5-24 Sept. There are over two 180 events in this top-quality music festival, in 95 different locations in Milan and Turin. The programme covers a vast range of music to please both amateur and sophisticated concert goers. The low ticket prices are among the many merits of this high-flying festival.
The theme of Mito this year reflects that of Expo Milan 2015 of food for a sustainable planet, with music as the food for body and soul. The festival's artistic director Enzo Rastagno has also pointed out that music has always played an inmportant role in universal exhibitions since the first one in London in 1862.
Mito opens on 5 Sept in Milan with a concert conducted by Yuri Temirkanov at La Scala with the S. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, playing music by Mendelssohn, Bartholdy and Bruckner. It is followed the next morning by Mozart's Mass in C minor conducted by Diego Matheus with La Fenice orchestra and choir.
Another of the themes of Mito 2015 is the musical link between Turin and Berlin with a special series of concerts dedicated to the music of JS Bach with violin soloist Isabelle Faust and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
The two contemporary composers featured are Italian Luca Francesconi and British Thomas Adès (8 Sept and 10 Sept in Turin and 11-12 Sept in Milan), and there is a special celebration for the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez.
There is also a cycle dedicated to the influence of Chopin on Schriabin (8-22 Sept in both Milan and Turin). The two major contemporary operas, both performed in Turin, are Akhnaten by Philip Glass (13 Sept) and the first staging outside China of Il ragazzo del risciò by Guo Wenjing (23-24 Sept) with an introduction by the the Chinese composer on 22 Sept. The Rickshaw Boy is based on a work by Lao She whose humiliation during China's Cultural Revolution led to his suicide. Those who miss The Rickshaw Boy in Turin have a chance to catch it again in Genoa and Florence.
Some of Mito's concerts in Turin take place in unusual places such as prisons and hospitals, in line with the festival's stated policy to make music available to all. For the full programme see the website.