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Vicenza Opera Festival 2021
The fourth edition of the review conceived by Iván Fischer for Andrea Palladio's theater-jewel is starting
From the October 29 to November 1 the Olympic Theater by Andrea Palladio returns to host the Vicenza Opera Festival, which comes this year to IV edition.

The Festival, founded in 2018, was expressly conceived by Iván Fischer for the Vicenza theater. The famous Hungarian conductor, his Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Iván Fischer Opera Company they are now a permanent presence in the Palladian city.

The opera title chosen for the Vicenza Opera Festival 2021 is The coronation of Poppea, the latest masterpiece by Claudio Monteverdi. The opera will be staged in the new staging - presented as an Italian premiere - curated by Iván Fischer paired with Marco Gandini.

On stage a stellar cast of international voices, among the most appreciated in the field of early music, by the protagonist Jeanine De Bique to the countertenors Valer Sabadus is Reginald Mobley, who will play Nero and Ottone respectively, from Núria Rial to Luciana Mancini. There are three performances planned, debut on October 30, with replicas the October 31st is November 1 (always at 20).

For more information go to our presentation article:

The performances of the Monteverdi masterpiece will be preceded by symphonic concert of the Budapest Festival Orchestra with the extraordinary participation of the pianist Dénes Varjon, which will inaugurate the Vicenza Opera Festival on October 29 (8 pm). Music by Beethoven (Overture from Coriolano), Bartók (Piano Concerto No. 3 and Romanian Dances) e Haydn (Symphony No. 88).

All the shows will be held in the splendid setting of the Olympic Theater, Unesco heritage since 1994 together with the other Palladian works of Vicenza. The Olimpico, the oldest covered theater of the modern era, was commissioned to Andrea Palladio by the Olympic Academy, of which he himself was a part, for the representation of classical comedies. Designed in 1580, the architect could not see it built, in fact he died in August of the same year. The work, which had already begun, was continued by his son Silla who based himself on his father's notes and ended in 1584, limited to the cavea complete with loggia and the proscenium. Another great architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi from Vicenza, was called to create the wooden scenes, of great effect for their perspective illusionism and attention to detail, and in March 1585 the Olympic Theater could be inaugurated.


The Vicenza Opera Festival is organized by the Quartet Society in collaboration with the Municipality of Vicenza.

Tickets are on sale online on the Vivaticket circuit, and in Vicenza at the headquarters of the Quartetto Society (Vicolo Cieco Retrone 24, from Monday to Friday from 9 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 17.30 - tel. 0039 0444 543729) and at the Theater Box Office Municipal (Viale Mazzini 39, from Tuesday to Saturday from 15 to 18.15, tel. 0039 0444 324442).

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The precious casket of the Olympic Theater with its fixed scenes leads to a very particular setting, which must be specially designed for this unique place in the world. As Maestro Iván Fischer points out "While in all the opera houses in the world the music is the same, but with each production the scenery changes, here the scenery remains a constant element and it is the music and the scenic action that must do the difference. All this is fascinating. "

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Iván Fischer

Conductor, composer, opera director, teacher, Iván Fischer is considered one of the most visionary musicians of our time.

With his innovative approach to music, Iván Fischer has developed several new concert formats and introduced numerous reforms in the working methods of the symphony orchestra. In the mid-1980s he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra, crowning a personal dream and realizing his innovations with it, aimed at forming a team of creative musicians, active in orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire.

His work as musical director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest musical successes of the last 30 years. Numerous international tours and a number of recordings for Philips Classics and Channel Classics have made him one of the most celebrated conductors in the world.

Iván Fischer has founded numerous festivals, including the Budapest Mahlerfest, the “Bridging Europe” festival and the Vicenza Opera Festival.

He was principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, of the Opéra National de Lyon and of the Konzerthausorchester of Berlin, the latter appointing him Graduate Conductor. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has appointed him Honorary Guest Conductor after many decades of collaboration. He is often guest conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

After several appearances in international opera houses, he founded the Ivan Fischer Opera Company. His staging aims at an organic unity between music and theater. IFOC productions, which often spatially connect instrumentalists and singers, have been met with great success in recent years in New York, Edinburgh, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Geneva and Budapest.


Budapest Festival Orchestra
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is considered to be one of the top ten orchestras in the world. The Orchestra performs regularly in the most important concert halls of the international music scene, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Center in London. She has been repeatedly invited to perform in prestigious international festivals such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. The BFO has won two Gramophone Awards, and in 2014 it won the Diapason d'Or for the recording of Symphony No. 5 by Mahler.
The opera productions of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer, have been hosted at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Abu Dhabi Festival. The production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' ranked first in the New York Magazine ranking of the best classical music events of 2013. The Vicenza Opera Festival, founded by Iván Fischer, was inaugurated in the fall of 2018.


Iván Fischer Opera Company
The Iván Fischer Opera Company is a satellite company of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Each year he produces and performs an opera under the guidance of Iván Fischer in various stage spaces and opera houses around the world. The performances were presented at the MUPA in Budapest, at the Rose Theater in New York, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Festival Theater at the Edinburgh Festival, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Concertgebouw in Bruges , at the Abu Dhabi Festival and at the Berlin Konzerthaus. The Company will perform every year at the Vicenza Opera Festival.

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