Top Events and Festivals in Lake Como 2018

>Top Events and Festivals in Lake Como 2018

Lake Como has a wide range of great events and festivals in store for visitors this summer – and they take place in some of the area’s most beautiful venues. Two major festivals, Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como and LacMus Festival, are still finalizing their final schedule, and we’ll share those details later this month. 

What’s your particular fancy – maybe sipping a glass of bubbly at Villa del Balbianello while listening to live music or jazzing it up at the Villa d’Este? Find out what’s on this season in our handy guide.

Tramonti in Musica – Sunset in Music

In association with Agimus Lombardia, Villa Carlotta is hosting a concert every Friday in May featuring the most beautiful arias of the Italian opera. Tickets are €15 each and include entrance to the villa and the gardens from 1:30 p.m.

The only remaining concert this season is on May 25th at 5 p.m., with the accomplished soprano Ayako Nishiyuki and Ennio Cominetti on piano. The concert will feature such favorites as Capua’s O Sole Mio, Puccini’s Un Bei Dì Vedremo and Bellina’s Casta Diva.

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Tramonti in Musica Sunset in Music

In association with Agimus Lombardia, Villa Carlotta is hosting a concert every Friday in May featuring the most beautiful arias of the Italian opera. Tickets are €15 each and include entrance to the villa and the gardens from 1:30 p.m.

The only remaining concert this season is on May 25th at 5 p.m., with the accomplished soprano Ayako Nishiyuki and Ennio Cominetti on piano. The concert will feature such favorites as Capua’s O Sole Mio, Puccini’s Un Bei Dì Vedremo and Bellina’s Casta Diva.

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Lake Como International
Music Festival

For the 13th year running, the non-profit association Amadeus Arte is hosting the 2018 Lake Como International Music Festival. The Festival runs from February through to September, with events as varied as accordion music to flute and guitar to Chopin’s Nocturnes on piano. Musicians from Italy and abroad play in luxurious settings like Villa Carlotta and Palazzo Volpi. The Tessera Amadeus Arte is available for purchase at €20 via Paypal, bank transfer or the box office. Card holders can attend all of the concerts for free and receive a 20% discount on all Amadeus Arte CD purchases. Individual tickets to each event are €10.

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May 24 – 9 p.m.
Chansons – Les Pralines
(voice and accordion)
Banca Generali, Piazza Alessandro Volta 44, 22100 Como

June 8 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Violeoncello
(Jan Palenicek on cello, Jitka Cechova on piano)
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 15 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Pianoforte
(Florian Koltun & Xin Wang duets on piano)
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 18 – 8:30 p.m.
Sogni Notturni
Bruno Gambarotta, Giorgio Costa on piano
Villa Olmo, Como

July 13 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Flauto
Silvano Dematteis on flute, Roberto Issoglio on piano
Villa Carlotta

July 15 – 4:00 p.m.
Follia Musicale
Du Sconcerto (flute and guitar)
Villa Fogazzaro Roi, Oria di Valsolda, Lake Lugano

July 27 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Pianoforte
Antonio De Cristofano on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Violino
Alban Beikircher on violin, Matteo Andreini on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore della Viola
Silvestro Favero on viola, Valter Favero on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

Lake Como International Music Festival

For the 13th year running, the non-profit association Amadeus Arte is hosting the 2018 Lake Como International Music Festival. The Festival runs from February through to September, with events as varied as accordion music to flute and guitar to Chopin’s Nocturnes on piano. Musicians from Italy and abroad play in luxurious settings like Villa Carlotta and Palazzo Volpi. The Tessera Amadeus Arte is available for purchase at €20 via Paypal, bank transfer or the box office. Card holders can attend all of the concerts for free and receive a 20% discount on all Amadeus Arte CD purchases. Individual tickets to each event are €10.

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May 24 – 9 p.m.
Chansons – Les Pralines
(voice and accordion)
Banca Generali, Piazza Alessandro Volta 44, 22100 Como

June 8 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Violeoncello
(Jan Palenicek on cello, Jitka Cechova on piano)
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 15 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Pianoforte
(Florian Koltun & Xin Wang duets on piano)
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

June 18 – 8:30 p.m.
Sogni Notturni
Bruno Gambarotta, Giorgio Costa on piano
Villa Olmo, Como

July 13 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Flauto
Silvano Dematteis on flute, Roberto Issoglio on piano
Villa Carlotta

