As many will know, summer is festival season in Italy. Le Marche is no different, with medieval pageantry and food celebrations smothering the calendar from June to September. Music is also well-represented, so for those Montelago adherents that are looking to pepper their trip to Le Marche with a smorgasbord of musical styles, here are some of the more prominent that are happening nearby at more or less the same time.
Musicamdo Jazz - while it started back in June, there are still 3 concerts left on the calendar on Sunday 15th July (Camerino), Monday 23rd July (Macerata), and Friday 27th July (Corridonia). For more info see www.musicamdo.it/2012.
San Severino Blues - now in its 21st year, the 2012 edition features 8 concerts (5 of which are free) in 5 towns from July 13th - August 24th. Appearing this year are guitar wizard Eric Johnson (22nd July) and the Royal Southern Brotherhood Band (28th July) featuring Devon Allman (of that family, yes) and Cyril Neville (of that other family, also yes). For more info see www.sanseverinoblues.com.
Macerata Opera Festival - held in Macerata's magnificent Sferisterio arena with one of Europe's largest outdoor stages, this is one of Le Marche's - and even Italy's - leading opera festivals. Running from July 20th - August 12th, this year's edition features La Traviata (Verdi), La Bohéme (Puccini), and Carmen (Bizet). For more info see www.sferisterio.it.
Rossini Opera Festival - held annually in Pesaro, Rossini's birthplace, this year's edition runs from 10-23 August, featuring three of the composer's works. For more info see www.rossinioperafestival.it.