Art Show by Isabella Ducrot Opens at Villa San Michele April 6,2023
Villa San Michele inaugurates the cultural season 2023 Thursday April 6 at 6 pm, with an exhibition of the internationally acclaimed Italian artist Isabella Ducrot in the garden pavilion Olivetum. Her series of 12 works called Bella Terra, will be shown until May 14.
The exhibition shows the gradual development of Villa San Michele into a dynamic contemporary cultural institution.
Capri Revisited. Peter Sternäng shows his paintings at Villa San Michele from May 21 to June 3, 2023
Starting May 21, the Swedish painter Peter Sternäng will exhibit a choice of aquarelles, woodcuts and iPad-paintings at Villa San Michele in an exhibition called Capri Revisited.
Swedish Film Goes Capri 21/24 June 2023 at 8:00pm
Swedish Film Festival in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Italy. Below you find the full program. Read more under the heading Cultural Events/News. Welcome!
June 21, 8 pm The Girl From Tomorrow, Premio Visionarie Swedish Film Goes Capri (Italy 2023)
Primadonna, the film directed by Marta Savina, is set in Sicily during the 1960s and tells the story of Lia (Claudia Gusmano), a 21-year-old girl. Lia is a very beautiful woman, determined, and reserved. Lorenzo Musicò (Dairo Aita), the son of the town's boss, is immediately captivated by the girl's proud and elusive gaze. However, Lia rejects his advances, provoking the young man's anger, and he decides to forcefully take what has been denied to him. When a reparatory marriage is proposed to Lia, she refuses the wedding and decides to take both Lorenzo and his accomplices to court.
Primadonna was awarded the Premio Visionaire 2023, a price established in 2018 in collaboration with Villa San Michele for a young Italian female film maker.
June 22, 8 pm Swedish Film Goes Capri THE EMIGRANTS (Utvandrarna, Sweden 2021) Italian premiere
The story of Kristina Nilsson, a mother who leaves a poverty-stricken Sweden with her family in the 1850s and sets out on a long, dangerous journey, hoping to find a better life for herself and her children in America. Based on one of Swedish litterature's most loved classics Utvandrarna (1949), by Vilhelm Moberg. Featuring Lisa Carlehed and Gustaf Skarsgård as Kristina and Karl Oskar. Director Erik Poppe
The novel was first turned into a movie in 1971 by Jan Troell, with Liv Ullman as Kristina and Max von Sydow as Karl Oskar. The new film flips the perspective and tells the dramatic story of an emigrating family from the point of view of the woman, Kristina.
June 23, 8 pm Swedish Film Goes Capri THE CAIRO CONSPIRACY (Boy From Heaven, Sweden 2022)
The Cairo Conspiracy is a political thriller with a vertiginous, unexpected sequence of events. Adam, the son of a fisherman, is granted a scholarship at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo. When Sheikh Al-Azhar, the highest authority in sunni Islam suddenly dies, a power struggle starts; who will become the next Grand Imam? At the Secret Police, investigator Ibrahim has been ordered to make sure it will be the one the president wants. When his informant inside Al-Azhar gets brutally murdered, Ibrahim needs a replacement, someone without connections or contacts. Adam fits the part perfectly. Featuring Tawfeek Barom and Fares Fares. Director and scriptwriter Tarik Saleh. The film was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival 2022 for Best Script.
June 24, 8pm Swedish Film Goes Capri BREAKING SOCIAL (Sweden 2023)
All societies are based on the idea of a social contract. We are told that if we work hard, if we treat others with respect, if we play by the rules, we will be rewarded. But then there’s the rule breakers. BREAKING SOCIAL explores the possibilities of overcoming injustice and corruption. It is a film about reimagining the building blocks of our societies and igniting seeds of hope that live within each of us. Breaking Social was made by the internationally renowned and awarded Swedish documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten.
