Georgia to become first country outside Italy to host Festival Verdi opera celebration

The Georgian edition of the Verdi festival will open with a Teatro Regio di Parma production of ‘Un ballo in maschera’. Photo: Teatro Regio di Parma., 05 Jul 2019 - 16:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two Georgian theatre venues will be the destination for the first-ever shows of Italy’s famed Festival Verdi outside the country, as international and local opera stars gear up to shine in the maiden Georgian edition of the annual event in August.


Announced a year ago, the deal between the major festival — hosting tens of thousands of visitors daily in its editions in Parma and Busseto — and the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre will see the celebration of the legendary composer exported from Italy.


In three shows, the occasion will see Georgia become the first non-Italian host of the festival originally founded by the estate of Giuseppe Verdi as part of the exclusive agreement.


A Teatro Regio di Parma production of Un ballo in maschera will open the event at the Tbilisi theatre on August 16, with the Georgian artists of the venue featuring in the roster.

Two Italian towns host the annual Festival Verdi for tens of thousands of daily visitors, making the event a major celebration of the famed composer: