Sirmione, the city of Maria Callas: music, theater, photography, art, a prestigious calendar of cultural events conceived and organised from the Municipality of Sirmione that will intertwine music, art, photography and theater in a 3-year period.

Sirmione will express all its essence through unique moments: great international exhibitions, concerts and theater, alternately to meetings with great personalities from the world of culture.

A unique project, nourished by the power of change expressed from the voice and personality of Maria Callas and oriented towards two main directions:

  • the enhancement of young artists following success exactly as it was for Maria when in 1947 she arrived in Naples, having as a sole baggage her extraordinary talent;
  • the orientation towards innovation, also in artistic and cultural language and the research of beauty, essential resources to overcome every historical moment of crisis.

For its landscape, historical and artistic vocation Sirmione is the ideal stage, probably the sole, to represent a such ambitious project and to give voice to a likewise intense message.

“In this moment we like to imagine Sirmione as a thousand-colors palette – comments Mauro Carrozza, Culture alderman  – enhanced by the light spread by the name and work of Maria Callas, who spent here fabulous years, giving and receiving back moments of great serenity.”

The whole territory of Sirmione will be the protagonist of the project “Sirmione Callas 21-23”, from Grotte di Catullo to Punta Grò, passing through Colombare and Lugana up to Rovizza, stopping by wine-cellars surrounded by wonderful vineyards.

An itinerary that will involve all the community and at the same time will take advantage of prestigious collaborations: the international photo agency Magnum Photos, the regional direction of Musei Lombardia, Vittoriale degli Italiani and Scala di Milano, Arena di Verona and Teatro Grande di Brescia.

We cannot forget many partners that enthusiastically adhere to the initiative: Regione Lombardia, Provincia di Brescia, Comunità del Garda, Consorzio Lago di Garda Lombardia and Garda Musei are the prestigious supporting institutions. In addition, we would like to mention Intred, Marmi Ghirardi, Elnòs Shopping and Bossoni Volvo as official sponsors.

Sirmione Callas 21·23
La Divina Emozione
All the events of 2022

April – July 2022
Palazzo Callas Exhibitions
The photography exhibition realized with the photos of Premio Sirmione per la Fotografia, edition 2021

Thursday 9th June 2022, Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, Viale Gennari n. 5

Sirmione Callas 21 – 23
La Divina Emozione
Comunicato stampa di presentazione

Le immagini della conferenza stampa


Friday 24th June 2022, Grotte di Catullo. Prato delle Noci
Tre donne per Maria
Una voce e quattro mani

Opening concert for the Celebrations of 100 years from the birth of Maria Callas
Elisa Balbo, Soprano
Mirca Rosciani and Sabina Concari, piano
Presenting Fabio Larovere

Tuesday 23rd August 2022 9pm, Villa Callas, via Catullo
Vi racconto Maria
Concert with Soprano and piano in conversation with Michele Nocera
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Tuesday 30th August 2022 9pm, Punta Grò [rescheduled due to bad weather]
Wednesday 21st September 2022 9pm, Spiaggia delle Muse
Maria e il Cinema
Tribute to Pasolini, Fellini and Visconti
Flute, violin, cello, harp, piano and voice
A tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini in the centenary of his birth
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Tuesday 6th September 2022 9pm, Spiaggia delle Muse
L’Italia di Sanremo
Songs and Italian icons between the Fifties and the Sixties
Voice, lyric poetry, violin, cello, harp, piano and rock voice
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Tuesday 13th September 2022 9pm, Cascina Cà Lojera, via 1866, 19, Località Rovizza
Tace il Labbro: il repertorio proibito
Galà dell’Operetta
Instrumental quintet, Soprano, Tenor e comedian
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Tuesday 20th September 2022 9pm, Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, Viale Gennari n. 5
C’era una volta in America
American music between the Twenties and the Forties
Voice, lyric poetry, violin, cello, harp, piano and rock voice

Friday 23rd September 2022 9pm, Spiaggia delle Muse
Un palco per le giovani voci
Final concert with the winners of Premio Callas
International Lyric Contest Mario Orlandoni, Como

Orchestra Virgilio Ranzato and three young singers
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Sunday 3rd July – Sunday 6th November 2022
Viale Gennari and via Punta Staffalo

Sensorial itineraries
Two luminous immersive installations in addition to musical content

Sunday 3rd July – Sunday 6th November 2022

Callas, Arie On Air
The greatest arias interpreted by Maria Callas in 10 stages, from Casa del Pescatore to Punta Grò to San Pietro in Mavino

Saturday 23rd July – Sunday 6th November 2022
Palazzo Callas Exhibitions

La voce delle mani
Maria Callas and the Italians
Photos by Cristina de Middel and Richard Kalvar, Magnum Photos International

Saturday 9th July – Sunday 6th November 2022
Punta Grò

La Mostra con il Panorama più bello del Mondo
Photography project

23rd figure theatre show

4-5-6th July 2022 6:30pm, Lungolago di Lugana
Three days of puppets, shows, music, workshops, street food
With the premiere presentation of the original play
“Maria sono io. Tribute to Maria Callas”
encore performance Thursday 28th July 2022 9pm, Parco Callas, Sirmione

The show goes on with four more plays from 1st until 29th August.

Workshop of puppet making for children
Monday 8th August 2022 6:30pm, Centro Sportivo di Lugana, via Leonardo da Vinci
Monday 22nd August 2022 6:30 pm, Cascina Corte Anna, via Vigneto, 10

Complete Programme


Friday 2nd September 2022 6:30pm, Lungolago Diaz
Massimo Tedeschi presenting his book
Brescia adagio. Capitale industriale, capitale della cultura
The presentation will take place around the peninsula aboard an electrical motorboat by Bertoldi Boats

Friday 9th September 2022 6pm, Hotel Olivi Spa & Natural Wellness
Tim Parks presenting his book
The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna
After the presentation the author will have an aperitif with his audience

Friday 16th September 2022 8:45pm, Spiaggia delle Muse
Maurizio Crosetti presenting his book
Imperfetti: I miti controversi dello sport
After the presentation the author will have an aperitif with his audience

Other events are under definition.

In addition, do not miss:

March – October 2022
Sirmione Award for Photography 13th Edition
5 photography contests, 12 months of engaging challenges for photography enthusiasts and experts, tourists and all the lake Garda lovers

From Saturday 2nd to Sunday 31st July 2022
Garda Lake Music Festival
The tenth edition of the festival returns to Sirmione and combines musical quality and beauty of the places where it takes place

SUNDAY 10th JULY 9:30pm
Sirmione: Cascina Maddalena, via Maddalena, 17
Book presentation “In Cima alla Scala”
Guests: Danilo Rossi, author
Oreste Bossini, musical critic and journalist of RAI Radio 3
Free entrance

WEDNESDAY 13th JULY 9:30pm
Sirmione: Sant’Orsola Church in Rovizza
Show of Young Talents of Master Class 2022
Viola Class
Free entrance

THURSDAY 14th JULY 9:30pm
Sirmione: Spiaggia delle Muse
Special Concert Students/Teachers of Master Class 2022
Alessandro Milani, violin
Danilo Rossi, viola
Asier Polo, cello
Mario Montore, piano

and their students
Music by Schumann, Mendelssohn

Free entrance

FRIDAY 15th JULY 9:30pm
Sirmione: Spiaggia delle Muse
Gypsy music tradition melting with classical repertoire
Free entrance

SATURDAY 30th JULY 9:00pm
Sirmione: San Pietro in Mavino Church
Final concert of Garda Lake Music Festival
Enrico Dindo, cello
Maria Semeraro, piano
Free entrance

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