21 July – 6 August, 2023


Portaits of Women in Music

"The 2023 edition of the Lerici Music Festival represents a very special opportunity for me. The anniversary of Maria Callas' birth, gave me the fundamental note to create a program entirely dedicated to women in music. "Protagonists" will, therefore, be great performers, composers, icons of theater, literature and film. And, of course, there will be no shortage of homage to Callas, with an extraordinary Tosca in concert form entrusted to the voices of Carmen Giannattasio, Joseph Calleja and Sir Bryn Terfel (a long-awaited return to Lerici after last year's success).

It will, in short, be a festival full of surprises, and from the varied artistic offerings. On the bill are evenings devoted to opera, symphony concerts, chamber concerts, jazz, crossover and musical theater performances to enrich the magical setting of the Gulf of Poets. Two weeks of great music in which Lerici will host young talent and big international stars in residence. This confirms the growth of a festival that is becoming an important reality in the Italian and international music scene."

Maestro Gianluca Marcianò, Artistic Director



Letters from Clara

Theatrical performance with music by Clara Schumann

Costanza Principe, piano
Sandra Ceccarelli, narrator

July 21 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola

Romantic Heroines

Piano Recital

Giuseppe Bruno, piano

July 22 – 9:15 p.m.
Piazza Santa Croce, località La Serra



Conversation on the violin as icon

Florian Leonhard, luthier

Strings of the “G. Puccini” Conservatory of La Spezia

Eleonora Podestà, violin
Camilla Vaccarini,
Carlo Solinas,

July 23 – 9:15 pm
Piazza Santa Croce, località La Serra

Work Song

Cristina Zavalloni, voice
Lorenzo Cimino, trumpet
Guglielmo Pagnozzi, sax
Bebo Ferra, guitar
Furio Di Castri, double bass
Alessandro Fabbri, drums

A Production of the La Spezia International Jazz Festival

July 24 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo



The Thinking Musician

Final Concert of the Course
A journey of musical discovery including Mendelssohn Octet in E Flat Major.

July 25 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola

Clara & Fanny

Fanny Mendelssohn
Piano Trio in D minor, op. 11
Clara Schumann
Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17

Elly Suh, violin
Adrian Brendel, cello
Petr Limonov, piano

July 26 – 9:15 p.m.
Sala Consiliare of the Comune di Lerici



Miriam Prandi plays Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite n. 5 in C minor for cello solo, BWV 1011
Suite no. 4 in E-flat major for cello solo, BWV 1010

Miriam Prandi, cello

July 27 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola

Four Artists for Ludwig

Ludwig van Beethoven
Triple concerto in C major for piano, violin and cello, op.56
Pyotr Il’ič Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64

Costanza Principe, piano
Clarissa Bevilacqua, violin
Miriam Prandi, cello
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini
Glass Marcano, director

July 28 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo



Innovative Talents

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major K 622

Andrea Marras
Novecento Fantasia Tango in three movements

Dmitrij Šostakóvič
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, op. 102

Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Theodosia Ntokou, piano
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini
Jacopo Brusa, conductor

July 29 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo

Do you like Brahms?

Johannes Brahms
Quartet no. 3 for piano, violin, viola and cello in C minor, op. 60
Quintet in F minor for piano and strings, op. 34

Elly Suh, violin
Mathilde Milwidsky, violin
Francesca Senatore, viola
Adrian Brendel, cello
Petr Limonov, piano

July 30 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola



The Opera World

Presented by Hugh Canning
Opera Stories and Arias

Carmen Giannattasio, soprano
Joseph Calleja, tenor
Sir Bryn Terfel, baritone

Singing students of the “G. Puccini” Conservatory of La Spezia
Claudia Belluomini, soprano
Michelangelo Ferri, baritone
Zhao Zhihe, piano

July 31 – 9:15 p.m.
Sala Consiliare of the Comune di Lerici

Opera Box"

Melinda Hughes, soprano
Jeremy Limb,
Surprise guests

August 1 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola




Johannes Brahms
Double Concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra, op. 102
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 7 in A major, op. 92
Elly Suh, violin
Miriam Prandi, cello

ORT-Orchestra della Toscana
Arseni Shkaptsov, director

August 2 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo

Tosca - Giacomo Puccini

Selection of arias and duets

In memory of Katya Tsukanova

Carmen Giannattasio, soprano
Joseph Calleja, tenor
Sir Bryn Terfel, baritone
ORT-Orchestra della Toscana
Gianluca Marcianò, director

Aug. 3 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo



Fanny & Emilie

Emilie Mayer
String Quartet no. 1 in G minor, op. 14
Fanny Mendelssohn
String Quartet n. 1 in E-flat major, op. 12

Elly Suh, violin
Matilde Milwidsky,
Francesca Senatore,
Miriam Prandi,

August 4 – 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola

Milva & Astor

A Tribute to Milva with the music of Astor Piazzolla

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon
Nadezhda Nesterova,
Gianluca Marcianò,

Aug. 5 – 9:15 p.m.
Council Chamber of the Municipality of Lerici



ICONS OF CINEMA - film music

Carly Paoli, soprano
Elly Suh
, violin
Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi
, bandoneon
Gianluca Marcianò
, pianist and conductor
Pietrod…Archi Ensemble
Special guests
Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar

Aug. 6 – 9:15 p.m.
Rotonda Vassallo