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date: 14 October 2019

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Village in Italy near Grosseto, Tuscany, the site of an opera festival since 1974. The festival, which takes place during July and August, was founded by the designer Adam Pollock on the site of a ruined monastery, Santa Croce; the theatre is an open-air cloister in which performances are given in the late evening by the company Musica nel Chiostro (‘Music in the Cloister’). It was inaugurated by a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, sung by a mixture of Italian and British artists, in which scene changes were accomplished by moving the audience from one part of the building to another. The operas are always given in Italian. Works from the Baroque period (by Handel, Cavalli and Cesti, among others) have predominated; the company has also given J. C. Bach’s Temistocle (1988), Mozart’s La finta semplice, and Zaide with additional text by Italo Calvino (both 1981), Beethoven’s ...

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