steve mccurry icons ancona


Ancona – Mole Vanvitelliana – from February 26th to June 25th, 2017

The exhibition Steve McCurry Icons, in the charming Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona, presents about 130 shots by Steve McCurry, one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography.

His activity is now almost forty years, and here is proposed perhaps the best of his vast production.

We will follow him on his travels in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan where, in the area of ​​Peshawar refugee he met and photographed Sharbat Gula, the girl that has become an icon of world photography.

Steve McCurry opens a window on the whole universe of experiences and emotions of the most distant ethnic groups, with their various – and desperate – conditions.

The exhibition begins with an extraordinary series of portraits and continues through images poetic and of the war, pain and joy, irony and astonishment with a kaleidoscope of contradictions.

In an audio guide available to visitors Steve McCurry speaks about many of the exhibited photos, and a video recounts his long career and his approach to photography. Another movie, produced by National Geographic explains the long search that brought Steve McCurry to find his “Afghan Girl”, 17 years after the famous shot.

capolavori sibillini sibillini masterpieces


The exhibition “Masterpieces Sibillini, art in places injured by the earthquake” offers to the visitors  from February 19 to October 1, 2017  a selection of about 100 Masterpieces that have been brought to the beautiful town of Osimo , in the Province of Anconafrom the territories affected by the earthquake of August, 2016.

Vittorio Sgarbi is the president of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition, he chose the name and the image that represents it, the Sibyl of the Neapolitan painter Corrado Gianquinto, coming from the Museum of Montefortino.

The Pinacoteca Gentili of San Ginesio, a lovely town  that for the awesome views it offers is called “The balcony of the Sibillini Mountains” but also, unfortunately, one of the towns most devastated by the earthquake, hosted  34 of those Masterpieces.

You’ll admire some works of Simone De Magistris, including a Pietà made in 1584, Filippo Conti, the Caracciolo, called Battistello, all works painted between 1500 and 1600.

An artistic treasure of inestimable value that was recovered and transferred to Osimo in order to preserve it integrity, enhance it through the exhibition, restore it, if necessary, with the proceeds of the tickets, to later return it to its ancient splendor to the places of belonging.

“Sibillini masterpieces, the art in places injured by the earthquake “

“Capolavori Sibillini, l’arte nei luoghi feriti dal sisma”

Exhibition of works of art, in Osimo, The Marches  Region, from the areas of the region affected by the earthquake.

Palazzo Campana, Piazza Dante 4 Osimo (Ancona)


From February 19th to October 1st, 2017

from Thursday to Sunday, weekends and holidays
10-13 and 16- 19

from April 13 to May 1 every day
10-13 and 16- 19

July daily
10-13 and 16- 20

from August 1 to September 10 every day without a lunch break
10- 20

Last admission 30 minutes before closing


€ 7.00

Reduced € 5.00
groups of more than 15, children under 18, holders of conventions, college students

Reduced € 4.00
students of primary and secondary schools

Children up to 6 years, disabled with a carer, a leader per group, two teachers per school group


Candelara is a small village in the municipality of Pesaro, in the Marche Region, where mountains and hills gently slope down to the Adriatic Sea in a striking geographical landscape rich in history, culture and art.

It is 7 km far from Pesaro, 180 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by valleys and forests of oak trees, bush, vines, olive trees. Candelara  offers a view that sweeps from the Adriatic Sea to the Apennines, with the mountains Catria, Nerone and Carpegna.

Candelara was inhabited in prehistoric times, then in Roman times. The settlement of Pieve Santo Stefano was founded between the seventh and eighth century, then the fortified town with the still visible walls and towers. In 1176 the Emperor Barbarossa took refuge there as a guest of the Bishop of Pesaro, after the battle of Legnano.

Candelara was dominated by the Malatesta, Lords of Rimini, until 1445 when they were defeated by troops of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the command of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.

