Events 2021 Taormina&Sicily

Events 2021

Dear guests and friends of Hotel Villa Schuler. In previous years, we have always tried to help our guests and anyone who wanted to come to Taormina to plan their vacations by providing them with a comprehensive calendar of events.

In 2020, virtually all events were canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. And, unfortunately some of them are again postponed to 2022. But we are happy to at least be able to announce quite a lot of events for the 2021 season for Taormina and surroundings. Most of them take place at open air locations, the wonderful Teatro Antico of Taormina, one of the most beautiful open air locations of Italy the charming roman theatre Odeon of Taormina, the Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino of Zafferana Etnea and other locations in the region.

We will continue to look for new events and keep you updated here on our Hotel Villa Schuler events page. It’s worth checking back every once in a while to see if we’ve found something new.

EXHIBITIONS 2021

June 27 to July 3
Casa del Cinema – Corso Umberto, Taormina
Cinema and legality a tribute to Leonardo Sciascia, curated by Vincenzo Aronica Centro
Info: opening times daily from 10.00 to 20.00 h, admission free

August 13 to October 31
Casa del Cinema – Corso Umberto, Taormina
Bellini and the Cinema. Publicity materials of films dedicated to Vincenzo Bellini, curated by Ninni Panzera.
Info: opening times daily from 10.00 to 20.00 h, admission free

until November 14, 2021
Palazzo Ciampoli – Taormina
Le Cento Sicilie. Il più ibrido dei continenti (The 100 Sicilies. The most hybrid of the continents) a plural, transversal and intergenerational look at a part of the contemporary art scene in Sicily. On show, with four works each, are Alessandro Bazan, Giovanni Blanco, Barbara Cammarata, Giuseppe Colombo, Emanuele Giuffrida, Giovanni Iudice, Giovanni La Cognata, Filippo La Vaccara, Franco Polizzi, Ignazio Schifano, Samantha Torrisi and William Zanghi. An exhibition organized by the Naxos Taormina Archaeological Park, directed by Gabriella Tigano. Multimedia and inclusive, the visitor can in fact get in touch with the twelve artists thanks to the QR Code flanked each work and that refers to a video in which the artist tells his story.
Info: daily from 9.00 to 19.00 h, admission free

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JUNE 2021

June 6 (from 9:00 to 19.00 h)
Naxos Taormina Archaeological Park – Giardini Naxos
Le Giornate dell’Euphorìa  Well-being with, among others: yoga, walking, Tai Chi, Pilates inside the archeological site of Naxos. Euphoria is a term of Greek origin that means „to bring good, well-being, optimism and therefore happiness” the event, a cooperation of the City of Giardini Naxos and the Naxos Taormina Archaeological Park, will transform the more than 10 hectares of archaeological area that were the seat of the first Greek polis on the island, into a multifunctional urban park. Paying the entrance fee of the archeological park, the participation of different classes for adults and children are free of charge.
Info: parconaxostaormina.com

June 12
Teatro Antico  – Taormina
Emma, the Italian singer, songwriter, pop and rock musician in concert, known for her powerful, hoarse and raspy voice and called one of the best singers of the moment.
Info: emmamarrone.net

June 17 to 21
Teatro Antico and other locations – Taormina
Taobuk 11th edition, the literary festival of Taormina, this year with the title „Metamorfosi” (Metamorphosis), directed by Antonella Ferrara. The detailed program is not yet published.
Info: taobuk.it

June 27 to July 3
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Taormina Film Fest 67th edition, directed by the film journalists Alessandra De Luca, Francesco Alò and Federico Pontiggia.

JULY 2021

July 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini (founded by Muti in 2004),  performing Vincenzo Bellini, Symphony from Norma and Franz Schubert, Symphony in C D 944 La Grande
Info and tickets: boxOffice and VivaTicket

July 17 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Francesco de Gregori back live. This summer, in fact, will be in concert in the main outdoor locations of our peninsula, with „De Gregory&Band live – Greatest Hits”, a tour that, starting in July, will see him as a protagonist on the stages of Italy to propose to the public the most famous and significant songs of his repertoire. The band that will accompany De Gregori on stage is composed of Guido Guglielminetti (bass and double bass), Carlo Gaudiello (keyboards), Paolo Giovenchi (guitars), Alessandro Valle (pedal steel guitar and mandolin), Primiano Di Biase (hammond) and Simone Talone (percussion).
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

July 18 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
From Hollywood to Cinecittà. Film musics by Piovani, Trovajoli, Williams, Jarre and Rota performed by the “Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania” and conducted by Carlo Ponti.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

