|Santa Caterina, Lago Maggiore|
Every summer (since 1999), for two nights only, the enchanting Hermitage of Santa Caterina is the venue for the Bach cello solo suites, performed by a different cellist each year. This July was the turn of Alban Gerhardt, a remarkably talented musician. It was a glorious, warm evening; the weather could not have been more perfect.
|Dana kindly took this photo of us at the Stresa imbarcadero|
|The sun began to set behind the mountains as we crossed the lake. |
(The boat trip was included in the price of the ticket to
|The approach to the Hermitage|
|The Hermitage of Santa Caterina looked dramatic |
bathed in golden sunlight and set against the rock face.
|We had time to admire the recently restored frescoes both outside|
and inside the richly decorated monastery.
|As we walked back to the boat, the pathway was lined with bowls |
of citronella candles - so romantic.
After the event, we were fortunate to bump into Alban Gerhardt in a small side street in Stresa. He said that he had really enjoyed performing in this uniquely special venue and hadn’t heard anything about Santa Caterina until he was approached by the Stresa Festival.
The music festival season ends today, but you could start planning your special evening for next summer. All of the events are held in exquisite locations and it is truly a great experience! If you like classical music, bookmark the Stresa Festival home page for more details about the exquisite musical performances around beautiful Lake Maggiore.