The Ravello Festival returns to its origins.
This is what is meant by inaugurating the Festival in the name of Wagner.
It is a fantastic idea which transforms a marginal episode in Wagner’s life into something which exemplifies the life of a composer in its symbolic representation of a wholly intellectual experience in which the North, in the name of an aesthetic attraction which enables us to discover common origins, met with the South, and this cannot fail to be considered as the foundation point of the Festival’s programme.
To this end, we have begun a collaboration with one of the most important European Wagner Festivals, that of Budapest, where Adam Fischer has for some years been recognized as obtaining great success.
Central to the programme there will be concerts by great orchestras and conductors on the Villa Rufolo terrace. Concerts where silence, music and landscape scenery give the events a character and an effect which can be found nowhere else in the world.
And conductors most of whom are new not only to Ravello for to the whole of the Campania Region: so, apart from Adam Fischer, we also have Kent Nagano and the Berlin DSO, Esa Pekka Salonen and the London Philharmonia, Lahav Shani and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Teodor Currentzis and his MusicAeterna.
This year too we have a youth orchestra: the Asian Youth Orchestra with James Judd and Vadim Repin, and also one of the best youth choirs in the world, the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Two important Ravello comebacks: Martha Argerich and Philip Glass. The latter has chosen Ravello in order to celebrate his 80th birthday in Italy; in a concert for one, two and three pianos, in collaboration with the Ruhr triennial, he will perform on the Villa Rufolo stage together with Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa, just as Martha Argerich with the Budapest Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy will be the protagonists of a varied programme.
We intend to show the best of music in this part of Italy, so we have the Filarmonica Salernitana Giuseppe Verdi; as well as in the traditional Dawn Concert (Concerto all’Alba), which this year will be performed by the conductor Oleg Caetani, the orchestra will perform directly with the metropolitan Ilarion Alfeev, a well-known composer, musician, historian and theologian, a central figure in the Orthodox church and a protagonist in some of the most important diplomatic events of recent years.