Le Conversazioni at Villa San Michele 2023
Villa San Michele hosts three encounters of the international literary festival Le Conversazioni from 25 to 27 June
Friday 30 june 2023, 8 pm
Jan Lundgren (pianist), Hans Backenroth (bass player) featuring Hannah Svensson (singer)
Jazz Poetry: Jan Lundgren, W. A. Mozart, Leonard Cohen
Friday 14 july 2023, 8 pm
Christina Nilsson (sopran), Magnus Svensson (pianist)
Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt
Friday 7 july 2023, 8 pm
Iréne Theorin (dramatic soprano), Matti Hirvonen (pianist)
Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Jean Sibelius
Friday 21 July 2023, 8 pm
Richard Hamrin (baritone), Jan-Erik Sandvik (pianist)
Ástor Piazzolla, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim
Friday 28 july 2023, 8 pm
Ann-Kristin Jones ( mezzo soprano), Henrik Schaefer (violist), Annelieke van Beest (violinist), Rut Pergament (pianist)
Vincenzo Bellini, Tommaso Giordani, Richard Strauss
24-26 August, The Salon of the Sfinx, Culture Festival 2023
The theme for the 2023 edition of the Salon of the Sphinx is YOUTH.
Among the guests are actors Greta Esposito, Miguel Gobbo Diaz, Demetra Bellina, and Pietro Turano, former elite gymnast Nina Corradini, entrepreneurs Alessandro Marinella and Marianna Palella, singer Greta Zuccoli, politician Victoria Oluboyo and journalist Federico Poletti.
Thursday August 24, 7 pm.
The Salong of the Sphinx opens with a cocktail in the Sculpture Loggia, followed by a meeting with a couple of Italy's most influential Forbes 30 under 30, Alessandro Marinella, entrepreneur of the historic Neapolitan necktie brand, and Marianna Palella, CEO of Citrus. Along with them, Federico Poletti, Chief Editor of MANINTOWN magazine, consultant, and globetrotter in search of new talents.
Thursday August 24, 8 pm.
Simple, beautiful, tender. The legacy of Monica Zetterlund.
The young Neapolitan singer Greta Zuccoli, together with pianist Mario Donato Pilla, pays tribute to the great Swedish jazz singer. Greta already has several exciting collaborations behind her, as well as a successful participation in the Sanremo song festival 2021.
Friday August 25, 7 pm.
Nina Corradini, former Italian rhythmic gymnastics athlete, shares the story that inspired her book 'Always Smiling,' published by Rizzoli. A denouncement of the pressures and psychological abuse in the world of the national team, called The Butterflies. Also on stage is Victoria Oluboyo, a young woman in politics who, fights for civil rights and other issues in her hometown Parma, nationally and internationally. Oluboyo is considered one of the more influential Italians of her age.
Friday August 25, 8 pm.
Meeting with Pietro Turano, renowned actor for his role as Filippo Sava in 'SKAM Italia,' and activist for LGBTQIA+ community rights, and Miguel Gobbo Diaz, the first black actor to have achieved the leading role in an Italian police drama series, 'Nero a metà.' Together, they will discuss cinema, civil right, racism and an open society.
Saturday August 26, 7 pm.
From "Mare Fuori" to "Qui rido io," from "Delta" to "Mixed by Erry," and up to "Shake." The versatile actress Greta Esposito has been the lead in movies and some of the most successful Italian TV series of recent times. She talks about her career, her new projects, and what the entertainment world in Italy looks like for a young woman on the rise.
Saturday August 26, 8 pm
Demetra Bellina, an actress with a strong passion for music and writing, will star in the film "I Don't Believe in Anything," Alessandro Marzullo's directorial debut, which will soon be released. A generational film about young people facing an important phase in life with all their vulnerabilities, set against the backdrop of a melancholic Rome.
10 September - 5 November 2023 Landscape Festival “Building new identities - Costruire nuove identità”
The seventh edition of the Anacapri Landscape Festival is underway: from 10 September to 5 November 2023, the event conceived and curated by Arianna Rosica and Gianluca Riccio returns to animate the evocative spaces of Villa San Michele and various public places in the historic centre of Anacapri, Capri.
Swedish Film Goes Capri 9/11 June 2022, 8 p.m
Swedish Film Festival in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Italy
Le Conversazioni at Villa San Michele 2022
Villa San Michele hosts three encounters of The international literary festival Le Conversazioni June 27, 28 and 29 at 7:00 pm. This years theme is Betrayal.