The Latin word “Candelaria” is probably linked, according to the historian Luigi Michelini Tocci, to “festum candelarum, that is a light source, a fire, a lighthouse”.

The name of Candelara thus derives from the candles that have become nearly two centuries the country’s coat of arms.

The event Candele a Candelara came in 2016 to the thirteenth edition, is the first Italian Christmas market devoted to the candles and confirms its growing success prolonging for the fourth consecutive year the initiative in three weekends, for a total of 8 days events.

Thousands of visitors from all over Italy come to admire the impressive and colorful festival dedicated to candles, with its unique atmosphere.
Candele a Candelara take place from November 26 to December 11 (in the days of Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27th. And again on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Thursday 8, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 at the Immaculate Conception) in the ancient medieval village in the hills surrounding Pesaro, where every night the artificial light is switched off to make way for thousands of lit flames. A unique and charming thanks to two 15-minute electric lighting programmed shutdowns each (at 5:30pm and 6:30pm).
For half an hour every afternoon during the event, Candelara is fully illuminated by the warm light of the candles.

The opening hours of the event is from 10am to 9pm. At the end of the charming appointment bright balloons will be released on the sky above the old village.
In this edition the festival lights up with new and exciting shows and events.


juan diego florez


Juan Diego Florez is born in 1973 in Lima, Peru, where he began his musical studies continued later at the Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia.

We are particularly close to this extraordinary artist because the debut of his career with “Matilde di Shabran” took place right in Pesaro, at the Rossini Opera Festival, to which he takes part every year since 1996.

In Summer 1996 Juan Diego was already in Pesaro, trying the “Ricciardo and Zoraida” at the Rossini Opera Festival. Shortly before the opening of the Festival, the tenor of the Opera “Matilde di Shabran”, who played the role of Corradino, canceled his attendance due to illness. It’s easy to imagine the embarrassment of the organizers of the Festival, which now had to look for a replacement capable of supporting the difficult role in a strange opera, and just a few days before the debut. The Artistic Director Luigi Ferrari decided to give the role to the young Juan Diego Florez, that was only 23 years old. The tenor wanted to immediately accept the offer but, showing great professionalism, asked Ferrari a few hours over lunch to watch the score in order to decide whether to accept or not. Juan Diego, after seeing the first pages Juan Diego went to Ferrari and accepted the offer.

Everybody had to work hardly to prepare Juan Diego in such a short time. The young tenor proved scenes without even knowing the music, and at the end of those febrile days the debut came on 13 August 1996. The success was huge!

Since that time, several theaters of the world were interested on the young tenor. Among them the temple of Opera: Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Juan Diego made his debut at La Scala on December 7, 1996, the traditional date of the inauguration of the season, under the direction of the Maestro Riccardo Muti.

Juan Diego visited La Scala as a tourist a few months before and, contemplating the splendid hall, said: “Here I’ll sing in ten years.” He didn’t know that ten years would be only ten months!

His repertoire includes 32 works:

I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La Sonnambula e I Puritani of Bellini; Alahor in Granata, Don Pasquale, Elisabetta, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Fille du Régiment e Maria Stuarda of Donizetti; Armide e Orfeo of Gluck; La Vedova Allegra of Lehar; Il Tutore Burlato of Martín y Soler; L’Etoile du Nord of Mayerbeer; Mitridate of Mozart; Nina ossia la Pazza per Amore of Paisiello; Gianni Schicchi of Puccini; Adelaide di Borgogna, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Le Comte Ory, L’Italiana in Algeri, Matilde di Shabran, Otello, Semiramide, Il Signor Bruschino, Il Viaggio a Reims e Zelmira of Rossini; Il Cappello di Paglia de Firenze of Rota; Fledermaus di J. Strauss; Falstaff e Rigoletto of Verdi

He collaborated with the most famous conductors of the word, as Roberto Abbado, Yves Abel, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Wun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, John Elliot Gardiner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, James Levine, Jesús López-Cobos, Michele Mariotti, Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset, Nello Santi, Marcello Viotti, Alberto Zedda.