July 18 (20.45 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Francesco Cafiso Quartet. Great international Jazz classics.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 20 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Jazz FestivalVince Abbracciante and Javier Girotto.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 21 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Jazz Festival – Faraj Suleiman – Tania Giannouli Trio
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 22 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Jazz Festival – Amir Gwirtzman – Daniela Spalletta
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 23 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Jazz Festival – Rosalba Bentivoglio
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 24 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Giorgio Panariello, born in Florence, Panariello started his carreer as a comedian in Versilia and became one of the most popular Italian comedians, actors and presenters. After having published in 2020 the novel „Io sono mio fratello” (I am my brother), a great success with the public and critics, and waiting to go on stage all over Italy in 2022 with the new theater show „La Favola Mia”, Giorgio Panariello returns to the stage in the summer of 2021 with „Story”, a show with all the best of his career.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

July 24 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Jazz Festival – Cettina Donato and Ninni Bruschetta
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 24 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Mario Venuti
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 25 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Modugno – Una Storia da Cantare. A story to sing. By and with Tony Colapinto and Francesco Bega (guitar).
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 28 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mohammad Alshaikh the only 18 years old extraordinarily talented pianist, known as the „pianist of Ramallah”, and the Orchestra Taormina Opera Stars, conducted by Salvo Miraglia performing musics by Rossini, Beethoven, Bizet and Grieg
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ctbox.it

July 28 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Tango Rouge Company with the dancers Neri Piliu&Yanina Quinones and Pablo Piliu&Gisèlle Tacon, live music by Tango Sonos, Antonio Ippolito (bandoneon) and Nicola Ippolito (piano).
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 28 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Tosca Morareza
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 28 and 29 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
La pace seguirà by Andrea Elodie Moretti with Andrea Aquilante, Andrea Tassinari, Cecilia Delle Fratte, Filippo Cancellotti, Massimiliano Baccelli and Simone Sommariva Andrea, directed by Elodie Moretti.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

July 29 and 30 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Antonello Venditti – Unplugged 2021 The singer songwriter and pianist from Rome , considered among the most popular and prolific of the so-called „Roman school”, since 1971, the year of his debut record, has concentrated in his repertoire songs of love and social commitment. With 30 million copies he is one of the Italian artists with the highest number of records sold.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

July 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Emozioni – a musical journey with the songs of  Lucio Battisti with Mogol and Gianmarco Carroccia.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

AUGUST 2021

August 1 (21.15 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Traviata. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Sicilia and the Coro Lirico Mediterraneo, conducted by Alessandra Pipitone. With among others Maria Fancesca Mazzara (Violetta), Alberto Profeta (Alfredo Germont), Francesco Vultaggio (Giorgio Germont). Directed by Salvo Dolce, choreography by Stefania Cotroneo. There will be a second performance on August 31, 2021.
Info and tickets: siciliaclassicfestival.it and vivaticket.com

August 1 and 2 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Concerto per l’Etna a concert for Mt. Etna with Luciano Troja (piano) Antonino Cicero (fagott) Giampiero Cicciò (recital voice) Giovanni Tomarchio (video) and Giuseppe Riggio (choice of texts and photography).
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 1 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Levante. Dall’alba al tramonto Live.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 1 (21.00 h)
Stairways of the Cathedral – Noto
Noa and Gil Dor in concert. Special guest Rusian Sirota
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 2 (21.15 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Arisa. Ortica Live Tour.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 3 (20.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale – Taormina
Racconti di gioventù (stories of youth) – Giuseppe Sinopoli and his beginnings. Unpublished texts and musics of the maestro performed by the Quintetto d’archi Vincenzo Bellini, Alessandro Cortese (violin) Giovanni Cocuccio (violin) Luigi De Giorgi (viola) Vadim Pavlov (violoncello) Giuseppe Giacalone (double bass) Silvia Cappellini (piano) and the Coro Lirico Siciliano, conducted by Francesco Costa.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 3 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Neri Per Caso. From the Beatles to present days.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 3 (21.15 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellin – Zafferana Etnea
Grande Sud – with Eugenio Bennato, Mario Incudine and Roy Paci
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 4 to 29
Taormina, Catania, Tindari, Piazza Armerina and Gela
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra edizione 2021 – Opera Festival with most events taking place at antique theatres of Sicily.