July 15 – 4:00 p.m.
Follia Musicale
Du Sconcerto (flute and guitar)
Villa Fogazzaro Roi, Oria di Valsolda, Lake Lugano

July 27 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Pianoforte
Antonio De Cristofano on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore del Violino
Alban Beikircher on violin, Matteo Andreini on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

August 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Il Colore della Viola
Silvestro Favero on viola, Valter Favero on piano
Villa Carlotta, Tremezzina

Sete di Cultura e Peccati di Gola 2018

Italy’s equivalent of the National Trust, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, maintains and cultivates Italy’s cultural heritage, including the incomparable Villa del Balbianello on its picturesque perch near Lenno. As part of its Sete di Cultura e Peccati di Gola series – which translates approximately to A Thirst For Culture And Gluttony, a series of “Aperitivo in Musica” events take place on the terrace of the villa. Along with light bites, cocktails and live music, guests can visit the gardens and the interior of this beloved monument. Access to the event is only by private boat or water taxi from Lido di Lenno.

Tickets cost €40 per person and can be reserved either by phoning +39 034 456110 or emailing. Members of FAI and residents of Tremezzina receive discounted tickets at €35. You can become a member of FAI for €39 for an individual, €60 per couple and €66 for a family of four, which entitles you to complimentary entrance or 50% discounts at more than 1500 cultural sites throughout Italy as well as discounted prices at events. 

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2018 Dates for Aperitivo in Musica

June 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
June 22, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
July 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Sete di Cultura e Peccati di Gola 2018

Italy’s equivalent of the National Trust, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, maintains and cultivates Italy’s cultural heritage, including the incomparable Villa del Balbianello on its picturesque perch near Lenno. As part of its Sete di Cultura e Peccati di Gola series – which translates approximately to A Thirst For Culture And Gluttony, a series of “Aperitivo in Musica” events take place on the terrace of the villa. Along with light bites, cocktails and live music, guests can visit the gardens and the interior of this beloved monument. Access to the event is only by private boat or water taxi from Lido di Lenno.

Tickets cost €40 per person and can be reserved either by phoning +39 034 456110 or emailing. Members of FAI and residents of Tremezzina receive discounted tickets at €35. You can become a member of FAI for €39 for an individual, €60 per couple and €66 for a family of four, which entitles you to complimentary entrance or 50% discounts at more than 1500 cultural sites throughout Italy as well as discounted prices at events. 

VISIT WEBSITE

2018 Dates for Aperitivo in Musica

June 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
June 22, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
July 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Arte & Musica sul Lario 2018

The nonprofit association Circolo Bellini has been promoting cultural and artistic events since 1981, including the Arte & Musica sul Lario festival. The lyrical and instrumental concerts with important Italian and international performers take place at prestigious venues across the lake like the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. This year’s festival started in April with an inaugural concert at Como’s Teatro Sociale and ends in February 2019.

Membership in the Circolo Bellini is €90 per person or €170 per couple and entitles members to free attendance at all of the concerts.

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May 17, 24, 30 – 9:00 p.m.
Conference/Concert Virgilio Ranzato
The King of Operetta
Salone Parrocchiale, Moltrasio

May 30 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del Pianista Giuseppe Albanese
with music from Debussy, Gershwin and Ravel
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

June 13 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del Baritono
Federico Longhi, Aldo Tarchetti on piano, with music from Bellini, Debussy, Tosti, Puccini and Verdi
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

June 27 – 9:30 p.m.
Concerto Jazz
with Antonio Faraò on piano
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

August 29 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del violinista
Daniel Lozakovish and Alexander Romanovsky on piano with music from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

October 30 – 9:00 p.m.
Australian String Quartet
with music from Mozart, Vine and Mendelsohn Bartholdy
Teatro Sociale, Sala Bianca, Como

February 8, 2019 – 8:30 p.m.
Recital del Tenore Francesco Meli
with music from Bellini, Verdi, Donizetti and Rossini
Cinema Teatro, Chiasso

Arte & Musica sul Lario 2018

The nonprofit association Circolo Bellini has been promoting cultural and artistic events since 1981, including the Arte & Musica sul Lario festival. The lyrical and instrumental concerts with important Italian and international performers take place at prestigious venues across the lake like the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. This year’s festival started in April with an inaugural concert at Como’s Teatro Sociale and ends in February 2019.

Membership in the Circolo Bellini is €90 per person or €170 per couple and entitles members to free attendance at all of the concerts.

