For everyone who would like to find out about upcoming events in Italy (exhibitions, concerts, operas and much more), here is our section dedicated to recommend you a selection of relevant cultural events taking place in the most important Italian cities for the next weeks.

Let’s start from Milan: for the opera, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, directed by Richard Jones, makes its debut at the Teatro alla Scala on Saturday 19 May (untilJune 7).

For art and photography, we signal at the Triennale a brand new exhibition by Gérard Rancinan, the Trilogy of the Moderns (until Sunday, May 27) and the fifth edition of the Triennale Design Museum (TDM5), which this year is dedicated to Italian graphic design.

The World Press Photo 2012, one of the most important prizes in the international field of photojournalism, this year is hosted simultaneously by the Carla Sozzani Gallery in Milan and the Museum of Rome in Trastevere (in Milan up to June 03, in Rome until May 20).

At Villa Olmo, Como, the exhibition of the Brueghel dynasty – 100 works for the history of the greatest race of Flemish artists active between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – will continue until July 29, whereas in Vercelli it is still possible to admire the exhibition The Avant-garde Giants: Miro, Mondrian, Calder and the Guggenheim Collections, hosted by Arca until June 10.

Moving to prose, we signal the highly anticipated debut at Elfo – Tuesday, May 8 – of Red by John Logan (until June 3), while on May 14 and 15 at the Franco Parenti Theatre (on stage from 15 to May 19 with Fuori casa), hearings will be held for Sarabanda project, which will involve actors, musicians and performers from countries outside Europe for the 2012-13 season.

Last but not least, the wonderful review of the Figure Theatre (the IF Festival) goes on at the Verdi Theatre on May 19 and 20, with the Figuren Theater Tübingen presenting Avec des Ailes Immenses by Marquez.

At Teatri di Vita in Bologna, we signal on May 15 and 16 the Operette Morali by Giacomo Leopardi, in the version made by director Mario Martone for the Teatro Stabile of Turin. Also recommended, on Friday 18, the performance Joseph by Alexander Sciarroni.

In Tuscany, the Music Festival in Lucca continues throughout the month of May with meetings, screenings and concerts, while in Florence the 75th Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has opened on May 4 (up to Sunday, June 10). Upcoming events include: on May 22, 24, 25 The Metamorphosis (Booklet Pier’Alli – Music Silvia Colasanti – Conductor Marco Angius); on May 31, June 3, 5: Bluebeard’s Castle – The Miraculous Mandarin (Music Béla Bartók Music – Conductor Zsolt Hamar).

In Turin, for prose, from May 17 to June 3 the Macbeth will be performed at the Teatro Carignano, whereas the Cavallerizza Reale will be the backdrop for a classic by William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream from May 22 to June 10 (both produced by the Teatro Stabile).

Finally, at SalaUno, Theatre of Rome, an event for “theatre of words” lovers with the show Parole (Words), directed by Paul Civati and the Collettivo Attori Riuniti (May 15 to 20).

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