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Ravenna

The name of a province and a city in the Emilia-Romagna region in the north of Italy. The city is important historically, as it was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire, the Ostrogothic Kingdom and the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, and has various well-preserved examples of late Roman and Byzantine architecture.

The annual Ravenna Festival takes place every June and July in and around the city of Ravenna, featuring mostly opera and classical music. It was founded in 1990 by Cristina Mazzavilani, wife of conductor Riccardo Muti, who is a long time resident of the city and appears regularly at the festival. In addition to the summer festival, an 'Autumn Trilogy' has been introduced - three operas performed in November. The city also has a regular opera season.

A selection of M&V articles about Ravenna

Ensemble. American Light Opera - Opera North enthralls the audience at the Ravenna Festival in Cole Porter's 'Kiss me Kate', by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Autumn Trilogy - Giuseppe Pennisi writes about three operas on the brink of the twentieth century, performed as a cycle in Ravenna

Ensemble. 1917 and Dante's 'Divine Comedy' - Giuseppe Pennisi samples the two themes at this summer's Ravenna Festival

Ensemble. 1917 - A Different Revolutionary Music - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Yuri Bashmet and his Moscow Soloists ensemble

Ensemble. The Joy of Operetta - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works

Ensemble. An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

Ensemble. Brilliant Ideas - Verdi's Shakespeare trilogy in Ravenna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Truly Powerful - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Ravenna's first performance of Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'

Ensemble. Eros and the Almighty - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Ravenna Festival

Ensemble. A Special Place - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Ravenna for the revival of a successful production of Handel's 'Rinaldo'

Ensemble. Lasting Magic - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian premiere in Ravenna of Mercadante's 'I Due Figaro'

Sex and Absolute Power - Handel's 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Heroes Step Up in Crisis - The Muti era lays claim to Chicago, by Barbara Sealock

Ensemble. Darkness to Light - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival

Ensemble. The Devil and the Bourgeoisie - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Ensemble. Shining Beauty - The current Italian season of Mozart's 'Idomeneo', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Dual Personality? - In the 20th anniversary year of Bernstein's death, Giuseppe Pennisi writes about Italy's homage to Lenny

Ensemble. Sheer Tension - The first performance of the unabridged 'Elektra' enthralls the audience, related by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. A New Dimension - Giuseppe Pennisi reports that chamber opera is alive and well

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