The 41st edition of Bologna Festival takes place between May and October in the series Great Performers, Talents and The Ancient and the New. In April, as a prelude, the Musical Correspondences: readings of autograph writings by Sinopoli, Verdi, Debussy and Farinelli, with a concert by the countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński dedicated to Farinelli.
Grand opening on 2 May with John Eliot Gardiner and his English Baroque Soloists performing Mozart and Haydn. There will also be two symphonic performances by renowned conductors: Daniel Harding with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and violinist Alina Ibragimova; Jakub Hrůša with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Two piano recitals: the young Alexander Gadjiev in an all-Chopin programme; the charismatic Khatia Buniatishvili between Bach and Satie. Mario Brunello with his cello piccolo meets Tartini and coeval composers in virtuoso compositions; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux measures herself with the vocal agility of arias by Handel and Porpora.
The Talents series, in collaboration with Pianofortissimo, takes place in open air, in evocative places of historical interest. Kevin Spagnolo/Simone Rugani, Luca Giovannini/Martina Consonni, the Camerata Accademica Soloists, Davide Ranaldi and Quartetto EOS will be playing.
The series The Ancient and the New opens with the “Timeless Polyphonies” of the Tallis Scholars and then moves on to the 17th century with the Imaginarium Ensemble led by the baroque violinist Enrico Onofri, including the impressive percussion performance of Simone Rubino. Special attention will be paid to the repertoire for keyboard instruments, new or old, traditional or prepared, electronic or toy, such as Andreas Staier’s fortepiano or Emanuele Arciuli’s five different keyboards. Pianist Maria Grazia Bellocchio creates unusual intersections between Couperin and Kurtág, while the Quartetto Prometeo draws an ideal history of four strings works from Beethoven to Francesconi.