The annual Verdi and Ravenna Festivals present performances in gorgeous historic venues. With world famous sons like Giuseppe Verdi, Luciano Pavarotti, Arturo Toscanini, Emilia Romagna has a long, proud history of opera.
Its opera houses in Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Ferrara and Ravenna host a combined thousands of performances each year. Theater and opera lovers will always be able to find an event to attend, but should mark these festivals in their calendars.
The annual Verdi Festival
The annual Verdi Festival – is a month-long celebration of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in the province of Parma in Emilia Romagna. This year’s program, which officially runs from October 1 through October 31, 2017, will center around three operas – La Traviata, Stiffelio and Falstaff.
The Regio Theater of Parma and other neighboring theaters, will host the full program of concerts, meetings and exhibitions.
The Annual Ravenna Festival
The Annual Ravenna Festival – Held from May until July 2017, this festival celebrates the region’s centuries-long tradition of music and performing arts.
Held at some of Ravenna’s most unique sites – the Basilica of San Vitale and the Tomb of Dante Alighieri – the performances range from symphonic and chamber music to theater and ballet.