View Program

May 17, 24, 30 – 9:00 p.m.
Conference/Concert Virgilio Ranzato
The King of Operetta
Salone Parrocchiale, Moltrasio

May 30 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del Pianista Giuseppe Albanese
with music from Debussy, Gershwin and Ravel
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

June 13 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del Baritono
Federico Longhi, Aldo Tarchetti on piano, with music from Bellini, Debussy, Tosti, Puccini and Verdi
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

June 27 – 9:30 p.m.
Concerto Jazz
with Antonio Faraò on piano
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

August 29 – 9:30 p.m.
Recital del violinista
Daniel Lozakovish and Alexander Romanovsky on piano with music from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Sala Regina, Cernobbio

October 30 – 9:00 p.m.
Australian String Quartet
with music from Mozart, Vine and Mendelsohn Bartholdy
Teatro Sociale, Sala Bianca, Como

February 8, 2019 – 8:30 p.m.
Recital del Tenore Francesco Meli
with music from Bellini, Verdi, Donizetti and Rossini
Cinema Teatro, Chiasso

Festival Como Città della Musica

Lake Como has been a vacation spot and a restful retreat for artists and musicians for centuries – Bellini, Stendhal, Liszt and Wordsworth to name just a few. This festival crowns Como as a “city of music” for the summer season, with a wide variety of genres – from opera to pop, electronica to symphony – and a wide variety of venues – from the indoor and outdoor theaters of the Teatro Sociale in Como to lakeside villas, airplane hangars and monuments. This year’s festival is entitled Per Amor di Donna and is dedicated to the love of women, not least in the main production of Verdi’s Othello at the Teatro Sociale. This production is the fifth year of the so-called 200.com project, which seeks to enlist “citizen” chorists for their opera productions. The auditions and rehearsals are competitive and exciting, resulting in over 300 people from amateurs to professionals participating in the summer production. Many of the events are free, tickets for ticketed events are available at www.teatrosocialecomo.it.

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June 28, 30 & July 3 –  9:30 p.m.
Othello, opera by Giuseppe Verdi 
Tickets range from €25 – €32
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

June 29 – 7:15 p.m.
Donne per la Musica,
female choirs singing music from Hildegard von Bingen, Schubert and Rachmaninov as well as Gregorian chants
Free concert
Broletto (collonnades of the town hall adjacent to the cathedral)

June 30 – 11 a.m. departure from Piazza Cavour, return at 5 p.m.
Bellini Innamorata,
homage to Vincenzo Bellini and Giuditta Pasta with music
Tickets: €60 including boat trip, music and lunch at Momi in Blevio.
Various locations along the lake, including Moltrasio and Blevio

July 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Mediterranea
ballet with music by Mozart, Ligeti, da Palestrina and traditional
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

July 8 – 5:15 a.m.
Alba di Donne (Dawn of Women)
Breakfast Concert, Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Maria Perrotta on piano and acrobatic performance by Antonella Lippolis
Free concert
Villa del Grumello

July 1 – 5:00 p.m.
Carmensita
Chanson Gitane, opera for kids with snacks
Free concert
Parco Chiesetta di Quarcino, Sagnino

July 4 – 8 p.m.
A suon di danza
accordion music and dance at sunset
Free concert
Monumento Ai Caduti, WWI monument on the lake

July 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Diamoci dell earie.
Le dame della lirica, winners of the 69th annual competition for young lyrical singers accompanied by Giorgio Martano on piano with music from Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi.
Free concert
Cortile Petazzi, Via Volta 68

July 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Vinicio Capossela nell’Orcaestra
The inimitable chanson singer with the Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini
Tickets €32-40 or €100 for experience pack including dinner and seats up front.
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

July 10 – 6:15 p.m.
Hovering. La femminilità acqua, live music and dance
Free Concert
Villa Flori, Via Cernobbio 12, 22100 Como

July 11 – 10 p.m.
Jazzin’ around the Baroque
Jazz quartet with experimental versions of music by Purcell, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Haendel and Mozart
Hanger Aeroclub, Viale Massenzio Masi 44, 22100 Como

July 13 – 7 p.m.
Music with a View
concert by 100Cellos ensemble
Rooftop Terrace, Hilton Lake Como Hotel

July 14 – 12:00 p.m. Meet at Piazza Cavour, return around 6 p.m.
In questo stato son, donna, per voi
Boat trip and admission to Villa Carlotta, lunch at the Villa’s Cafeteria Antica Serra, concert with Lieder from Brahms and Liszt, both of whom lived on Lake Como.
Tickets: €70
Villa Carlotta