August 4 (21.00 h)
Villa Bellini – Catania
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera by Pietro Mascagni and Cavalleria Sequel – 12 anni dopo by Mario Menicagli. Pietro Mascagni’s masterpiece is presented here in a colossal production co-produced with the Malta Astra Opera House. A stellar cast, with Sonia Ganassi and Piero Giuliacci in the main roles, will bring to life the most famous drama of jealousy that tells of 19th century Sicily and the troubled love story between Santuzza and Turiddu.
At the head of the Sicilian Opera Chorus and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria the sure baton of Filippo Arlia; direction by Pier Francesco Maestrini. In World Premiere, the sequel of Cavalleria Rusticana by Mario Menicagli, which takes us to Vizzini twelve years later: Alfio is out of prison and asks for the community’s forgiveness, Turidduzzu, son of Santuzza and Turiddu, runs around the pleasant town…
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 4 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La goia di danza – Gran Galà of dance with Les Italiens de l’Opera de Paris with Valentine Colasante, Paul Marque, Alessio Carbone, Francesco Mura, Andrea Sarri, Letizia Galloni, Bianca Scudamore, Ambre Chiarcosso, Sofia Rosolini, Antonio Conforti, Julien Guillemard, Giorgio Foures, Christian Pacher and Gerard Baraton (accordeon)
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 4 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Roberto Lipari – Non ce n’è comico
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 5 (21.30 h)
Colonnato dei Domenicani – Linguaglossa
Max Gazze'
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 5 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Fabrizio Moro. Canzoni nella stanza – unplugged 2021. A special event with the Italian rock star Fabrizio Moro. Under the special circumstances of a reduced number of spectators due to the pandemic rules, Moro created an unplugged tour, with only two musicians who will acompany him on stage, Danilo Molinari (guitar) e Claudio Junior Bielli (piano). „I have reproduced a living room on stage – says Fabrizio Moro – „There is a carpet, two guitars and a piano… there is also a bottle of wine and an ashtray. I’ll come to visit you for real this time and I’ll take this stuff with me, so that you can hear how the songs are when they are born, without arrangements and without too many colors. Raw… essential. We start again. Slowly but surely. I’ll see you at your house, it’s kind of my house now anyway.”
Info and tickets: facebook.com/fabriziomoropage and ticketone.it

August 5 (21.00 h)
Teatro Lucio Dalla – Milo
Milo Jazz Festival – Musica Nuda with Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 6 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Diodato the winner of Sanremo 2020, announced his summer tour, after the blocks due to Covid. Three dates in July, five in August and one in September and he arrives also in Sicily, for only one concert, which will be at the Teatro Antico.
Info and tickets: diodatomusic.it and ticketone.it

August 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Nel ventre dal romanzo theatre play by Sergio Claudio Perroni, with Stefano Panzeri, directed by Andrea Paolucci
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 6 (21.00 h)
Teatro Lucio Dalla – Milo
Milo Jazz Festival – Magmafunk Collective and the Afro Funk Arkestra
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 6 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Nicola Piovani – La Musica è Pericolosa (music is dangerous)
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 6 (21.30 h)
MU.ME Museo Regionale – Messina
Lucky Strike Quartet
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 6 (21.30 h)
Mura di Timoleontee – Gela
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Italian Love Songs. Mario Venuti and the Coro Lirico Siciliano and Ruben Micieli (piano), offering an evening between pop and opera, conducted by Francesco Costa. A musical journey through the most famous pages of the rich and beloved repertoire in the twentieth century Italian music: from Tosti to De Curtis, from Leoncavallo to Bixio, with a tribute to Franco Battiato.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 7 (21.00 h)
Teatro Lucio Dalla – Milo
Milo Jazz Festival – Omage to Franco Battiato. Suleyman Erguner and the Wirling Dervishes of Istanbul
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 7 (21.30 h)
Colonnato dei Domenicani – Linguaglossa
Fiorella Mannoia, one of the most versatile Italian singers. She began her career in 1968, distinguishing herself for her particular, extremely deep vocal timbre, her creative interpretations of pieces by other artists and for her social commitment.
Info and tickets: fiorellamannoia.it, ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 7 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico  – Tindari
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera by Pietro Mascagni and Cavalleria Sequel – 12 anni dopo by Mario Menicagli. Pietro Mascagni’s masterpiece is presented here in a colossal production co-produced with the Malta Astra Opera House. A stellar cast, with Sonia Ganassi and Piero Giuliacci in the main roles, will bring to life the most famous drama of jealousy that tells of 19th century Sicily and the troubled love story between Santuzza and Turiddu.
At the head of the Sicilian Opera Chorus and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria the sure baton of Filippo Arlia; direction by Pier Francesco Maestrini
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 7 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Max Gazzé, the singer-songwriter and bass player during his “la matematica dei rami tour” makes a stop in Sicily. Gazzè picks up his bass guitar and goes back on tour. In recent months he has  continued to produce music, releasing his new album „La matematica dei rami”, produced with the Magical Mystery Band, between underground and pop, electronic and rock. It will not be this band to accompany Gazzè, he will play live with his historical musicians: Max Dedo on woodwinds, Cristiano Micalizzi on drums, Clemente Ferrari on keyboards. The only confirmation is Daniele Fiaschi on guitars.
Info and tickets: maxgazze.it and ticketone.it

