Sunday, 3 July 2011


The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual music and arts Festival that takes place within the intimate setting of the medieval town of Cortona, in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany. This lifestyle Festival offers an exciting program that includes not only world class concerts, but a daily program of events that explore fine arts, culinary & wine, wellness, and local culture & history.


Monday 1 August

Martha Argerich
Michael Guttman
Eduardo Hubert
Nestor Marconi
Luis Enriques Bacalov21.00, Teatro Signorelli


Martha Argerich - Piano
Luis Bacalov - Violin/Conductor
Michael Guttman - Violin
Nestor Marconi - Bandoneon
Eduardo Hubert - Conductor

The Paris Camerata

PADULA - Nueve de Julio
BACALOV - Suite Baires 1
MARCONI - Moda Tango
GARDEL - LE PERA - El día que me quieras
VILLOLDO - El Choclo
PIAZZOLLA - Libertango, Oblibion
HUBERT - Martulango
PIAZZOLLA - Melody in A minor
PIAZZOLLA - Suite of themes by Piazzolla arr. for bandoneon
BACALOV - Astoreando
BACALOV - Il postino (suite)
PIAZZOLLA - Tres minutos con la Realidad

In an evening dedicated to Argentina and its most seductive dance, legendary pianist Martha Argerich leads an exceptional night of Tango variations by composers such as Ginastera, Piazzolla and Bacalov. Joined by friends such as Oscar-winning composer for Il Postino, Luis Bacalov, Nestor Marconi and Eduardo Hubert, it is a rare opportunity to hear the acclaimed Martha Argerich as she and the ensemble bring Tango to life in the very heart of Cortona.

€65; €45; €35 Buy Tickets

Tuesday 2 August

Pinchas Zukerman © Paul Labelle

Amanda Forsyth

Andrea Griminelli

Carlo Montaro21.00, Teatro Signorelli

Pinchas Zukerman - Violin
Amanda Forsyth - Cello
Andrea Griminelli - Flute
Carlo Montanaro - Conductor

Orchestra della Toscana

MOZART - Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201
MOZART - Flute Concerto in G major, K.313
TCHAIKOVSKY - Sérénade Mélancolique
SAINT-SAENS - The Muse and the Poet
MENDELSSOHN - Symphony No.4 in A major, op.90 (Italian)

€65; €45; €35
Wednesday 3 August

Pinchas Zukerman © Paul Labelle

Jessica Linnebach © Couvrette-Ottawa

Jethro Marks © Fred Catroll

Amanda Forsyth

Angela Cheng © Lisa Kohler21.00, Teatro Signorelli

Pinchas Zukerman & Zukerman Chamber Players

Pinchas Zukerman - Violin
Jessica Linnebach - Violin
Jethro Marks - Viola
Amanda Forsyth - Cello
Angela Cheng - Piano

MOZART - Duo for Violin & Viola No. 2 in B flat major, K. 424
BRAHMS - Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
SCHUMANN - Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

€65; €45; €35 Buy Tickets

Thursday 4 August

Sharon Stone © Alix Malka

Jeremy Irons

Nina Kotova

Irina Dvorovenko © Gene Schiavone

Maxim Beloserkovsky © Jean Daniesl-Lorieux20.00, Teatro Signorelli

The love story of Chopin and George Sand

Artists to include:

Sharon Stone as George Sand
Jeremy Irons as Frédéric Chopin
Nina Kotova - Cello
Irina Dvorovenko - Dancer
Maxim Beloserkovsky - Dancer

Script by James Melo

Hollywood superstars Sharon Stone and Jeremy Irons narrate a theatrical evening with music called Seduction, Smoke and Music. Chronicling the love story of renowned composer Frédéric Chopin and infamous French writer and feminist Amandine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, known as George Sand, the performance explores the development of their unusual relationship over a decade. Sharon Stone, as the unconventional and controversial cigar smoking George Sand, and Jeremy Irons, as the celebrated pianist and composer, read letters exchanged between the lovers in an evening accompanied and illustrated by the music of Chopin and his contemporaries.

Performed in English, with written translation. Approximately 80 minutes without interval.

Written and conceived by Ensemble for the Romantic Century, (Eve Wolf & Max Barros, Artistic Directors) and Barrett Wissman. Executive Producer: Barrett Wissman and IMG Artists.

