Since the 19th century the greatest Italian opera composers used to spend some time in Montecatini Terme to have a rest and to get inspiration for their music, which has contributed to make this spa town well known all over the world.
The Festival presents the great tradition of the opera , offering the new generations,who are tomorrow’s audiences , the opportunity to know a really important part of Montecatini’s history . Montecatini Opera Festival , totally dedicated to opera lovers, is realized by the Parnaso cultural association with the support of the town council and the spa facilities.
It started in 1999 and has gradually grown in number and importance of the events, nowadays attracting people from different parts of the world.The list of famous international artists who have come and even returned is quite long. At present the Festival is well merged with the town itself and its inhabitants and it is recognized one of the great musical festivals taking place in Italy ,especially during the Summer
Since 2005 the Festival has had its own orchestra which cooperates with well-known artists. This orchestra is formed by musicians already playing in important Italian orchestras or musicians teaching in conservatories or academies of music. The orchestra offers different ensembles. Its repertoire is really large: from baroque music to classicism.
Although this Festival is principally devoted to classical music and opera fans. Its main purpose is to highlight not only the towns musical tradition, specially the great operas, but also the excelle
nt wine-gastronomic products, focusing on the close relationship between musical culture and the culture of slow food.