It is with great joy that Accademia Bizantina announces the first season of the Humana Follia festival: from March 9t to Marc 13th, 2020 the music of the 17th and 18th century will take the spotlight in our territory, Emilia-Romagna, which has given and gives so much to the fields of Art and Music.

The Baroque period was a time of great musical ferment: on the one hand techniques and forms were consolidated and then had enormous influence in the decades to come; at the same time, it was also an era of great experimentation, creativity and inventiveness. This also explains the name of the Festival.

Humana, because the bond between music and the human being was particularly tight. Humanity’s emotions, passions and weaknesses inspired the baroque composers, who used music to describe its nature and its many facets.

Follia (follymadness), because this was a very important component of the work and character of both composers and performers. This was perhaps the time when the performer had the greatest freedom to interpret and vary the musical text. The variety of variations and embellishments is still central for the performers who today face the baroque repertoire.

Madness has always been a characteristic of human nature. Both in a positive and negative sense, madness contributed to writing human history, sometimes allowing us to achieve excellent results in art, science and in all declinations of the person’s inclinations. In other cases, however, madness has unfortunately been at the service of evil minds who wrote some of the darkest pages of civilization. It remains true, however, that when madness is combined with genius, fantasy and daring, it allows man to dare and, with the help of knowledge, to explore lands full of resources and potential.

Humana Follia

March 9, 2020 – 9:00 pm  / Teatro Masini, Faenza

“La Porta del Paradiso” – Music by Gregori, Monteverdi and Handel

Alessandro Tampieri – conductor and violin
Delphine Galou – contralto 


March 11, 2020 – 9:00 pm / Teatro Goldoni, Bagnacavallo

“The Art of Fugue” – J. S. Bach

Ottavio Dantone – conductor and harpsichord


March 13, 2020  – 9:00 pm / Teatro Fabbri, Forlì

“Venezia Stravagante” – Music by Vivaldi, Platti and Marcello

Ottavio Dantone – conductor and harpsichord
Alessandro Tampieri – concertmaster, violin and viola d’amore 

In collaborazione con

Regione Emilia-Romagna