27 June 2022 La Commedia delle donne 7 pm
Marina Sagona is an Italian artist who lives and works in New York since 1995. At Le Conversazioni she presents her book La Commedia della donne, in which her painting of the various female figure of Dante’s Divine Comedy are accompanied by stories written by nine acclaimed American female writers.
28 June 2022 Eraldo Affinati 7 pm
The novels of Eraldo Affinati often revolve around defining moments of the history of mankind. Some of his books have been nominated to Italy's most prestigious literary awards, like L'uomo del futuro (Man of the Future) 2016. He's latest novel Il vangelo degli angeli (The Gospel of the Angels) came out in 2021.
29 June 2022 Charmaine Wilkerson 19.00
Charmaine Wilkerson started her writing in the world of communication. Since then, her articles and short stories have been published in several anthologies and publications. Her first novel, Black Cake, was published earlier this year, and was translated into Italian with the title Dolce Nero.
Friday 1 July 2022, 8 pm
Swedish Nina Stemme is considered the most important dramatic soprano of our time. She inaugurates Villa San Michele's classical concert series Summer Dreams with the virtuos Roland Pöntinen at the piano. Their program consists of Richard Wagner's Wesendoncklieder, the cabaret songs by Kurt Wiell and nordic romances by Jean Sibelius e Wilhelm Stenhammar. This is an evening you cannot miss!
Friday 8 July 2022, 8 pm
Mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg is well known for her repertoire of older music, particularly Baroque. On Villa San Micheles magic outdoor stage, she will perform a wide range of songs in collaboration with the pianist Magnus Svensson. Together they will offer the audience a program containing Joseph Haydn to Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Edward Elgar. As a tribute to the Italian audience, they will finish with Gioacchino Rossinis La regata veneziana. Click here for the full program:
Friday 15 July 2022, 8 pm
Tonight's performance is made up by a female duo, the soprano and singer of the Royal Court of Stockholm, Elin Rombo, and the pianist Sharon Rogers. They start with The Marriage of Figaro and continue with Scandinavian songs. The particular tonality of the northern composers creates pure magic in combination with the breathtaking sunset of the Bay of Naples. Click for the full program!
Friday 22 July 2022, 8 pm
Camerata Nordica consists of violinists Cellerina Park and Hanna Helgegren, Cédric Robin and Vladimir Percevic on viola, and cellists Sabina Sandri-Olsson and Zéphyrin Rey-Bellet. It is one of the most important ensembles of chamber music in Sweden, with musicians from various European countries. The concert has two parts, one dedicated to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski. The second is a new composition dedicated to Villa San Michele. Click for the full program.
Friday 29 July 2022, 8 pm
Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone and Jacob Kellermann, guitar, entertain tonight's concert audience with one of the most appreciated composer of our time, Italian Ennio Morricone, who, among his awards can count an Oscar and the Swedish Polar Prize. Just as loved is the Argentinian maestro Astor Piazzolla. The program includes music by Swedish composers Sven Hagvil och Thomas Persson, tailor made for tonight's top class musicians. Click for the full program. Welcome!
Friday 5 August 2022, 8 pm
"Al chiaro di luna"
The Italian pianist Angelo Villari takes you on a journey through pre classicism, impressionism and late romanticism with a series of piano miniatures by composers like Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Baldassare Galuppi and Ottorino Resphigi. Welcome to a musical evening of beauty and refinement, with the sunset and the moon over the bay of Naples as a perfect backdrop. Click for the entire program.
Friday 12 August 2022, 8 pm
The pianist and conductor Vittorio Bresciani has played at the most prestigious concert venues and festivals in Italy and throughout the world. His concert is the last in this years series Summer Dreams and entirely dedicated to Claude Debussy. His impressionistic compositions melt in perfectly with the landscape of Capri, the colors of the sunset and the beauty of Villa San Michele. Click for the program.