€100; €75; €50

Friday 5 August

Greta Scacchi

Michael Guttman

Frank Braley

Werner Van Mechelen

Enrico Fagone21.00, Teatro Signorelli

Greta Scacchi presents: "SCHUBERTIADE"
The life of Schubert told and illustrated

Greta Scacchi - Narrator
Michael Guttman - Violin
Frank Braley - Piano
Werner Van Mechelen - Baritone
Enrico Fagone - Double bass

The Guttman Quartet
Michael Guttman (Violin), Eleonore Darmon (Violin), Anton Martynov (Viola) and Diana Ligeti (Cello)

Piano Quintet in A major «Die Forelle» (The Trout) Op. posth 114, D.667, 1st movt: Allegro vivace
Impromptu Op. 90, D.899
Nachtstück D.672 (Op.36/2)
Erlkönig D.328 (Op.1)
Der Tod und das Mädchen D.531 (Op.7/3)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, «Der Tod und das Mädchen» D.810, 2nd movt: Andante con moto
Piano Quintet in A major «Die Forelle» (The Trout) Op. posth 114, D.667, 3rd movt: Scherzo-Presto
String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D.703/Op. posth «Quartettsatz»
An die Musik Op. 88/4, D.547
Frühlingsglaube Op. 20/2, D.686
Meeres Stille Op.3/2, D.216
Die Forelle Op. 32, D.550
Piano Quintet in A major «Die Forelle» (The Trout) Op. posth 114, D.667, 4th movt: Andantino – Allegretto (Theme and Variations)
Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major Op. 99, D.898, 3rd movt: Scherzo – Presto
Piano Quintet in A major «Die Forelle» (The Trout) Op. posth 114, D.667, 5th movt: Finale. Allegro giusto

A tribute to Franz Schubert, this special concert performance features the composer’s music set in the comfortable salon atmosphere of Schubert’s era. Repertoire will include well-loved pieces such as Death and the Maiden, Impromptu and The Trout as well as poetry from Schubert’s contemporaries.

Performed in English and Italian, with written translation

€90; €65; €45

A collaboration with 'Pietrasanta in Concerto'

Each evening, concerts featuring some of the world's most distinguished artists are performed in the intimate setting of the Romantic-period theatre, Teatro Signorelli.

Saturday 6 August

Leif Ove Andsnes © Felix Broede

Carlo Montaro

Miloš Karadaglić 21.00, Teatro Signorelli

Leif Ove Andsnes - Piano
Miloš Karadaglić - Guitar
Carlo Montanaro - Conductor

Orchestra della Toscana

MOZART - Overture, Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K. 491
SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D.485
ROGRIGO - Concierto de Aranjuez

€65; €45; €35

Sunday 7 August

Danielle de Niese © DECCA-Chris Dunlop

Nina Kotova21.00, Teatro Signorelli

Danielle de Niese - Soprano
Nina Kotova - Cello

I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala
Soloists: Fabrizio Meloni (Clarinet), Gabriele Screpis (Bassoon) and Marco Pierobon (Trumpet)

HANDEL - "Let the Bright Seraphim"
HANDEL - Overture from Tolomeo, HWV 25
BACH - Aria "Schafe können sicher weiden" BWV 208
BACH - Aria "Sich üben im Lieben" BWV 202
BOCCHERINI - Overture in D major, Op. 43, G. 521
BROCHERINI - Cello Concerto No.9 in B-flat major, G. 482
MOZART - Aria of Amital "Quel nocchier che in gran procella" from La Betulia Liberata, K.118 (74c)
ROSSINI - Sonata a Quattro No. 1 in G major
ROSSINI - La Promessa "Ch’io mai vi possa"
DONIZETTI - Fantasia on "Lucia di Lammermoor" for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra
DONIZETTI - Aria of Norina "Quel guardo il cavaliere.. So anche io la virtu magica" from Don Pasquale

€65; €45; €35
All programmes subject to change.

Culinary & Wine
Masters of Wine with James Suckling

This exclusive wine tasting, lecture and superb dinner will be hosted by James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of the Wine Spectator, with some of the region’s top winemakers. It will take place at Michelin-starred restaurant Relais Il Falconiere, which is surrounded by the Baracchi vineyards, a stunning setting that could be a scene from a Tuscan painting.

