In 2019 we held the fifteenth edition of the Trasimeno Music Festival. It was a joyous occasion, and we all planned to see each other again in 2020. Little did we know…

It was heart-breaking to have to cancel the 2020 festival because of the coronavirus pandemic that spread so rapidly throughout the world. As time went on, what was even more difficult to come to terms with was the fact that 2021 might also have to be cancelled.

Not until early June of 2021 did we decide to go ahead with our 16th Trasimeno Music Festival from July 23-26, 2021. That doesn’t give us much time to plan this “mini” edition, but we are thrilled that it’s possible—even under the current social distancing restrictions and with many people around the world unable to travel.

This year we are unable to use the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione and its stunning courtyard, but we have five different venues on offer—all with their own magic. The opening Bach recital in the Oratorio in Perugia will have the intimacy of a private recital, accompanied by glorious Baroque surroundings. The Basilica of San Pietro is one of our favourite places to perform, combining great acoustics in a wondrous setting. San Francesco in Trevi dates from the 14th-15th centuries and you will hear the original organ which was built in 1509 and recently restored.

This year we add two new venues: the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia (with its fine modern-day organ), and the beautiful Teatro Caio Melisso in Spoleto in which you will hear Rossini sung in a theatre which Rossini visited.

We realise that many of you will be unable to travel to Italy for the festival this year, which is why we will be filming the concerts for later viewing. For those of you in Europe who are able to travel, we hope you will attend and support us at this difficult time! All Covid measures will be strictly followed.

In order to keep the standard we have set with previous festivals, we urgently need your support. To make a donation, please visit the Donations page.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Trasimeno family!

Angela Hewitt
Artistic Director