Italian Music Festivals
17 NIGHTS / 18 DAYS 6 - 23 September 2019
The lifestyle and artistic and musical riches of Umbria is on show at the time of overlapping music festivals including the Sagra Musicale Sacred Music festival of Perugia, Spoleto Lirico Opera festival & the Segni Barocchi of Foligno present an exciting range of International performances in evocative venues spread across Umbria's glorious hilltowns.
in Montefalco, Perugia and Spoleto.
Bevagna, Deruta, Spello, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio and Lake Trasimeno as well as small towns and villages as part of the festival performances.
Discovering the fresco cycles of Giotto, Perugino, Signorelli, Lippi, Pinturicchio with their venues often also used as the concert settings.
In a setting of unsurpassed beauty nestling at the heart of the Italian peninsula, the valley of Umbria is a dream landscape of serene valleys and fortified hill towns, vineyards and olive groves. The itinerary explores an extraordinary wealth of history, art and some of the oldest architecture in Europe with guided tours to impressive locations where late medieval and Renaissance frescoes by masters such as Gozzoli, Signorelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio and Lippi form a fascinating collage with Etruscan arches and Roman architecture.
From one central and comfortable base in Montefalco you will also enjoy award winning wines, exquisite regional menus and be brought face to face with a vibrant and attractive way of life that has deep roots in an ancient past while admiring the many architectural and artistic features that enrich the central Italian province of Umbria.
Fri 6 Sept 2019 Day 1: Aperitivi & Dinner are included Overnight at Montefalco
You will be met at Fiumicino by a driver holding a sign with your name or collected from your Rome hotel and driven to the park & gardens of HOTEL QC TERMEROMA , which is essentilly a recreated ancient roman spa.
where you have the opportunity to soak in the heated spas either in the gardens or inside the facility.
You will be offerred a robe, towels and footwear so that when we all meet up at 12pm for lunch at the healthfood buffet restaurant we will we fell like relaxed roman royalty in togas.
After lunch you will be transferred together to the accommodation near Montefalco. There will be refreshments on arrival and then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is at the accommodation.
Link here to book at the delightful QC TERMEROMA for a pre tour stay if it suits you. The place is highly recommended as perfect for a post flight wind down, or a pre flight preparation. It is 5 minutes from Fiumicino airport and shuttles are available. The hotel is set in a park and has numerous indoor and outdoor spas resembling very much an ancient Roman villa.
Sat 7 Sept Day 2 Lunch and Dinner are included Overnight at Montefalco
Morning tour of Montefalco. Under the guidance of artist Neil Moore, we visit the church of San Francesco in Montefalco now the town's museum with the stunning apse of the choir under the gaze of the beautiful 15th century frescos by Benozzo Gozzoli. Inspired by the revolutionary frescos attributed to Giotto in Assisi, Gozzoli indulges in his favourite cityscapes, especially the background view of Montefalco painted over 500 years ago.
Lunch in Montefalco
The afternoon is free to explore the town or walk back to the accommodation.
Dinner is at the accommodation
Spello & Baroque evening in Foligno
Sun 8 Sept Day 3 Lunch and Dinner C#1 Overnight at Montefalco
In the morning we head to the stunning medieval town of Spello, in fairytale pink and cream stone and home to a great treasure of art, "The Annunciation" by Pinturicchio. The essence of Spello however are the tiny laneways lined with flower clad balconies tended with great devotion by the local people, the toga clad Roman sculptures standing guard over the entrance gates and the cobblestone laneways with all their beautiful detail unchanged for centuries. There will be some free time for you to take in the atmosphere and visit the local traditional art and artisans shops.
Lunch is at the accommodation and then free time to rest in the afternoon in preparation for the evening in Foligno.
There are a series of events beginning from 5pm in nearby Foligno. We will have dinner in the town.
Palazzo Trinci, Foligno
IL GRAN TEATRO DEL MONDO: PICARI, COMICI, PELLEGRINI, SOLDATI IN EPOCA BAROCCA
The Great Theatres of the world : PICARI ....etc...