Tasting to include Syrahs from the following wineries:

Tenimenti Luigi D'Alessandro
Riccardo Baracchi
La Braccesca
Il Castagno Fabrizio Dionisio
Stefano Amerighi

Saturday 30 July
Il Falconiere Relais & Chateaux
Vineyard Excursions
Tours and wine tastings organised in association with the Wine Consortium of Cortona take you to some of the region’s premium wineries, highlighting Cortona’s deeply rooted tradition of wine production, dating back to Etruscan times. The excursions include transport to the vineyard, a tour, explanation about their processes in English and Italian as well as the wine tasting.

Sunday 31 July
Meeting point at Piazza del Mercato

A tour and wine tasting at the Fabrizio Dionisio winery, proud of its vinicultural heritage and production of some of Tuscany’s best Syrah wines.


Tuesday 2 August
Meeting point at Piazza del Mercato

Visit the Stefania Mezzetti winery and experience a tour and wine tasting highlighting the vineyard’s tradition of local wine production.

€20 Buy Tickets

Sunday 7 August
Meeting point at Piazza del Mercato
A tour and wine tasting at Villa Loggio.


Opening Gala Dinner

Sunday 31 July
Il Borro Wine Estate

The Tuscan Sun Festival officially opens with a gala dinner hosted by the Ferragamo family at the Il Borro winery. Since 1999, the Ferragamo family, with the help of enologist Niccolo D’Afflitto, has been working to develop the blend of their best grapes. Il Borro produces three optimum IGT wines: ‘Il Borro’, ‘Pian di Nova’ and ‘Polisena’. For tickets please email

Charity Gala Dinner

Thursday 4 August
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Wine Estate

Following the evening’s performance with Sharon Stone and Jeremy Irons, an exclusive charity dinner in support of the Del Sole Foundation for the Arts and Humanities hosted by wine estate Tenimenti Luigi d’Alessandro.

€400 Tickets link is being updated and for more information contact

Cheese making at La Bucaccia
Experienced cheese maker Romano Magi will lead you through a fascinating gastronomic garden of flavours while teaching how to make your own cheese in a short time. His interactive class will involve making Classic Pecorino, Ricotta and Raviggiolo as well as other fresh cheeses presented exclusively for the Festival.

Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 August
Ristorante La Bucaccia

Cooking with….
The Cooking with… series of cooking demonstrations are a highlight of the Festival. Set outdoors in the grassy monastery courtyard of Sant’Agostino, they are an interactive and entertaining way to learn how to create exquisite Tuscan food. The events finish with the lunch that has just been prepared, accompanied by excellent local wines.

Cooking with Silvia
Wednesday 3 August
Sant'Agostino Courtyard

Silvia Baracchi, chef of Michelin-award winning Il Falconiere, Relais & Chateaux returns to the Festival to give one of her popular cooking demonstrations.

Creamy salt cod and goat cheese with celery soup
Porcini and potato gnocchi with summer truffle
Braised breast of duck with peach and cinnamon


Cooking with Donatella
Friday 5 August
Sant'Agostino Courtyard

Renowned Tuscan chef Donatella Balducci presents and demonstrates the techniques and recipes required to create traditional Tuscan food. Pick up some of the tips and secrets behind the exciting local flavours.

Crostini with fig marmalade and fennel ‘cinta sinese’ (sienese wild pork) salami
‘Farro’ (a Tuscan wheat) soup with porcini mushrooms, from Casentino Cod cooked in ‘zimino’, a typical Tuscan vegetable sauce
San Giuseppe doughnuts


Cooking with Donatella
Saturday 6 August
Sant'Agostino Courtyard

Trasimeno salad with smoked tench fish
Cheese gnocchi with fresh cherry tomatoes
‘Galantina’ stuffed chicken accompanied by fantasy sauces
‘Budino’ bread mousse


Festival Lunch
Lunch in typical Tuscan style at Cortona’s finest restaurants hand-picked by the Festival team, featuring local wines and menus tailored exclusively for Festival guests.

Sunday 31 July
Osteria del Teatro

Hosted by Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes, lunch in typical Tuscan style at one of Cortona’s finest restaurants.


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