Donizetti Opera 2024

From 14 November to 1 December 2024

Celebratory programme with two masterpieces: Roberto Devereux and Don Pasquale
Zoraida di Granata is the rare word staged for #donizetti200
LU OpeRave returns in a new venue

The programme includes renowned stars such as Javier Camarena, Roberto de Candia, John Osborn and Jessica Pratt, alongside other established younger performers and students of Bottega Donizetti.

On the podium, in addition to musical director Riccardo Frizza, we will see two emerging conductors such as Iván López Reynoso and Alberto Zanardi.

The operas will be directed by Stephen Langridge, Amélie Niermeyer, Bruno Ravella and Mattia Agatiello.

«This is the tenth edition of Donizetti Opera,» emphasises artistic director Francesco Micheli, «the tenth year we have worked on the construction of a monument to this artist whose greatness is still to be explored, a monument the first piece of which we are proud, and grateful, to have been able to build. On the one hand, we have sought to trace the origins of the man and the artist, presenting his works – both the best- and lesser-known ones – in philologically unexceptionable editions that are consistent with the execution practice of the time. On the other hand, we wanted to combine Donizetti’s revolutionary theatricality with the present time, since we believe that no theatre is as contemporary, vital and necessary as Donizetti’s. we always have the same purpose, today as ten years ago: to popularise Donizetti’s operas, and to spread the beneficial contagion of our love for him in Bergamo, in Italy and throughout the world».


Bottega Donizetti 2024

Applications are now open for the third edition of “Bottega Donizetti” in Bergamo, the advanced masterclass for young opera singers, which will take place from 20 May to 2 June 2024 and then during the Donizetti Opera festival, between October and December.
A unique training experience, all in the name of Donizetti, combining theory, practice and work experience, which will lead the students to the Donizetti Opera stage for Zoraida di Granata (second version 1824), Don Pasquale and Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti.

Among the teachers of the training course, directed by Giulio Zappa, will be baritone Roberto de Candia, the artistic director of the festival Francesco Micheli, the musical director Riccardo Frizza, the scientific director of the Donizetti Theatre Foundation Paolo Fabbri, the artistic director of the Teatro Regio of Turin Cristiano Sandri, pianist Hana Lee and choreographer Mattia Agatiello.

Applications for the pre-selections are open until 6 March 2024


La Favorite by Donizetti Opera 2022
Wins the Abbiati Award for Best Show
of the Year in Italy

The commission of the 42nd edition of the "Franco Abbiati" Music Critics Award has awarded the opening title of Donizetti Opera 2022, La favorite, directed by Riccardo Frizza and staged by Valentina Carrasco, the Abbiati Award for "Best Show of the Year."

This is the first time that a production from the Bergamo festival, under the direction of Francesco Micheli, has received the highest recognition among the categories considered annually for this prestigious award. In 2020, L'ange de Nisida received the "Special Award," while in 2016, soprano Carmela Remigio and conductor Corrado Rovaris were recognized for their performance in Anna Bolena, the first title staged by the festival.

«I am very happy for this recognition - says Riccardo Frizza, the festival's musical director and conductor for La favorite. It acknowledges the dedication of everyone who makes the festival possible and the choices made over the years with Francesco Micheli. Our commitment is to present Donizetti and his operas with the execution quality and dramatic dignity they deserve. In La favorite, no one has ever taken a step back, from Valentina Carrasco and her entire team to the cast, especially Annalisa Stroppa and Javier Camarena, from the technicians to the orchestra, the chorus, and the wonderful 'favorites' of all ages. We have faced difficult moments in recent years, but the festival has never stopped, and this award, in the year of Bergamo Brescia Capital of Culture, makes me even prouder to be a resident of Brescia in Donizetti's city».


Our major donors through their philanthropic contributions will be recognised throughout the year and highlighted during the Festival alongside the prestigious public and private supporters in Italy that have been supporting Donizetti Opera Festival. Friends enjoy many benefits during the Festival, including rare privileges at opera and musical performances, exhibitions and symposia, as well as invitations to private social gatherings and exclusive behind-the-scenes visits. Friends are recognised before and after the Festival through on-going communications and social gatherings in many cities around the world, with a strong focus in the U.S.A.



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Among our best composers, the one who needs more than others a festival is also the most humanly sympathetic and, at the same time, artistically undervalued: Gaetano Donizetti.  

La Stampa

So should a festival be organized, with rare titles, original and not recycled essays on the theatre programmes, with young and famous singers together. For Donizetti, in Bergamo, you are spoilt for choice.

Il Sole 24 Ore

Along the streets of Bergamo Alta Donizetti's music is diffused, in the shopwindows t-shirts and pictures of the Festival Donizetti shine red, even on the square, the Christmas tree is glittering with Donizetti's icons 


Corriere della Sera