August 8 (21.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Tindari
Fuori di chiave theatre play by and with Enzo Gambino, Sandro Sciarratta and Rodolfo Pagano, directed by  Enzo Gambino
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 8 (21.00 h)
Teatro Lucio Dalla – Milo
Milo Jazz Festival – David Helbock “Playing John Williams” and the Stefano Di Basttista Quartet with “Morricone Stories”.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 8 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Fiorella Mannoia in concert. See also August 7
Info and tickets: fiorellamannoia.it, ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 9 and 10 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Gli imperi della mente theatre performance by and with Elio Crifò
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 9 (21.30 h)
Azienda Costa Sovere – Puntalazzo di Mascali
Puntalazzo Jazz Festival 2021 – Eddie Gomez Trio
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 10 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Hjo Jazz Orchestra – The Stars of Swing, musics by Miller, Gershwin, Basie and Ellington
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 10 (21.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Tindari
Gabriele Lavia reads the fables of Oscar Wilde (in Italian language) Oscar Wilde’s magical stories for children have often been dismissed as lesser works, but as examples of how important imagination is to us all – young and old alike – they are a delight.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 10 (21.00 h)
Villa Bellini – Catania
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Maria de Buenos Aires, opera by Astor Piazzolla.
The only tango opera he composed, Maria de Buenos Aires represents the essence of the great musician’s production. Operita tango, as he himself defines it, inspired by the singer Milva, is about Maria, a prostitute in the city of Buenos Aires, who is kidnapped by the tango and, finally, killed. The plot is particularly surreal and includes a payador, an elf, some puppets under his control, and psychoanalysts, who move on stage to the rhythm of tango. The cast includes the participation of Cecilia Suarez Paz, daughter of the historic violinist of Piazzolla. The Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria will be conducted by Filippo Arlia.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 11 (21.30 h)
Azienda Costa Sovere – Puntalazzo di Mascali
Puntalazzo Jazz Festival 2021 – Kevin Hays Duo
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 11 and 13 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Rigoletto opera by Giuseppe Verdi, with the orchestra e choir of the Teatro Bellini di Catania conducted by Placido Domingo, directed by Leo Nucci, who also sings the title role of Rigoletto,  other solists are: Federica Guida (Gilda) Stefan Pop (Duca di Mantova) Antonio Di Matteo (Sparafucile) Anastasia Boldyreva (Maddalena) Maria Russo (Giovanna) Alessandro Busi (Monterone) Dario Giorgelè (Marullo) and others.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 12 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana
Gatto Blu in Sto Tornando. The company from Catania, having exceeded thirty years of peaceful coexistence call themselves ambassadors of laughter in the Mediterranean basin.
Info and tickets: gattoblu.it and ctbox.it

August 12 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Samuele Bersani. Bersani will be on stage together with Tony Pujia and Silvio Masanotti (guitars), Stefano Cenci (keyboards), Davide Beatino (bass) and Marco Rovinelli (drums) with whom he will redesign new ideas of his songs, a show, full of songs fixed in the history of music, and an artist who doesn’t need artificial special effects, poetic and direct, able to hit you with a few notes.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 13 (21.30 h)
Azienda Costa Sovere – Puntalazzo di Mascali
Puntalazzo Jazz Festival 2021 – Gaetano Spartà Quartet and the Marco Panascia Deidda Bass Duo
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 13 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Samuele Bersani in concert with Tony Pujia and Silvio Masanotti (guitars), Stefano Cenci (keyboards), Davide Beatino (bass) and Marco Rovinelli (drums). For more info see also August 12 of this event calendar.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 13 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico  – Tindari
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Franco Battiato Tribute An evening of fusion between pop and opera with the beautiful songs of Franco Battiato coming to life through the voices of Rita Botto, Fioretta Mari and Etta Scollo. The Coro Lirico Siciliano and the Orchestra in Residence, conducted by Francesco Costa, will enrich a magical night of poetry in memory of the famous singer from Mt. Etna.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 13 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Piero Pelù. The Italian singer and songwriter, born in Florence and best known for his work with the Italian band Litfiba and for the political commitment through music, the lyrics of his songs, concerts and attitudes that he shows in public.
Info and tickets: facebook.com/pieropelufficiale, ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Tindari
Gli imperi della mente by and with Elio Crifò
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 15 (21.30 h)
Colonnato dei Domenicani – Linguaglossa
Niccolò Fabi. The Rome born singer-songwriter with a PhD in romance philology as of now has released nine studio albums and a greatest hits album in Italy, as well as two compilation albums for the Hispanic market. During his career, Fabi received two Lunezia Awards for the album „La cura del tempo” and for the song „Costruire”.
Info and tickets: nicolofabi.it and ctbox.it

August 16 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gabriele Lavia reads the fables of Oscar Wilde (in Italian language) Oscar Wilde’s magical stories for children have often been dismissed as lesser works, but as examples of how important imagination is to us all – young and old alike – they are a delight.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ticketone.it

