinated by the director Stefano Incerti, in view of a collaboration signed between the two institutions of Campania and that will lead to the final production of a medium-length film dedicated to the Festival. The Ravello Festival represents, together with the management of Villa Rufolo, the driving force of "Ravello Project", initiated in 2013 and recently consolidated thanks to the signing of the agreement by which the Region of Campania assigned to the Foundation 4 million of euros for the continuation of activities in the biennium 2015-2016. The used resources refer to European funds (PAC). For the Ravello Foundation it's an additional gratifying reward that outlines the work assiduously conducted on the side of the strengthen of the brand "Ravello Festival", of the consolidation of the role of Ravello as an excellence for all the regional territory, and, in the end, for the virtuous and innovative management of the monumental complex of Villa Rufolo.
Moreover, the final object of "Ravello Project" is the unitary and integrated management of the extraordinary and monumental containers that embellish the City of Music: Villa Rufolo, the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium and Villa Episcopio.
Info: www.ravellofestival.com. Boxoffice: tel 089 858422 - firstname.lastname@example.org