Stresa Festival 2012 – Lake Maggiore
The Festival Settimane Musicali di Stresa was founded in 1961 by the Venetian lawyer Italo Trentinaglia de Daverio inspired by his great love of music rather than by any personal interest. He grew up in a musical environment: his father, Erardo, was General Director of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, General Manager of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as well as a prolific composer. The Trentinaglia family owned a villa in Stresa and often gave hospitality to musical personalities such as Umberto Giordano and Arturo Toscanini who, together with Victor de Sabata, was one of their most frequent guests. They were all enchanted by the natural beauty and quiet quality of life they found in Stresa, as Stendhal and Wagner had been before them. It was during one of his stays at the villa in the autumn of 1961, that Mr Trentinaglia came up with the idea to create an annual event that would set Stresa on the international musical map. On August 27th 1962, the Settimane Musicali di Stresa were inaugurated with a concert given by the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala conducted by Nino Sanzogno. Since that day, some of the world’s most important musicians participated in the Festival.
PROGRAMME 2012 – From Friday July 20th to September 8th 2012