Festival della Valle d'Itria
The Festival della Valle d’Itria is a summer opera festival held in the south eastern Italian town of Martina Franca in the Apulia region. The Festival was founded in 1975 and performances are given in July and August each summer on a specially constructed stage in the outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale.
The primary aim of the festival is to present obscure, neglected or rarely performed works, and often works in the standard operatic repertoire are given in their original versions (such as Verdi’s original 1857 version of Simon Boccanegra).
Notable revivals include:
- The Rough Guide to Italy Robert Andrews, Martin Dunford - 2011- Page 821 1848367171 "Southern Italy's top performing-arts festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria (T080.480.5100, www.festivaldellavalleditria.it), takes place in Martina Franca in late July / early August every year. On a par with the Maggio Musicale in Florence (see"