23-26 August 2022, The Salon of the Sfinx, CONFLICT
The year's theme of the cultural festival The Salon of the Sphinx, is conflict. Directly from Ukraine, Alibi Sisters will give a concert at Villa San Michele, August 26. The Salon will explore conflict in a broad sense, described through art, theatre, literature, food and music. The concert of Alibi Sisters is our way to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and take a stand against the war. All events are free. Click for the entire program
Tuesday 23 August 2022, 8 pm
Sneak preview of the film Corpo a Corpo (2021) directed by Maria Iovine. The film won The Millennial Award 2022, a price given by Le Visionarie, an organization which supports women in film, and Villa San Michele. Corpo a Corpo tells the story of Veronica Yoko Plebani, an Italian paraolympic triathlete who has become a front figure against body shaming in her home country. Before the screening, Maria Iovine and the president of Le Visioniare Giuliana Aliberti will be interviewed on stage.
Wednesday 24 August 2022, 7 pm
Vernissage of the exhibit I Am A Woman, by the Swedish photographer Lotta Antonsson in the pavilion of Villa San Michele, Olivetum. Antonsson's collage och photography has both erotic, fashion och documentary connotations, presented in an allegoric and multifaceted limitlessness. Her works are often characterized by spacial formations where photography and objects are combined in an associative whole, with inspiration drawn from the 1960's and 70's.
Wednesday 24 August 2022, 8 pm
Following the theme conflict, Italian actors Bianca Nappi and Giandomenico Cupaiuolo read extracts of Dialogue With Refugees by Bertolt Brecht, written in 1940 when Brecht himself was a refugee, and still topical. “The passport is the noblest part of a human being", says one of the protagonists. “… a human being is, in a certain sense, necessary for the passport. Swedish clarinetist Kjell Fagéus creates the musical bridges between the different dialogues.
Wednesday 24 August 2022, 8.45 pm
Meet Rosalba Piccinni , entrepreneuse, singer and life artist. She attracts large audiences in Italy's most prestigious jazz clubs, but calls herself "cantafiorista" (the singing florist). Rosalba shares her time between the music and her soulful flower shops and restaurants in Milano and Bergamo, oases for harmonious togetherness, just like Villa San Michele. She performs with Marco Brioschi, trumpet och Luca Meneghello, guitar.
Thursday 25 August 2022, 7 pm
The Swedish Italian diplomat and former vice foreign minister of Italy, Staffan de Mistura, has worked for the UN his whole life in many different roles. At Villa San Michele he talks about his newly released book, Armbrytning med ondskan (Arm Wrestling With The Evil), written with Erik Ohlsson and published by Ordfront. A thrilling and topical conversation about the successes and shortcomings of diplomacy in some of the world's most difficult crises' and humanitarian catastrophes.
Thursday 25 August 2022, 8 pm
Fiorella Breglia is the entrepreneurial food influencer that everyone talks about, a rising star on social media. Her unique capacity of throwing great dinner parties for innumerable guests, has made her famous, as have her energy and temperament. But food is not only enjoyment. Fiorella takes you on a trip through the pleasures and sufferings of the Neapolitan cuisine.
Friday 26 August 2022 8 pm SPECIAL EVENT, VILLA SAN MICHELE FOR UKRAINE
A reckless war is shaking up Europe, causing unimaginable suffering for Ukraine and its people. Directly from Kiev, the musical group Alibi Sisters, well known and loved in their home country, performs a unique concert at Villa San Michele, with the music of the different ethnicities of Ukraine, including Jewish klezmer and the music of the tatars of Crimea.
Before the concert there will be a conversation on stage about life in a country at war. Click for information about the singers and musicians.
9 September - 16 November 2022 Festival del Paesaggio Aria di Capri – That Capri Air
The sixth edition of the Landscape Festival (Festival del Paesaggio), curated by Arianna Rosica and Gianluca Riccio, celebrates the figure of Edwin Cerio on the occasion of the centenary of the "Conference on Landscape" (1922 - 2022), organized on the island in the summer of 1922 by the then mayor. Aria di Capri, That Capri Air, the title chosen for this new edition of the Festival, is also the title of a book published by Cerio in 1927, in which the caprese writer and intellectual imagined the island as a place that got continuously created and recreated by the words and images produced by the writers, poets and artists who have inhabited this extraordinary place.
Friday July 9 2021 . 8 pm
Dramatic soprano Ingela Brimberg inaugurates the cultural season of Villa San Michele with a rich choice of arias by Richard Wagner, accompanied by Ivette Irkha on the piano.