August 16 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Negrita the Italian rock band from Arezzo, Tuscany. Formed in 1991 the band was named after the song „Hey Negrita”, included in The Rolling Stones' album Black and Blue and actually consits of Paolo „Pau” Bruni (voice, guitar), Enrico „Drigo” Salvi (guitar), Cesare „Mac” Petricich (guitar),  Giacomo Rossetti (bass), Guglielmo Rudolfo Gagliano (piano, keyboards and violoncello), Cristiano Dalla Pellegrina (drums).
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 16 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Subsonica. The Italian rock band formed in Turin in 1996. Their eponymous debut album was released in 1997. The band gained significant success in 2000 by playing the Sanremo Music Festival. Among others they collaborated with Franco Battiato, whom they honored as master and role model. Their latest studio album, Mentale Strumentale, was released in 2020.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 16 (21.30 h)
Scalinata della Cattedrale – Noto
Niccolò Fabi the Rome born singer-songwriter in concert. See also August 15 of this event calendar.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 17 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Musa e gettaSixteen writers for sixteen unforgettable (but sometimes forgotten) women by Arianna Ninchi and Silvia Siravo (in Italian language).
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ticketone.it

August 17 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Subsonica. The rock band from Turin in concert. See also August 16 of this event calendar.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 18 (5.00!!!)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Alba al Teatro – Sunrise at the Antique Theatre of Taormina. The awakening of the Gods by Marco Savatteri (direction and music).
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ticketone.it

August 19 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Ensemble Accademia Erard with Sandra Pirruccio (flute) Francesco Chirivì (flute) Rosita Tassi (soprano) and Mari Batilashvili (piano) performing musics by Chopin, Rossini, Puccini, Piazzolla, Verdi and Bizet.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ticketone.it

August 19 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – La Traviata e La Boheme recital. Tribute to Giuseppe Di Stefano. The famous arias by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, performed among others by the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. His extensive discography and frequent appearances on the world’s most important opera and concert stages have prompted acclaim as „arguably the best operatic tenor today”.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 20 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera by Pietro Mascagni and Cavalleria Sequel – 12 anni dopo by Mario Menicagli. Pietro Mascagni’s masterpiece is presented here in a colossal production co-produced with the Malta Astra Opera House. A stellar cast, with Sonia Ganassi and Piero Giuliacci in the main roles, will bring to life the most famous drama of jealousy that tells of 19th century Sicily and the troubled love story between Santuzza and Turiddu.
At the head of the Sicilian Opera Chorus and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria the sure baton of Filippo Arlia; direction by Pier Francesco Maestrini
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 20 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Francesco Renga. Renga will be accompanied by Fulvio Arnoldi (acoustic guitar and keyboards), Vincenzo Messina (piano and keyboards) and Stefano Brandoni (guitars). Renga affirms: „We’ve been working on this for a while… and I’ve been dying to tell you! This summer, finally, after more than a year, we will be able to return to „embrace” each other, at least with our eyes, and certainly with music“.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 21 (21.00h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gianna Nannini in concert. Pianoforte e Gianna Nannini – La Differenza. The most famous rock singer in Italy remains faithful to Taormina. When she performs you can be sure that everyone will sing along to her greatest hits. The summer tour will kick off on July 13, 2021 in the most beautiful open-air theaters in Italy and will be an unmissable opportunity to hear Gianna Nannini’s most beloved songs in a new artistic expression.
Info: ticketone.it and giannanannini.com

August 21 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Francesco Renga. On stage with Fulvio Arnoldi (acoustic guitar and keyboards), Vincenzo Messina (piano and keyboards) and Stefano Brandoni (guitars). For more info see also August 20 of this event calendar.
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

August 22 (21.00 h)
Teatro Greco – Tindari
Dance to the movies “La musica danza il cinema”, with the Marvan Dance Group by Mariangela Bonanno and musics by Morricone, Piovani, Bacalov and others, with Alessio Carbone and Emanuela Montanari and the Sinfonietta Concert Band, Valeria Vella (direction)
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ticketone.it

August 22 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mario Biondi in concert. The singer and composer from Catania presents his new album “Dare” (Giving) Giving is an attitude as well as a life choice, Biondi says. It is a combination of his style of the beginning, markedly jazz and soul, to sounds still little explored, including funk, disco, pop, even with rock passages, eclectic and contemporary. The concert is organized by Puntoeacapo and included in the program of Sotto il Vulcano.
Info and tickets: mariobiondi.it  puntoeacapo.uno and ticketone.it

August 22 (21.30 h)
Piazza Cattedrale – Piazza Armerina
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Sounds from the South. Antonella Ruggiero and the Sicilia Opera Choir, conducted by Francesco Costa. The rich program will include some of the most sparkling and immortal songs of the Italian twentieth century: from „Parlami d’amore Mariù” to „Non ti scordar di me”, from „Amapola” to the famous „Mattinata” by R. Leoncavallo.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 24 (21.00 h)
Parco Trevelyan (Public Garden) – Taormina
Orchestra a Plettro Città di Taormina – Plucked String Orchestra of Taormina conducted by Antonino Pellitteri
Info: free entrance, the Green Pass is mandatory!