July 14 – 9:30 p.m.
100Cellos
with Giovanni Sollima and Enrico Melozzi, a journey between classic and rock
Tickets €25
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor) 

July 15 – 9:30 p.m.
Francesco De Gregori Tour
the famous pop star known as the Prince of Italian singer-songwriters performs with a five-piece band as part of his world tour
Tickets: €36-55, VIP pack €140
Arena Teatro Sociale di Como (outdoor) 

Festival Como Città della Musica

Lake Como has been a vacation spot and a restful retreat for artists and musicians for centuries – Bellini, Stendhal, Liszt and Wordsworth to name just a few. This festival crowns Como as a “city of music” for the summer season, with a wide variety of genres – from opera to pop, electronica to symphony – and a wide variety of venues – from the indoor and outdoor theaters of the Teatro Sociale in Como to lakeside villas, airplane hangars and monuments. This year’s festival is entitled Per Amor di Donna and is dedicated to the love of women, not least in the main production of Verdi’s Othello at the Teatro Sociale. This production is the fifth year of the so-called 200.com project, which seeks to enlist “citizen” chorists for their opera productions. The auditions and rehearsals are competitive and exciting, resulting in over 300 people from amateurs to professionals participating in the summer production. Many of the events are free, tickets for ticketed events are available at www.teatrosocialecomo.it.

View Website

June 28, 30 & July 3 –  9:30 p.m.
Othello, opera by Giuseppe Verdi 
Tickets range from €25 – €32
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

June 29 – 7:15 p.m.
Donne per la Musica,
female choirs singing music from Hildegard von Bingen, Schubert and Rachmaninov as well as Gregorian chants
Free concert
Broletto (collonnades of the town hall adjacent to the cathedral)

June 30 – 11 a.m. departure from Piazza Cavour, return at 5 p.m.
Bellini Innamorata,
homage to Vincenzo Bellini and Giuditta Pasta with music
Tickets: €60 including boat trip, music and lunch at Momi in Blevio.
Various locations along the lake, including Moltrasio and Blevio

July 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Mediterranea
ballet with music by Mozart, Ligeti, da Palestrina and traditional
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

July 8 – 5:15 a.m.
Alba di Donne (Dawn of Women)
Breakfast Concert, Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Maria Perrotta on piano and acrobatic performance by Antonella Lippolis
Free concert
Villa del Grumello

July 1 – 5:00 p.m.
Carmensita
Chanson Gitane, opera for kids with snacks
Free concert
Parco Chiesetta di Quarcino, Sagnino

July 4 – 8 p.m.
A suon di danza
accordion music and dance at sunset
Free concert
Monumento Ai Caduti, WWI monument on the lake

July 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Diamoci dell earie.
Le dame della lirica, winners of the 69th annual competition for young lyrical singers accompanied by Giorgio Martano on piano with music from Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi.
Free concert
Cortile Petazzi, Via Volta 68

July 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Vinicio Capossela nell’Orcaestra
The inimitable chanson singer with the Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Toscanini
Tickets €32-40 or €100 for experience pack including dinner and seats up front.
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor)

July 10 – 6:15 p.m.
Hovering. La femminilità acqua, live music and dance
Free Concert
Villa Flori, Via Cernobbio 12, 22100 Como

July 11 – 10 p.m.
Jazzin’ around the Baroque
Jazz quartet with experimental versions of music by Purcell, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Haendel and Mozart
Hanger Aeroclub, Viale Massenzio Masi 44, 22100 Como

July 13 – 7 p.m.
Music with a View
concert by 100Cellos ensemble
Rooftop Terrace, Hilton Lake Como Hotel

July 14 – 12:00 p.m. Meet at Piazza Cavour, return around 6 p.m.
In questo stato son, donna, per voi
Boat trip and admission to Villa Carlotta, lunch at the Villa’s Cafeteria Antica Serra, concert with Lieder from Brahms and Liszt, both of whom lived on Lake Como.
Tickets: €70
Villa Carlotta

July 14 – 9:30 p.m.
100Cellos
with Giovanni Sollima and Enrico Melozzi, a journey between classic and rock
Tickets €25
Arena Teatro Sociale (outdoor) 

July 15 – 9:30 p.m.
Francesco De Gregori Tour
the famous pop star known as the Prince of Italian singer-songwriters performs with a five-piece band as part of his world tour
Tickets: €36-55, VIP pack €140
Arena Teatro Sociale di Como (outdoor) 

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