Friday July 16 2021, 8 pm
Protagonist of the sunset concert is the mezzosoprano Katarina Karnéus. She sings arias from Italian and French operas and Swedish songs. Accompanist is the pianist and composer Johan Ullén.
Friday July 23 2021, 8 pm
The clarinettist Magnus Holmander and the accordionist Irina Serotyuk won the Swedish competition Young and Promising in 2017. Their repertoire is a mixture of classical music, jazz, swing and klezmer. Magnus Holmander is also a magician. Just wait and see!
Friday July 30 2021, 8 pm
Mezzosoprano Matilda Paulsson and soprano Henriikka Gröndahl interpret arias of Verdi e Puccini and nordic romances, while accompanied by ”il maestro” Matti Hirvonen at the piano.
Thursday August 5 2021, 7 pm
Book presentation. The director of Neapel's important archeological museum MANN, Paolo Giulierini, explains his recently published book Storia del Mediterraneo in trenta oggetti (The History of the Mediterranean through thirty artifacts). Moderator: Kristina Kappelin. Language: Italian
Friday August 6 2021, 8 pm
Italian pianist Gianluca Luisi invites you to an evening in company with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Chopin.
Friday August 13 2021, 8 pm
The acclaimed Italien pianist Pasquale Iannone interprets Sergej Rachmaninov and Franz Liszt on the last evening pf the concert series
August 26-28 2021, The Salon of the Sfinx 7 pm
Villa San Michele invites everybody to the third edition of the Culture Festival The Salon of the Sfinx. This summer the theme is Freedom and first and foremost the freedom to love. Capri is known as the island of pleasure and many sexually limitless personalities have shaped the cultural life on the island. We pay tribute to this tradition in the name och openness and respect.
The Festival opens with an exhibit by the renowned Bosnian design company Zanat in collaboration with award-winning Swedish designer Monica Förster, ''Carving a Love Story''.
Thursday, 26 august 2021, 7 pm
Opening night of the exhibit Carving a Love Story by the Swedish designer Monica Förster. The exhibition is a project developed together with Zanat, the Bosnian design brand, which Monica Förster has been art directing since its international launch in 2015. A design brand founded upon a four-generation-old woodcarving tradition inscribed on the UNESCO cultural heritage list of humanity. This exhibition represents a highlight in the fruitful collaboration, which has helped Zanat rise from a small family-owned workshop in Bosnia to a globally respected design brand.
Thursday August 26 2021
Drag show with Francesco Pierri, alias Cristina Prenestina. Francesco is one of the most well known artist of the Drag scene of Rome and chose the name Cristina after the gender fluid Swedish queen Kristina (1626-1629). In his show he pays homage to the grand divas of today and yesterday, with a "certain regard" for the LGBT community.
Friday August 27 2021, 7 pm
Stage reading by the transsexual actress Eva Robin’s, after which she will be joined on stage by Italy’s only female bishop Maria Vittoria Longhitano. They are just about as different as two women might seem, but listen to them talking! The last performance is a Pas de deux by the dancers Costantino Imperatore and Denny Lodi, portraying the tormented love story of two men.
Friday August 27 2021, 8 pm
Dance at Villa San Michele with a performance by Costantino Imperatore and Denny Lodi. Love, fear, jealousy, violence, tenderness and the longing for a family by two homosexual men.
Saturday August 28 2021, 7 pm
Inauguration of the exhibit ’’Axel Munthe and the Pilgrims of Beauty’’ the the chapel and the garden of Villa San Michele, curated by Katriona Munthe. The show is introduced by the actors of the Francesco Gori Theatre Group who, through tableaux vivant interprets the exhibit. A stage conversation with Katriona Munthe and Roberto Fabregas of the Casa de Cultura Les Bernardes, will add references and anecdotes to the books and photographs of the show.
Saturday August 28 2021, 8 pm
Grand final with the creators and part of the cast of the film of the moment, Maschile Singolare. On Villa San Michele's stage you will hear the directors Alessandro Guida e Matteo Pilati talk about the partly unexpected success of their ''gay dramady''', together with the scriptwriter Giuseppe Paternò Raddusa and the popular actor Giancarlo Commare.