Juan Diego Florez maintains a close relationship with his country, he created a Foundation in Peru that targets the creation of children’s and youth orchestras and choirs. The project was inspired by the System Orquestas de Venezuela, and has as its main aim to remove children of the most vulnerable sectors of the population from various dangers: drugs, delinquency, child prostitution, etc.

rossini opera festival


From 10 to 22 August 2017 the XXXVIII edition of the Rossini Opera Festival  will take place in Pesaro.

The Rossini Opera Festival is a foundation promoted by the Municipality of Pesaro, the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro, the Intesa Sanpaolo bank and the Scavolini Foundation, with the scientific collaboration of the Rossini Foundation, and is a member of Opera Europa.

The distinctive feature of the XXXVIII edition of Rossini Opera Festival  will be a strong directorial imprint.

The famous Catalan group La Fura dels Bausafter the success in major international theaters open the Rossini Opera Festival, with Le siège de Corinthe, the first French opera by Rossini. Conducting the orchestra will be the famous baton of Maestro Roberto Abbado.

The XXXVIII edition of the Festival will see the return to Pesaro of Pier Luigi Pizzi, the historical presence of the event, in a scenically revised edition of La pietra del paragone, a work that is missing the Festival for fifteen years. The direction of the orchestra is of a big name like Daniel Rustioni.

The young festival offers Il Viaggio a Reims and a busy program of concerts, meetings and several initiatives that will complete as always the billboard, which will end with the Stabat Mater that will be video streamed live in Piazza del Popolo, the main square of the city where stands the splendid Renaissance Palazzo Ducale.


Pesaro, August 10-22 2017

Le siège de Corinthe
La pietra del paragone
Torvaldo and Dorliska

Il viaggio a Reims
Accademia Rossiniana
Belcanto concerts

Ildar Abdrazakov in concert
Stabat Mater



Gioacchino Rossini and Barbaja.

Every year the Rossini Opera Festival is held in the city of Pesaro, where the composer Gioacchino Rossini was born in 1792.

In 2017 the ROF is in its XXXVIII edition and attracts opera fans from all over the world.

So in August, during the ROF, our Guests are all Opera, Bel Canto and Villa Giulia lovers!

One of them is Philip Eisenbeiss, a cultured and exquisite person. Very fond of the Opera, and in particular of Gioacchino Rossini, after in-depth studies on the nineteenth-century Melodrama and Bel Canto has published a biography of Domenico Barbaja (1778-1841) with the title of “Bel Canto Bully

From coffee waiter Domenico Barbaja became one of the most powerful men of his time, thanks to an exceptional flair for musical talents and unparalleled business acumen.

Barbaja gave to the world Opera composers such as Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and with a mixture of ruthlessness, gambling and organizational intelligence has been able to build an economic and political empire extended over all the capitals of Europe.

His story, in which mingle the Napoleonic wars, gambling, melodrama, beautiful singing and the splendor of the Italian landscape, has been solidly documented and written with great narrative taste by Philip Eisenbeiss.

“I composed the Overture of Otello in a small room of the Barbaja home, where the bald and the fiercest of that businessmen had locked me with no other thing that a plate of macaroni, and with the threat of not being able to leave the room , during life, until I had written the last note. ”

Gioachino Rossini

Philip Eisenbeiss is born in Germany and lived in Switzerland, US, Italy and the Far East. Banker and headhunter for finance who now lives in Hong Kong, is passionate about Opera, board member of the Hong Kong Opera and has conducted extensive studies of the nineteenth century Melodrama and Bel Canto.

The extraordinary contrast between the passion for Opera of Philip and his work in the super technological Hong Kong may seem stark, but it reminds us that “not by bread alone does man live” and produced this very interesting reconstruction of a life which itself is a work of art.