Approaching the Italian Bel Canto tradition is to feel the opera. Italy, recognized as birth place of this form of entertainment, and also the place that for more than three centuries has produced thousands of works, many of which still exist in our current repertoire.

But what does L’Orfeo de Monteverdi have in common with La Bohéme de Puccini? Giulio Cesare de Haendel with Verdi’s Macbeth? Don Giovanni by Mozart with Norma by Bellini? All are, undoubtedly, operas that represent the expression of Italian style and tradition.


in the unanimous opinion of music historians, was born on October 6th, 1600 in Florence, Italy. On that day it was the presentation of Eurídice de Jacopo Peri on verses of the poet Ottavio Rinuccini, under the celebrations in honor of the wedding between Henry IV of France and Maria de Medici. However, Venice is the city where in the forties of the seventeenth century the opera took its first steps, to then continue its development with greatness during the seventeenth (17th), eighteenth (18th) and nineteenth (19th) centuries and the first part of the twentieth (20th) century. The Cartagena Music Festival for its 2021-2022 editions proposes a journey through the Italian bel canto. On the one hand, the presentations of overtures, arias, concerts, etc. offer to the audience a synthetic image of the historical evolution of the genre, choosing some representative masterpieces of a unique time and style; on the other hand, through lessons and conferences, opera is analyzed from a social, historical and cultural perspective, as well as its production mechanisms.


The 15th edition of the Cartagena Music Festival scheduled for 2021 will cover 3 centuries of Italian opera history following a program that will present the following works: L’Orfeo by Monteverdi (1607), The Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi (1643), Giasone by Cavalli (1649), Mithridates Eupator by Scarlatti (1707), Giulio Cesare by Handel (1724), L’Olympiade by Caladara (1733) and from other composers, La buona figliuola or La Cecchina by Piccinni (1760), Alceste by Gluck (1767), Don Giovanni by Mozart (1787), Smiramide by Rossini (1823), Norma by Bellini (1831), Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti (1835), Macbeth by Verdi (1847), Il Trovatore by Verdi (1853), Don Carlo by Verdi (1867) and La Boheme by Puccini (1896). This edition will be a bit less extensive than those presented previously due to the global health crisis, but it can be considered as a preview of the 14th edition. It will take place at the Adolfo Mejía Theater in Cartagena and at the Getsemaní Auditorium (Cartagena de Indias Convention Center) June, 2021. It will have the participation of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sebastiano Rolli and accompanied by Italian and Colombian singers. The 16th edition of the Cartagena Music Festival, scheduled for 2022 (January 7-15), will take place according to the traditional format of the Cartagena Music Festival in collaboration with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and will be dedicated to the music of one of the greatest composers in the history of Italian opera, Rossini.



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The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara offers the perfect combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury. With its blend of colonial and republican architecture with modern comforts, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, personalized service, gourmet cuisine, making it the perfect location inside the beautiful walled city of Cartagena.

It has also been a close partner of the biggest city cultural events. A supporter of the Cartagena Music Festival from its beginning in 2007, it has not only lodged big stars of classical music such as Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among hundred others; but it has also opened the doors to its gorgeous colonial chapel to some of the most exclusive and memorable concerts as the complete Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, artists like the Borodin String Quartet, Julia Hagen, Emmanuel Ceysson, and also the Young Talents concert. It is the venue of the Golden Series Davivienda.



• Hotel Accommodation for 6 days and 5 nights, breakfast included

• Tickets for all the concerts

• Transportation to and from airport and concerts in private cars

• Bilingual Host

• Invitations to Fesitval Events (TBC)

• Donation Receipt (if requested)


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Fundación Salvi - Colombia


Ángela Becerra
Telephone: +57 218 9441


Victor Salvi Foundation – USA
Edward G. Ludwig