We posted a handy guide to the major music festivals on Lake Como this summer. The final schedules for two additional festivals have just been published, so we’d like to share an update this week on the LacMus Festival 2018 and the Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como 2018. There are some great events on offer, from the “Pomeriggi Musicali” afternoon concert series at locations around the lake to a special day of concerts on the Greenway hiking path, there is truly something special for everyone in these two fantastic festivals!

LacMus Festival 2019

LacMus Festival, co-founded in 2017 by French-Canadian pianist and Italian conductor Paolo Bressan, seeks to inspire international musicians with the beauty of Lake Como and give local audiences unforgettable moments. Giving professional musicians – both young talents and great maestros – the opportunity to escape their “daily routine” and come together in the unparalleled Lake Como atmosphere will prompt an exciting exchange of ideas and creativity.

An exhibition will take place at the Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como in Villa Mainona will pay tribute to the Musical Enchantment of Lake Como from 26 June to 31 August, featuring original letters, scores and costumes from such lake Como luminaries as Rossini, Verdi, Bellini, Ricordi and Schnabel.

The festival has invited talented young musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium to take part, a reunion of sorts between the Belgians and the Comaschi – after World War I, Italy gave the Isola Comacina to the Belgians in gratitude for the bravery of the Belgian soldiers who fought alongside Italy (they returned it the following year!).

Some of these events are free, while many others are ticketed. Tickets go on sale next week – so keep an eye on the festival website for more information on securing a seat at these special events. Our staff at the Palazzo would be happy to advise guests on transportation to and from the concerts as well as attractive restaurants nearby to make the most of the summer evening.

Events

26 June 4:30 p.m.
Pre-opening Concert: Music Inspired by Lake Como
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Clarinet, Sax, Cello and Piano
Music from Leybach, Braga, Schnabel, Liszt and others
Free concert

27 June  7 p.m.
Opening Concert: Louis Lortie Piano Recital
Villa del Balbianello
Louis Lortie on Piano
Music from Bach, Mozart and Liszt
Tickets €40

28 June   9:00 p.m.
LacMus Festival Orchestra
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Gary Levinson on Violin and Iakov Zats on Viola
Music from Mozart and Dvorák
Tickets €25

29 June 6:30 p.m.
LacMus Festival Orchestra and Les Vents Français
Isola Comacina
Clarinet, Basson, Oboe, Horn
Music by Mozart and Dvorák
Tickets €40 (+ €5 taxi-boat)

30 June  11 a.m.
Matinée
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Violin and Piano
Music by Beethoven, Donizetti, Puccini and others

30 June   9 p.m.
Les Vents Français and Louis Lortie
Villa Carlotta
Flute, Clarinet, Basson, Oboe, Horn and Piano
Music by Fauré, Poulenc, Brahms and Beethoven
Tickets €40

4 July    7 p.m.
Opera at Villa del Balbianello
Young Artists in Residence at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium
Music by Mozart, Strauss, Offenbach and others
Tickets €40

5 July  5:30 p.m.
Musical Greenway: from Ossuccio to Lenno
Various locations along the Greenway
Music from Caccini, Faurè, Rachmaninoff, Händel and others
Tickets €25

5 July   9:30 p.m.
Nocturnes at Villa Carlotta
The Passion of Romanticism between Chopin, Hayez and Canova
Luigi Carroccia on Piano
Tickets €20

6 July     11 a.m.
Musical Meditations with Christiane Karg
Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso, Ossuccio
Soprano, Violin and Cello
Music from Mendelssohn, Reimann and Schubert
Free concert

6 July   9 p.m.
Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot and Klaus Mertens
Anglican Church of the Ascension, Griante
Organ, Cembalo, Fortepiano and Baritone
Music from Händel, CPE Bach, JS Bach, Mozart and Haydn
Tickets €40

7 July   7:00 p.m.
Great Piano Concertos
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
LacMus quintet with Lorenzo Bovitutti, Luigi Carroccia and Louis Lortie on Piano
Music from Bach, Mozart and Chopin
Tickets €40

Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

The Bellagio Festival was founded in 2011, the 200th birthday of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Since that time, it has hosted more than 200 events at venues across the lake, drawing inspiration from musicians, writers, thinkers and poets who spent some of the most intense moments of the artistic lives on the lake, personalities like Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Stendhal, Flaubert and Manzoni. The events take place in extravagant villas, out-of-the-way locales and surprising open-air venues throughout the provinces of Como and Lecco. The concerts showcase international artists of great renown as well as young talents on the cusp of great careers and the supremely talented Bellagio Festival Orchestra, led by conductor and pianist Alessandro Calcagnile.