Storie di vita quotidiana nel Seicento
Stories of daily life in the 1600s
Conferenza spettacolo con degustazione - Raffaele Riccio
Described as a conference spectacle with tastings
At this point we will wander though the lovely town of Foligno and have dinner - booked at one of the tavernas - set up for the Jousting festival
At 9.15PM in CHIESA DELLA SANTISSIMA TRINITÀ IN ANNUNZIATA
TRA CIELO E TERRA - 'Between Heaven and Earth'
Early Music - Musica Perduta -
Ensemble con strumenti originali
ensemble with original instruments'
Musiche di G. Caccini, S. d’India, J. Dowland, G. Frescobaldi, R. Johnson, B. Marini, A. Mudarra, A. Piccinini, H. Purcell, B. Strozzi, G. B. Vitali
Piazza della Repubblica
A parade of light
Compagnia dei Folli
A Boutique Tour
maximum 16 pax
QC TERMEROMA, Fiumicino
TWIN SHARE: EUR 4650 pp
SINGLE ROOM: EUR 4950 pp
Rome Fiumicino transfers
All land travel by air-conditioned coach
10 INCLUDED PERFORMANCES
Accommodation for 17 nights
TO BE DETERMINED BY THE CONCERTS
5 nights in a 5 star hotel in Perugia
5 nights in a 4 star hotel in Spoleto
7 nights in Montefalco countryside
FINAL ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENT TO BE AVISED CLOSER TO THE TIME
Half board every day - either lunch or dinner will include fresh local produce and local wines
A wine tasting
Guided visits in Montefalco, Spoleto, Bevagna, Deruta, Spello, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto.
Visit to Lake Trasimeno
An exploration of Umbria's late medieval and early Renaissance fresco cycles
Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
The services of a tour leader throughout the tour
The program will be altered to accommodate the various performances once the entire schedule is known
We also adapt to seasonal variations and activities, including local festivals.
However the essential content of the itinerary will remain the same.
B L D means that breakfast, lunch and/or dinner will be included that day.
Spoleto - Modern Opera
Mon 09 Sept Day 4 Lunch is included in the day C#2 Overnight Montefalco
The morning is at leisure at the accommodation .
Leisurely lunch in the garden at Camiano
Optional ore 11.00
Salone di Apollo di Palazzo della Penna, Via Podiani, 11
GIOVANI MUSICISTI IN CONCERTO
Con gli allievi della scuola di musica “La Maggiore” di Perugia
Livia Gulminelli pf - Guido Ciarfuglia pf - Ranèe Wang pf - Jin Young Ko pf - Susan Allen fl Giulio Ruffinelli vc - Mattia Stinchetti vc - Sofia Schulte vl - Vincenzo Celia vl
Francesco Palmiotto vl - Valentino Grasselli vl
2PM we will depart for Spoleto and a short tour before aperitivi and the performance in the delightful small theatre Caio Melisso in the Piazza Duomo of Spoleto
5pm at CIAO MELISSO, SPOLETO
Progetto OPERA NOVA© 2018
LONTANO DA QUI
Musica di Filippo Perocco
Libretto e drammaturgia Riccardo Fazi
Direttore Marco Angius
Regia Claudia Sorace / Muta Imago
Direzione tecnica e video Maria Elena Fusacchia
Cantanti solisti del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”
Ensemble del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”
Opera commissionata dal Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto
Coproduzione Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”
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Return to the accommodation at Montefalco for dinner this evening
Tue 10 Sept Day 5 Breakfast and dinner are included in the day Overnight Montefalco
The morning is at leisure, or you can participate in a cooking lesson at the accommodation.
After lunch we visit Deruta which has been a major ceramics centre since medieval times. Here you will be shown through a selection of some of the 300 outlets selling plates, bowls and anything else that might be made of terracotta.
Wed 11 Sept Day 6 B L Overnight Montefalco
Our guided tour includes a walk through the medieval ghost town under Rocca Paolina. The virtual underground city was a stroke of genius by the architect who was ordered to destroy the area. The tour also includes a visit to an Etruscan well and the extraordinary Etruscan gate from the 2nd century BC.
Thu 12 September Day 7 Breakfast and lunch are included in the day Overnight Montefalco
A day at leisure to spend in Montefalco
Mercoledì 12 settembre, ore 21.15
Foligno, Santuario Madonna del Pianto
LE FORME MUSICALI BAROCCHE DAL ‘600 AL ‘900
Musiche di J.S. Bach, M. Duruflé, M. Reger, A. Vivaldi
Ottorino Baldassarri, organo
Bevagna & a country lunch
Fri 13 September Day 8 B L Overnight Montefalco
We travel to Luciana’s country estate, a beautiful place in the hills above Bevagna, for an elegant lunch and to meet your gorgeous host. You can participate in the preparations with Luciana if you choose to or sip wine in the garden, and enjoy the landscape
In the afternoon we visit Bevagna. Down in the valley and just a short distance from Montefalco, Bevagna is one of Umbria's most evocative towns. The town contains Roman ruins and has a beautifully evocative piazza encircled by three churches. There is some free time to enjoy the ambience of this delightful Umbrian town and we visit a medieval house and roman mosaics as part of the guided exploration of this small gem.
