Perugia and the Opera
Perugia is historically linked to the Opera and in its splendid theaters it has always welcomed and hosted the great Masters, just think that Giuseppe Verdi himself, considering the Perugian audience musically cultured, came to test his works in Perugia; he was convinced that if an opera was liked by the public in Perugia, it would certainly have had great success everywhere.
It is no coincidence that Giacomo Puccini himself, often a guest of a refined musicologist and opera enthusiast such as Riccardo Rossi Scnabel, used to frequent the Monte del Lago area and all the Perugia area.
And Herbert Von Karajan himself loved Perugia and honored our beautiful city with three participations in the Umbrian Music Festival. He loved to come to Perugia first of all for the beauty of the city, for the musical competence of the Perugia public and for the perfect acoustics of the Basilica of San Pietro, where the Maestro made some recordings, as he is considered the best acoustics in Europe.
Basilica where the Queen of Opera Maria Callas will perform, directed by the Perugia master Gabriele Santini, who was assistant to Arturo Toscanini. Even the Queen of Opera has appreciated the sound of the Morlacchi Theater.
Perugia is the city that has given birth to great stars of the Opera such as: Antonietta Stella, Mario Petri, Paolo Coni, Anita Cerquetti, Mario Sereni and many others, and it is certainly the ideal location for an opera academy.