August 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gigi D’Alessio in concert on his Mani@Voce tour.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Il fantasma dell’Opera (1925) the famous silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, with live musical accompaniment:  Fabio Lannino (guitar and double bass) Diego Spitaleri (piano) Antonino Saladino (cello) and Francesco jr Foresta (marimba and percussions)
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema, Taormina and ctbox.it

August 28 (21.00h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Colapesce and Dimartino in concert. The duo revelation of Sanremo 2021, at the top of the streaming charts and radio „Musica leggerissima” (already certified Platinum Record) will be on tour this summer with a series of concerts and will perform at the Teatro Antico in Taormina. The two Sicilian singer-songwriters will present a show in which they will play live both the songs that make up „I Mortali” and some classics from their solo repertoire. A special date, with a series of guests, which promises to be the real event of the summer tour. At the moment the concert results as already being sold out.
Info: ticketone.it and facebook.com/musicadicolapesce

August 28 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon – Taormina
Le confessioni di una donna (1928) by Amleto Palermi, silent movie with live musical accompaniment performed by Fabio Lannino (guitar and double bass) Diego Spitaleri (piano and keyboards) Vito Giordano (filicorn) and Francesco jr Foresta (percussions)
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

August 29 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra – Nessun dorma – hommage to Dante. At the magical scenery of the Teatro Antico of Taormina will conclude the celebrations for the centenary of the birth of the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2021), Maria Callas’ favorite artistic partner. The International Award Giuseppe Di Stefano will be given to 4 of the most important tenors in the world: Celso Albelo, Piero Giuliacci, Aquiles Machado, Chris Merritt. The evening will open with a tribute to Dante: Sicily sings Dante. It will be performed, in first world execution, the composition „E la bella Trinacria”, written by Marco Frisina on a text of the great poet, taken from the 8th canto of the purgatory.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 30 (21.30h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carl Brave in concert. The italian rapper and record producer rose to fame in 2017 with the album „Polaroid”, as part of the duo Carl Brave x Franco126. His last solo album was „Coraggio” (which is also his real name) relaesed in 2020.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it and boxol.it

August 31 (21.15 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Traviata. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Sicilia and the Coro Lirico Mediterraneo, conducted by Alessandra Pipitone. With among others Maria Fancesca Mazzara (Violetta), Alberto Profeta (Alfredo Germont), Francesco Vultaggio (Giorgio Germont). Directed by Salvo Dolce, choreography by Stefania Cotroneo.
Info and tickets: siciliaclassicgfestival.it and vivaticket.com

SEPTEMBER 2021

September 3 (21.30 h)
Arena Villa Dante – Messina
Enrico Brignano – Un’ora sola vi vorrei (I’d need you one hour only) The Rome born comedian, actor, singer and presenter with his new program. After appearing as a comedian in several variety shows, he had his breakout with the role of Giacinto in the series Un medico in famiglia. Mainly active on stage, he played a number of main roles in TV-series and films. On September 13 Brignano will be at the Teatro Antico di Taormina.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

September 3 (21.30 h)
Teatro Odeon di Taormina
Arias for voice and piano with Francesca Adamo Sollima (soprano) Antonino Pellitteri (piano), performing arias from operas such as La Sonnambula, Norma, Beatrice di Tenda and I Puritani.
And La Norma (1911) by by Gerolamo Lo Savio, silent movie with live musical accompaniment by the Plectrum Orchestra City of Taormina, conducted by Antonino Pellitteri.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 4 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mahmood. The italian singer songwriter, born in Milan to an Egyptian father and an Italian mother from Sardinia, won the Sanremo Music Festival 2019 with the song „Soldi”, and represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, finishing in 2nd place. His first album, “Gioventù bruciata”, debuted at number one on the Italian albums chart. In June 2021, Mahmood released his second album, “Ghettolimpo”. Despite his father’s origins, Mahmood does not speak Arabic but is fluent in Sardinian. He describes his music as Moroccan pop. One of his earliest musical memories is listening to Arabic music with his father, before he left the family. Growing up he also listened to artists like Lucio Battisti, Lucio Dalla and Paolo Conte. He considers himself very much linked to Sardinia’s culture and folklore, which often acts as a source of inspiration for the composition of his songs.
Info and tickets: mahmood.it and ticketone.it

September 4 (21.00 h)
Palazzo Platamone – Catania
Arias for voice and piano with Francesca Adamo Sollima (soprano) Antonino Pellitteri (piano), performing arias from operas by Vincenzo Bellini La Sonnambula, Norma, Beatrice di Tenda and I Puritani. And La Norma (1911) by by Gerolamo Lo Savio, silent movie with live musical accompaniment by the Plectrum Orchestra City of Taormina, conducted by Antonino Pellitteri.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 5 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Ermal Meta, the singer songwriter and composer was born in Albania and his family moved to Bari, when he was 13. As a songwriter Meta wrote numerous songs for known Italian artists and launched his solo career releasing two studio albums Umano (2016) and Vietato morire (2017), which peaked at number one in Italy. In 2018, Meta won the Sanremo Music Festival and went on to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. His music style is described as alternative rock, pop, electropop.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) ctbox.it and ticketone.it

September 6 (21.15 h)
Anfiteatro – Zafferana Etnea
Facce da Covid. Fun guaranteed with the Garibaldi Theatre Foundation of Modica. An evening of lightness and fun not to be missed.
Info and tickets: bolxol.it

September 7 (21.15 h)
Anfiteatro – Zafferana Etnea
Arisa the pop singer on her Ortica Live Tour. Like practically every Italian singer, Arisa came to fame after her participation of the Sanremo Music Festival. In 2009 she won the newcomers section, in 2014 the main competition.
Info and tickets: bolxol.it

September 9 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Talenti per il Cinema Gala evening of the contest “Una ragazza per il Cinema”, which looks for  young female talents for cinema.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 10 (21.30 h)
Villa Bellini – Catania
Norma in jazz. Jazz version of the main masterwork of Vincenzo Bellini. With Paolo Fresu (trumpet) and the Orchestra jazz del Mediterraneo, conducted by Paolo Silvestri
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 11 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
I tre mondi di me by Marco Savatteri. Experimental performance dedicated to the three chapters of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 12 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
In viaggio con la musica…oltre lo spazio Travelling with music…beyond the space. Omage to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on 16 June 1963. She orbited the Earth 48 times, spent almost three days in space, and remains the only woman to have been on a solo space mission. Today Valentina Tereshkova is member of the russiam Duma for the leading party United Russia, which supports the policies of Vladimir Putin.
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

September 13 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Enrico Brignano – Un’ora sola vi vorrei (I’d need you one hour only) The Rome born comedian, actor, singer and presenter with his new program. After appearing as a comedian in several variety shows, he had his breakout with the role of Giacinto in the series Un medico in famiglia. Mainly active on stage, he played a number of main roles in TV-series and films.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

September 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Madame is the stage name of Francesca Calearo, born in Vicenza in 2002. At the age of nineteen the rapper and singer-songwriter has already conquered a double platinum record with „Voce”, three platinum records and five gold records. When her single Sciccherie was shared by Cristiano Ronaldo on his Instagram profile in August 2019, she gained popularity.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

September 15 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Sangiovanni, the new pop star of the Italian music, announces the first live shows of the summer. Only 18 years old, with a boundless love for music, a cascade of platinum and gold certifications and over one hundred and sixty million streams on Spotify that consecrate him as the new pop star of Italian music. Sangiovanni with his messages of inclusivity, love for diversity and self-acceptance, stands out for his lyric writing and uncommon interpretative ability.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

September 19 (8.00 h)
Meeting point at Taormina (will be comunicated along with the reservation)
Excursion with Trekking at Pantalica, Anapo Valley. Organized by Legambiente. Trekking tour of about 17 km of medium level, for people used to walking, with on-site nature guide. The hike will partly run along the old railway line, passing through tunnels, crossing river descents, passing cave tombs along the route and the museum of local crafts. Equipment: own car, clothing siutable to getting wet, no-slip trainers, packed lunch. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and reservations: Anna 338 9833655

September 20 and 21 (21.00h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Zucchero – Inacustico DOC &More. Zucchero will bring on stage his new album, containing all the songs of unreleased songs and a selection of great successes of his repertoire, rearranged in a new acoustic version. With him on stage will be Doug Pettibone and Kat Dyson. Inaucustico is the first entirely aucoustic project of Zucchero’s career.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

September 26 (8.00 h)
Meeting point at Taormina (will be comunicated along with the reservation)
Excursion with Trekking at Mt. Etna – Monte Nero. Organized by Legambiente. Trekking tour with on-site nature guide. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and reservations: Anna 338 9833655

September 27 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina 
Sting. My Songs. It will be Sting’s only summer concert in Italy. The Sicilian stage will also be the first European one of the „My Songs” tour. The show is organized by Musica da Bere and will be able to accommodate, in accordance with the regulations in force, only 1548 spectators.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it, may be already sold out…