Spoleto Lirico Opera - intermezzo Renaissance procession
Sat 14 September Day 9 B L C#3 Overnight Montefalco
LThe morning is at leisure and lunch at the accommodation.
4PM We drive to Spoleto for a guided tour of this town, rich in Roman and medieval history. The special qualities of the afternoon light are captured as we head into Spoleto where we begin with a short orientation stroll entering the town over the dramatic "Ponte delle Torri", a medieval aqueduct bridge with 10 towering arches to the main square. We explore the ancient Roman centre of the town including the Roman house and visit the Duomo to see Filippo Lippi's final fresco cycle
Aperitivi and a concert
9PM - Teatro Caio Melisso - Spoleto
LA FURBA E LO SCIOCCO
intermezzo buffo OF THE 1700s on a libretto by Tommaso Mariani
Un importante recupero grazie alla nuova edizione critica a cura del musicologo Eric Boaro. La direzione è affidata a Pierfrancesco Borrelli, musicista esperto nel repertorio barocco mentre la regia e l’allestimento a Andrea Stanisci, scenografo e costumista, che ha realizzato scene e costumi per oltre 150 spettacoli, collaborando con Memè Perlini, Franco Però, Giorgio Pressburger e altri. Debutta come regista lirico nel 2009 con la regia de Il cuoco e la Madamaper il Teatro Lirico Sperimentale.
Gli interpreti saranno il soprano Susanna Wolff ed il baritono Paolo Ciavarelli accompagnati dall’Ensemble strumentale del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale.
In Foligno at 11 PM tonight there is the spectacular parade in Renaissance costume as part of the Foligno Jousting festival
Torgiano Ravel & Janaček & Assisi - Ligeti, Schoenberg
Sun 15 September Day 10 Breakfast and Lunch is included in the day C#4 & #5 Overnight Montefalco
The morning is at leisure to relax
With the concert in the nearby wine town of Torgiano, we will book into a well known local restaurant for a characteristic Umbrian lunch post concert.
In the evening we will drive into Foligno again for the fabulous corteo Storico, the procession in Renaissance costume through the town with the horses parading in preparation for the jousting event tomorrow
At 12 Midday in Torgiano
TORGIANO – Cantine Lungarotti
Janaček: Quartetto n. 2 «Lettere intime»
Ravel: Quartet in F major
In collaborazione con Le Dimore del Quartetto
In omaggio ai 50 anni della Doc Torgiano
Back to the accommodation to rest for the event this evening in the main Basilica in Assisi, surrounded by the spectacular fresco cycle on the life of Saint Francis by Giotto.
At 6PM After a light refreshments at the accommodation we drive to Assisi
8PM - ASSISI – Basilica Superiore di San Francesco
ST. JACOB’S CHAMBER CHOIR
GARY GRADEN, direttore
Anders Åstrand, vibrafono
Ligeti: Lux Aeterna
Elgar: Nimrod, eleborazione per coro di John Cameron
Sköld: Den levande Maria
Schönberg: Friede auf Erden
Composizioni finaliste e proclamazione del vincitore del Concorso di Composizione per un’opera di Musica Sacra – Premio «Francesco Siciliani
At 9PM tonight a small part of our group are going to the Jousting festival in Foligno main sports ground
Perugia, Mass then Montefalco Wine Festival & Debussy
Mon 16 September Day 11 B D C#6 & #7 Overnight Montefalco
Driving to Perugia this morning for a concert mass.
11.30AM - PERUGIA – Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
CAPPELLA MUSICALE BASILICA DI SAN FRANCESCO DI ASSISI
Padre Giuseppe Magrino OFM, direttore
Messa solenne cantata
Otherwise the morning is taken up with tastings in and around Montefalco Enological Festival with tastings of Montefalco's award winning Sagrantino wine.
In the late afternoon, we attend a performance in Montefalco, our host town with the beautiful fresco cycle by Benozzo Gozzoli as the backdrop to the performance
At 5PM in MONTEFALCO – Museo di San Francesco
Maddalena Crippa, voce recitante
Debussy: Le tre Sonate
Tue 17 September Day 12 B Overnight in Montefalco
In the morning travel to Orvieto where there will be free time to explore the town centre with its fascinating array of shops, cafes and an award-winning gelateria. The day includes a guided visit to the Duomo, among the greatest of all Italy’s cathedrals, containing the work of Luca Signorelli. Lunch at a well known local restaurant.
Spoleto La Traviata
Wed 18 September Day 13 B L C#8 Overnight in Perugia
This morning we will drive to Spoleto for a performance provided by the Liric Theatre of Spoleto, Verdi's splendid Opera la Traviata performed in the town's main theatre the Teatro Nuovo.