Almost all of the events are free to the public. Guests at Palazzo del Vice Re will particularly enjoy the concert on August 2, which is in our local church less that 15 minutes’ walk from the Palazzo. For events further afield, check with Palazzo staff to arrange transportation to and from the venue or to reserve dinner at a traditional lakeside restaurant before the concert.

Pomeriggi Musicali

The “Pomeriggi Musicali”, or afternoon concerts, offer chamber music concerts at lovely locations across the lake, both outdoor venues like Piazza del Duomo in Como or elegant villas like Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio.

21 June, 9 p.m.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

30 June, 5 p.m.
Chiesa della Conversione di S. Paolo, Zelbio

4 July, 9 p.m.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

12 July, 9 p.m.
Chiesa di San Giorgio, Varenna

19 July, 9 p.m.
Piazza del Duomo (outdoors), Como

26 July, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei Santi Epimaco e Gordiano, Blevio

2 August, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giuditta, Lezzeno

Bellagio Festival Orchestra

Bellagio Festival Orchestra will perform highlights of classical music throughout the summer at a variety of charming venues.

22 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Mozart at Basilica di San Nicolò, Lecco

24 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Frescobaldi, Pergolesi and Rossini at Chiesa di San Giovanni, Bellagio

28 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Bach and Corelli on the Piazza Centrale (outdoors), Lipomo

13 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Vivaldi at Chiesa dei Santi Ambrogio e Materno in Civenna

18 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Gerswin, Morricone and others at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Erba

20 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Rossella Spinosa at Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio

25 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Rossini at Villa Lario in Mandello del Lario

28 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi and Corelli at Museo del Ghisallo in Magreglio

31 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa at Teatro Grigna in Civenna

1 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Verdi, Mozart and others at Piazza Cavour in Menaggio (outdoors)

3 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hayden, Saint-Saens and others at Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio

4 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hasse and Pergolesi at Palazzo Belgiojoso in Lecco

6 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa at Auditorium Comunale in Esino Lario

8 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mercadante and Glazunov at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

9 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi at Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Abbadia Lariana

10 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Bach at Teatro Grigna in Civenna

11 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Sibelius at Basilica di San Giacomo in Bellagio

We posted a handy guide to the major music festivals on Lake Como this summer. The final schedules for two additional festivals have just been published, so we’d like to share an update this week on the LacMus Festival 2018 and the Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como 2018. There are some great events on offer, from the “Pomeriggi Musicali” afternoon concert series at locations around the lake to a special day of concerts on the Greenway hiking path, there is truly something special for everyone in these two fantastic festivals!

LacMus Festival 2019

LacMus Festival, co-founded in 2017 by French-Canadian pianist and Italian conductor Paolo Bressan, seeks to inspire international musicians with the beauty of Lake Como and give local audiences unforgettable moments. Giving professional musicians – both young talents and great maestros – the opportunity to escape their “daily routine” and come together in the unparalleled Lake Como atmosphere will prompt an exciting exchange of ideas and creativity.

An exhibition will take place at the Museo del Paesaggio del Lago di Como in Villa Mainona will pay tribute to the Musical Enchantment of Lake Como from 26 June to 31 August, featuring original letters, scores and costumes from such lake Como luminaries as Rossini, Verdi, Bellini, Ricordi and Schnabel.

The festival has invited talented young musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium to take part, a reunion of sorts between the Belgians and the Comaschi – after World War I, Italy gave the Isola Comacina to the Belgians in gratitude for the bravery of the Belgian soldiers who fought alongside Italy (they returned it the following year!).

Some of these events are free, while many others are ticketed. Tickets go on sale next week – so keep an eye on the festival website for more information on securing a seat at these special events. Our staff at the Palazzo would be happy to advise guests on transportation to and from the concerts as well as attractive restaurants nearby to make the most of the summer evening.

Events

26 June 4:30 p.m.
Pre-opening Concert: Music Inspired by Lake Como
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Clarinet, Sax, Cello and Piano
Music from Leybach, Braga, Schnabel, Liszt and others
Free concert

27 June  7 p.m.
Opening Concert: Louis Lortie Piano Recital
Villa del Balbianello
Louis Lortie on Piano
Music from Bach, Mozart and Liszt
Tickets €40

28 June   9:00 p.m.
LacMus Festival Orchestra
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Gary Levinson on Violin and Iakov Zats on Viola
Music from Mozart and Dvorák
Tickets €25

29 June 6:30 p.m.
LacMus Festival Orchestra and Les Vents Français
Isola Comacina
Clarinet, Basson, Oboe, Horn
Music by Mozart and Dvorák
Tickets €40 (+ €5 taxi-boat)

