World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.8 (114 votes)

Monteverdi Festival, Cremona

Listed under Festivals in Cremona, Italy.

  • Photo of Monteverdi Festival, Cremona
  • Photo of Monteverdi Festival, Cremona
Photo of Monteverdi Festival, Cremona
Photo by flickr user Bettsy1970
Pin It

Some credit Claudio Monteverdi with godfathering opera, he didn’t invent it, it had been around for a decade or so before he wrote his first, ‘Orfeo’ in 1607, but he certainly shaped and managed its future as a loving and inspired father would.

Monteverdi is one of Cremona’s most famous sons and the town honours him accordingly with an annual three week festival featuring a mix of his own works, which vary from the passionately melancholic and dramatic to 17th Century crowd pleasers and works of those he inspired and mentored.

Second fiddle in Cremona is Andrea Amati, who developed the modern violin right here in the town. The more famous Stradivarius followed Amati and has his own local museum, The Stradivarius Museum, as well as featuring heavily in the Hall of Violins at the Palazzo Communale

Most of the performances, held in May, play at the Teatro Ponchielli, but local historic churches are annexed for the festival. The Ponchielli also manages the festival so contact them for more information on planned performances and booking tickets.

Monteverdi Festival Website (in Italian).

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Rio Carnival

    Carnival is a celebration of fun, music and frivolity held worldwide, but Rio Carnival is the biggest and the best known. More…

  • White Nights Festival

    During the summer months of May and June in St. Petersburg the city is so far north that the sun never quite sets, with both tw…

  • New Orleans Mardi Gras

    The New Orleans Mardi Gras Carnival reflects the party spirit of a city still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrin…

Nearby Experiences

  • Verdi Festival, Parma

    Verdi’s passionately romantic music is loved so passionately that the Verdi festival has spread from Parma to include Parma and…

  • Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

    This extraordinarily elegant and high-end golf resort and spa is one of the most luxurious hotels in Italy. With two golf cours…

  • Lake Iseo

    A short hop away from Milan, lies an area of Italy little known by tourists, yet resplendent in culture and beauty. Having disc…

Related links

Contribute to this page