Sebastiano Maffettone

Sebastiano Maffettone

President of Fondazione Ravello

Making sense of our experience
Sebastiano Maffettone
president Ravello Foundation


The widely-praised high quality of the 2016 and 2017 Ravello Festivals has brought it back to national and international attention. This success has not only encouraged the Foundation to continue in the same direction, but to give added value to the Ravello programme in terms of content and new initiatives. As in 2017, so in 2018 all of our artistic and cultural activities will focus on the aims of the Ravello Foundation, whose organising bodies, including the working and administrative committees, as well as the Secretary-General, have collaborated with the intention of achieving even better results than in 2017. As usual, the Festival – from 30 June to 25 August – will be the most important period of the season in accordance with the guidelines set down  by the Artistic Directors Alessio Vlad (Music), Laura Valente (Dance) and Maria Pia De Vito (Jazz).

We open again with Wagner, perfectly in line with the Ravello Festival spirit; a concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, one of the greatest conductors of our time, conducting the London Philharmonic. On 11 August the “Giuseppe Verdi” Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana will play the traditional Dawn Concert which is this year conducted by the American conductor Ryan McAdams. In the first week of July, the dance season opens with performances by Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company (4 July) and the Royal Ballet (7 July). The rich and varied jazz programme sees the return to Ravello of Paolo Fresu, while Bill Frisell closes it with the singer Petra Haden in “When you Wish upon a Star”, a programme of cinema music. The visual arts are represented by well-known artists, and on the Music day of 21 June there is a second meeting to discuss the legislation of music, a meeting attended by stakeholders in the sector. This is not the place to list the whole Festival programme, which you are invited to read.

All the administrative bodies, staff and collaborators of the Foundation have contributed to preparations for the festival. The Regione Campania has given its indispensable and generous support without which the Festival would be impossible. It is my personal conviction that the production and spread of music, art and culture is an ethical motive which transcends show business and gives sense not only to a geographical area and Its surroundings which are beautiful in themselves, but also to ourselves and all who participate in the event. I cannot know whether beauty in itself can save us, but I am convinced that great art, the rigour necessary to make it possible, the example of illustrious protagonist in the Festival, as well as the atmosphere that accompanies them, will help us to reflect on everything around us and ourselves.


Happy Ravello 2018 to all!