30 June  11 a.m.
Matinée
Auditorium of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale della Tremezzina
Violin and Piano
Music by Beethoven, Donizetti, Puccini and others

30 June   9 p.m.
Les Vents Français and Louis Lortie
Villa Carlotta
Flute, Clarinet, Basson, Oboe, Horn and Piano
Music by Fauré, Poulenc, Brahms and Beethoven
Tickets €40

4 July    7 p.m.
Opera at Villa del Balbianello
Young Artists in Residence at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium
Music by Mozart, Strauss, Offenbach and others
Tickets €40

5 July  5:30 p.m.
Musical Greenway: from Ossuccio to Lenno
Various locations along the Greenway
Music from Caccini, Faurè, Rachmaninoff, Händel and others
Tickets €25

5 July   9:30 p.m.
Nocturnes at Villa Carlotta
The Passion of Romanticism between Chopin, Hayez and Canova
Luigi Carroccia on Piano
Tickets €20

6 July     11 a.m.
Musical Meditations with Christiane Karg
Santuario della Beata Vergine del Soccorso, Ossuccio
Soprano, Violin and Cello
Music from Mendelssohn, Reimann and Schubert
Free concert

6 July   9 p.m.
Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot and Klaus Mertens
Anglican Church of the Ascension, Griante
Organ, Cembalo, Fortepiano and Baritone
Music from Händel, CPE Bach, JS Bach, Mozart and Haydn
Tickets €40

7 July   7:00 p.m.
Great Piano Concertos
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
LacMus quintet with Lorenzo Bovitutti, Luigi Carroccia and Louis Lortie on Piano
Music from Bach, Mozart and Chopin
Tickets €40

Music Festival Lake Como, Italy

Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

The Bellagio Festival was founded in 2011, the 200th birthday of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Since that time, it has hosted more than 200 events at venues across the lake, drawing inspiration from musicians, writers, thinkers and poets who spent some of the most intense moments of the artistic lives on the lake, personalities like Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Stendhal, Flaubert and Manzoni. The events take place in extravagant villas, out-of-the-way locales and surprising open-air venues throughout the provinces of Como and Lecco. The concerts showcase international artists of great renown as well as young talents on the cusp of great careers and the supremely talented Bellagio Festival Orchestra, led by conductor and pianist Alessandro Calcagnile.

Almost all of the events are free to the public. Guests at Palazzo del Vice Re will particularly enjoy the concert on August 2, which is in our local church less that 15 minutes’ walk from the Palazzo. For events further afield, check with Palazzo staff to arrange transportation to and from the venue or to reserve dinner at a traditional lakeside restaurant before the concert.

Music Festival Lake Como, Italy

Pomeriggi Musicali

The “Pomeriggi Musicali”, or afternoon concerts, offer chamber music concerts at lovely locations across the lake, both outdoor venues like Piazza del Duomo in Como or elegant villas like Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio.

21 June, 9 p.m.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

30 June, 5 p.m.
Chiesa della Conversione di S. Paolo, Zelbio

4 July, 9 p.m.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

12 July, 9 p.m.
Chiesa di San Giorgio, Varenna

19 July, 9 p.m.
Piazza del Duomo (outdoors), Como

26 July, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei Santi Epimaco e Gordiano, Blevio

2 August, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giuditta, Lezzeno

Bellagio Festival Orchestra

Bellagio Festival Orchestra will perform highlights of classical music throughout the summer at a variety of charming venues.

22 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Mozart at Basilica di San Nicolò, Lecco

24 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Frescobaldi, Pergolesi and Rossini at Chiesa di San Giovanni, Bellagio

28 June, 9 p.m.
Music from Bach and Corelli on the Piazza Centrale (outdoors), Lipomo

13 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Vivaldi at Chiesa dei Santi Ambrogio e Materno in Civenna

18 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Gerswin, Morricone and others at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Erba

20 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Rossella Spinosa at Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio

25 July, 9 p.m.
Music from Rossini at Villa Lario in Mandello del Lario

28 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi and Corelli at Museo del Ghisallo in Magreglio

31 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa at Teatro Grigna in Civenna

1 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Verdi, Mozart and others at Piazza Cavour in Menaggio (outdoors)

3 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hayden, Saint-Saens and others at Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio

4 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hasse and Pergolesi at Palazzo Belgiojoso in Lecco

6 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa at Auditorium Comunale in Esino Lario

8 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mercadante and Glazunov at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

9 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi at Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Abbadia Lariana

10 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Bach at Teatro Grigna in Civenna

11 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Sibelius at Basilica di San Giacomo in Bellagio