Sebastiano Maffettone

Sebastiano Maffettone

President of Fondazione Ravello

Since last year the Fondazione Ravello has had a new governing body and a new artistic direction. The excellent and universally appreciated quality of the 2016 Festival has brought it back into the centre of interest in cultural events both nationally and internationally, in a way that has not been so for a long time. This success has encouraged the Fondazione to continue in the same direction as the previous year, but making the 2017 programme even better in content and ideas. So that, as in 2016, all the artistic and cultural activities will focus on the setting of the Fondazione Ravello, whose governing bodies – especially the CDI and the CDA – have collaborated in order to achieve even better results than in 2016.

As always, the Festival will be the highlight of the season, along the lines established in total autonomy by its artistic directors Alessio Vlad (music) and Laura Valente (dance and new languages), with the collaboration of Maria Pia de Vito (jazz).

The opening of the Festival on 1st July 2017 will be dedicated to Wagner with a concert conducted by the Hungarian Maestro Adam Fisher. The next day, the prestigious American NY City Ballet will perform Balanchine, with scenery and costumes by one of the greatest contemporary Italian artists, Francesco Clemente. Sacred music will have a special importance in the presence of Ilarion Alfeev, Metropolita by Volokolamsk, not only a man of faith but a celebrated composer. Jazz will be represented by Wayne Shorter (on 14 June). To the great pleasure of his fans, Philip Glass will spend his eightieth birthday at Ravello, together, of course, with a performance of his music. It is impossible, however, to try to reduce to a few lines the programme of the Festival. However, I cannot but underline certain prestigious innovative events. 9th June will see the beginning of a series of talks dealing with the great issues of contemporary society, the first of which is a lesson given by the Minister Claudio De Vincenti. The visual arts will be represented by exceptional professionals, among which is the above-mentioned Francesco Clemente and an artist’s residency and exhibition by another great Italian artist, Sandro Chia. There will then, on the Music Day (21st June), be a meeting to discuss the legal system relating to music, with the presence of major stakeholders of the sector.

All of this, it goes without saying, is the outcome of team work which has involved all the bodies of the Fondazione, all the staff and all its collaborators. Our basic conviction, and one which has made possible this dynamic collaboration, is that in order to produce music and make it known, art and culture have an ethical importance which is above show business and which gives value to all our lives.

Enjoy Ravello 2017, everyone!

Sebastiano Maffettone
President of Fondazione Ravello