The music and performing arts festival in Ravenna, Italy takes place annually from mid-May until mid-July. The programme which includes some of the world’s leading artists embraces all performing arts and languages. This covers symphonic and chamber music, opera and theatre through to dance, world music and performances. The events are held in a wide range of venues that showcase Ravenna’s architectural and historical heritage.
I was among the guests at an evening held in conjunction with World Travel Market to promote the Festival. Leading light and one of the Artistic Directors is Christina Mazzavillani Muti, wife of the renowned conductor Riccardo Muti. Among the speakers was choreographer and Director Matthew Bourne whose company performs periodically at the Festival. We were able to enjoy a film clip of his company dancing Sleeping Beauty, which coincidentally opens at London’s Sadler’s Wells at the beginning of December, 2015.
Totally unexpected was an amazing performance on the cello by Giovanni Sollima and eight of his students playing music described as full of Mediterranean rhythms. It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to hear someone so very talented, and who is one of the star attractions of the 2016 Festival. Among the other highlights of the Festival are stars from the Bolshoi Ballet; Mandela Trilogy from the Cape Town Opera, and Riccardo Muti conducting the Giovanile Luigi Cherubini Orchestra.