OCTOBER 2021

October 2 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Cassandra – Ilio in fiamme Seduta drammatica a sei voci con Melania Giglio, Daniele Salvo, Alfonso Veneroso, Barbara Capucci, Marcella Favilla, Salvo Lupo Daniele Salvo regia
Info: taormina-arte.com, tickets: Casa del Cinema (Taormina) and ctbox.it

October 3 (8.00 h)
Meeting point at Taormina (will be comunicated along with the reservation)
Excursion with Hiking at the Rifugio Colle San Rizzo. Frutteto di forte Jacchidu. Organized by Legambiente. Hiking tour with on-site nature guide. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and contact: Anna 338 9833655

October 3 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Duo Di Meo – Carbonara (violin and piano) The violin between '800 and '900, musics by Beethoven, Tchaikowsky, Sarasate, Ravel and Ysaye. Concert organized by the music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it

October 8 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Duo Ciliberti – Rotolo (clarinet and piano) Colours of the 1900s, musics by Debussy, Gershwin, Rota, Arnold and Templeton. Concert organized by the music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it

October 10 (9.00 h)
Meeting point Anello del Nisi, Fiumedinisi
Hiking tour on walking trail No. 13, Castello Belvedere, Miniera San Carlo. Organized by Legambiente. Hiking tour with on-site nature guide. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and contact: Anna 338 9833655

October 10 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Duo Calosci – Cavalazzi (violin and piano) The three great Brahms sonatas, musics by Brahms. Concert organized by the music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it

October 16 (17.00 h)
Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano – Taormina
Mario Giordano Reading with the bestselling author of the detective stories about Auntie Poldi (Tante Poldi). Mario Giordano, born in Munich in 1963, has sicilian roots and is one of the most versatile German entertainment authors. With his „Tante Poldi” detective stories, he has regularly been on the bestseller lists in Germany and the USA. The author will read the first time from his latest – still unpublished – novel, „Terra di Sicilia – Die Rueckkehr des Patriarchen,” which will be published by Goldmann in spring 2022. The reading will be in German! The novel describes the story of Barnaba Carbonaro, who grows up in an archaic Sicily of the late 19th century, his head full of dreams of wealth and a family dynasty. And indeed, with shrewdness and courage, he rises from a destitute illiterate in Taormina to a dandy in Palermo and finally to a respected citrus merchant in the wholesale market of Munich. A life like an odyssey, full of triumphs and bottomless defeats, driven by an insatiable longing. A great German-Italian family epic: sensual, colorful, imposing. An event with the support of the city of Taormina, the Taormina Hotel Association (AAT) and the Babilonia Language School. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: mariogiordano.de

October 16 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Duo Pisapia – Flotta (4 hands piano) Dancing with four hands, musics by Debussy, Moskowsky and Grieg. Concert organized by the music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it

October 17 (9.00 h)
Meeting point Parco suburbano Madonna Gala, Francavilla di Sicilia
Hiking tour alongside the river of San Paolo until Rocca Badia and the tomb of Fra Cremete. Organized by Legambiente. Hiking tour with on-site nature guide. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and contact: Anna 338 9833655

October 17 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Giuseppe Lo Cicero (piano) Travel around the piano, musics by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. Concert organized by the music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it

October 18 (18.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Taormina Classics 2021 Concert with the Duo Yoon – Quartararo (violoncello and piano) Great chamber music, musics by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Franck. The cellist Yeo-Rhim Yoon (born in South Corea) and the pianist Vittoria Quartararo (born in Sicily) both live in Germany, in Berlin and in Cologne. They came together due to their common love for chamber music and for Sicily. Yeo-Rhim Yoon plays an instrument of 1830, made by the brothers Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano. The two young musicians have both already had noteworthy careers. An event not to be missed. The concert was organized by the Music Association Almoetia Taormina. Free entrance, allowed only with green pass, limited places according to the anti-Covid 19 directives.
Info: almoetia.it  cellomi.com and vittoriaquartararo.com

October 31 (9.00 h)
Meeting point altezza Hotel Aloha D’Oro, S. Caterina Acireale
Hiking tour Timpa di Acireale, walking trail “Chiazzette”. Organized by Legambiente. Hiking tour with on-site nature guide. Activity in accordance with the anti-Covid regulations, limited number of participants, reservation necessary.
Info and contact: Anna 338 9833655

Preview December 2021

December 15 and 16 (21.00 h)
Teatro Metropolitan – Catania
Carmen Consoli in concert on her tour titled Volevo fare il Rock Star (I wanted to be a rock star). The Sicilian singer songwriter with worldwide fame, about whome the New York Times wrote: “Her lyrics are imagistic and multileveled. Singin about the personal, thehistorical or mythic, Ms. Consoli is always vividly impassioned. Her voice can be smokey and sultry, wryly amused or way with rage”
Info and tickets: carmenconsoli.it boxol.it

Last update: October 06, 2021