Friday 3 July | H 21.00

Saturday 4 July | H 21.00

Teatro Comunale


With a view to maximizing the protection of its public and in compliance with the indications on the safety spacing contained in the DCPM of 11 June 2020 (art.1 lett. M) The Theater makes available to spectators the following purchase options:
Whole stage 3 seats * | Whole stage 2 seats * | Single stage 1 seat | Poltronissima (stage).
It should also be noted that the positioning of the orchestra will be in the audience behind the stage; therefore stalls are not offered for sale.
The stages are offered for sale only whole and it is not possible to break their purchase. The distance of at least 1 meter is foreseen among the Poltronissime, arranged on the stage.
* The purchase of the entire stage is possible only if the occupying spectators are not subject to the obligations of interpersonal distancing.



Orfeo ed Euridice, Ouverture


Sinfonia n. 2 in Re maggiore op. 11


Sinfonia n. 6 op. 14 in Re minore “La Casa del Diavolo”


Sinfonia 104 in Re maggiore “London”


Christoph Willibald Gluck

For a long time adapting to the prevailing melodramatic costume, the German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) came to the definition of what would be called “the reform of melodrama” after more than twenty years of activity. Both in Orfeo and in Alceste and Iphigénie en Aulide (undoubtedly Gluck’s three masterpieces), everything seems admirably merged into a unity of language that makes each work a work in its own right, thus denying the principle of ‘conventional eighteenth-century work, built according to molds valid for any situation.

Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was a classical composer, virtuoso violinist and conductor of the main symphony orchestra in Paris. Remembered today as the first known classical composer of African origin, he represents one of the most important Parisian music figures in the second half of the 18th century.

Luigi Boccherini

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), cellist and prolific composer, is remembered for having been the greatest representative of the Italian instrumental tradition of the eighteenth century. His vast production is characterized by a stubborn preference for the shape of the string quintet (which he conceived without real models and destined to end with his death) in the years in which the driving form of the new chamber music was confirmed to be the quartet. Among the best known productions we mention the Symphony in D minor called “The house of the Devil” (1771) and the famous Concerto in B flat major (1772).

Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) soon became famous, honored and admired throughout Europe. In Vienna he was in contact with Mozart and had Beethoven as his pupil. The composer summarizes all the efforts, aspirations and constructive progress made in the previous century by generations of European musicians who worked and helped develop instrumental music. He was considered the “father of the symphony”, of the “sonata” and of the “quartet” because he created the formal and sonorous balance. In the instrumental works, which constitute the most ingenious part of his production, they amaze and leave admired the apparent simplicity of the invention, the freshness of the language and the ability to “play” with the formal structures.


With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, Zoltán Peskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti. Some of the conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliau Inbal, Vladimir Jurowskij, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovič, Esa Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale is often invited abroad (The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, and Switzerland) and has played in many prestigious festivals (Amsterdam 1987, Parma 1990, Wiesbaden 1994, Santander 2004 and 2008, Aix en Provence 2005, Savonlinna 2006, Macao 2013, Muscat 2015, Guanajuato in Mexico 2017, Paris 2018). A special connection  with Japan has brought to several tours, including the tour in June 2019 in Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, with performances of Rigoletto directed by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Siviglia directed by Federico Grazzini. 

Its numerous recordings include La Favorite conducted by Richard Bonynge; Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio conduted by Zoltán Peskó, Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Giuseppe Patané, La Fille du Régiment conducted by Bruno Campanella, Le Maschere and La Bohème conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, La Scala di Seta conducted by Gabriele Ferro, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne, and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arco and Werther conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by  Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegra conducted by Michele Mariotti.

The Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti, has recorded a CD under the label Decca with sacred arias sung by Juan Diego Flórez, and an album under Sony with Romantic arias sung by Nino Machaidze. Under Deutsche Grammophon the Orchestra recorded Le Comte Ory with Flórez, and La Nuit de Mai – a selection or arias and songs by Leoncavallo – with Placido Domingo. Under the label PENTATONE it recently released a CD containing overtures by Rossini, to celebrate 150 years since the death of the composer.  

In March 2013 the artistic ensembles of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, led by Michele Mariotti, opened the IV International Festival Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In October 2015, again with Michele Mariotti on the podium, they opened the Lingotto Music Festival at the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Turin, where they performed Stabat Mater by Rossini, and his Overture and Ballet Music from Guillaume Tell. 

After working with the Rossini Opera Festival for nearly thirty years (from 1988 to 2016), the year 2017 brought new collaborations between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, where the Orchestra performed, among other productions, the Stiffelio directed by Graham Vick. Staged at the Teatro Farnese, the show was highly appreciated by audience and critics alike and was granted the Special Prize at the 37th edition of the “Franco Abbiati” Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Miller at the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto. 

The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohème staged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show.