At 10AM in Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto
Musica di Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto di Francesco Maria Piave
Direttore Carlo Palleschi
Solisti del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto
Orchestra del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale
Coro del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto
After lunch in Spoleto we'll return to the accommodation at Montefalco to pack up in preparation for our transfer to Perugia .
Late afternoon, transfer to our new accommodation in the historic centre of Perugia, i the main street at the top of the town
Thu 19 September Day 14 B L Overnight Perugia
Today we drive to the Roman town of Gubbio. The city's origins are very ancient. The hills above the town were already occupied in the Bronze Age and it was an important town of the ancient Umbrian people in pre-Roman times, made famous for the discovery there of the Eugubine Tables in 1444, a set of bronze tablets that together constitute the largest surviving text in ancient Umbrian. After the Roman conquest in the 2nd century BC — it kept its name as Iguvium — the city remained important, as attested by its Roman theatre, the second-largest surviving in the world. The theatre was built when, as a result of the Hellenization process of the Roman society, theatre going became popular.
According to Franciscan tradition, St. Francis after having left his home, his parents and his elegant clothes, in 1206 came to Gubbio where he was housed by the Spadalonga, a wealthy local family. The legend of the miracle of St Francis and the wolf still holds: "A wolf who had long ravaged the surrounding country was rebuked by St. Francis, who promised it a peaceful existence and daily food, if it would amend its ways. The wolf agreed to the compact, and placed his right paw in the hand of St. Francis in token of confidence and good faith. "Brother Wolf," as St. Francis called him, lived afterwards tamely for two years at Gubbio, in good fellow- ship with all, and finally died, much regretted, of old age." — From the "Fioretti di S. Francesco."
Lake Trasimeno & Passignano
Fri 20 September Day 15 B L Overnight Perugia
Auditorium San Domenico
LI DUE CUNTI
Balletto ispirato a Lo Cunto de li Cunti di Giambattista Basile
Coreografie Piera Schiavo, Luisa Contessa, Elena Moscetti
Perugia Benjamin Britton
Sat 21 September Day 16 C#9 B L D Overnight Perugia
This morning a second guided tour of Perugia to visit a couple of fascinating local artisan workshops including the Brozzetti weaving, where Marta Brozzetti continues the family tradition still working on the original wooden looms. We also go to a lead light maker in an ancient home nearby the centre of town.
Lunch together in Perugia
9PM PERUGIA – Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
CORO DELL’ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI S. CECILIA
TRINITY BOYS CHOIR
Elisaveta Martirosyan, soprano
Mark Milhofer, tenore
Dominik Köninger, baritono
ORCHESTRA GIOVANILE ITALIANA
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA DI PERUGIA
Jonathan Webb, direttore
Perugia Concert in the National Gallery
Sun 22 September Day 17 B D C#9 & (C#10) Overnight Perugia
This morning there is a performance on lute in the National Art Gallery in Perugia, and then a guided visit to the works in the Galeery with Neil Moore.
in the evening an optional performance in Foligno.
AT 12 midday in Perugia – Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
PAUL O’DETTE, lute
Musiche per liuto del primo Cinquecento di Dalza, Spinacino, Marco dall’Aquila, Francesco da Milano, Alberto Ripa da Mantova, Berrono
Omaggio ai 100 anni della Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
Presentazione a cura del Prof. Paolo Scarnecchia
And possibly a second performance this evening in Foligno
AT 9PM in Foligno - Auditorium San Domenico
Massimo Mercelli auto Ramin Bahrami
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fuga canonica in epidiapente da O erta musicale BWV 1079
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach / Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in re minore
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata in do maggiore Wq. 149
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in sol maggiore BWV 1038
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ricercare a tre da O erta musicale BWV 1079
Johann Sebastian Bach / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata in do minore
Departure to Fiumicino, Rome
Mon 23 September 2019 Day 18 B & Transfer
On the last day of the tour you will be transferred to Fiumicino, leaving the accommodation at 9am and anticipated arrival for check-in by 12 midday. Please don't book any international flights that depart prior to 3pm.
Camiano Piccolo is a family run country guesthouse located just outside the walls of the medieval hilltown of Montefalco, where a cluster of farm buildings has been converted into high quality accommodation. All rooms are furnished with solid antiques and have their own bathroom and private entrances. There is a shady garden with a swimming pool and spectacular views across the Valley of Umbria. The estate still produces their own vegetables, herbs, wine and olive oil which are used to prepare the delicious simple meals held in a pleasant dining room or outside under pine trees.