Thursday, July 13, 2023

Scaletta - A Night at the Opera

Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia, Italy. Friday 14-July-2023.

A sneak preview of the operas to be performed at the upcoming Festival Della Valle D’Itria in Martina Franca. Aperitivo and a selection of arias at the 5* Masseria Torre Maizza. You can stay there for only Euro 1,578 per person per night! Nice to have a nose around. 

The hibiscus courtyard.

The programme was a selection from a rarely performed opera "L'Adorable Bel-Boul" by Massenet followed by other pieces from better known composers.

The singers were attendees at the Academy Belcanto receiving coaching to take their singing to the next level. Here they take a photo-op.

We had comfortable sofas not too far from the artistes and sat there with a glass of wine / prosecco and nibbles.

It was close enough to clearly see their performance as well as hear the singing.

We were particularly impressed by the guy in the cream jacket.

Afterwards we had a chat with the artistic director, Sebastian Schwarz, who is a neighbour of our friends Wendy and Margaret. Then off to Alba Chiara near Savelletri for supper.

A couple of days later we popped into the festival box office in Martina France and bought ourselves a season ticket for all four operas so we will be right, proper culture vultures this summer.

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