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date: 20 February 2020

Montepulciano locked

  • Arrigo Quattrocchi


Town in central Italy, in the province of Siena (Tuscany). It is the headquarters of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, a music festival started in 1976 by Hans Werner Henze. The initial idea of the Comune’s administration was to found a festival with special characteristics in a small town where there was little musical activity. In the Cantiere, both young and mature artists are invited from all over the world to take part in works of entertainment, actively cooperating at all levels (administrative, executive, creative) with the residents of the town. The word ‘cantiere’ (workshop) refers above all to this interchange between professional guests and citizens. The artistic director from 1976 to 1980 and again in 1989 was Henze; in 1981–8 the post was shared by Jan Latham-König and Gianluigi Gelmetti. Performances take place in July and August in the Teatro Poliziano (built in 1795, cap. 400), in churches and in the open air. In addition to operas rarely performed in Italy, like ...

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