International friends of festival verdi

Welcome to the Verdi Experience

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who we are

International Friends of Festival Verdi

We are a non-profit organization based in the heart of the Financial District in NYC that serves as a bridge between the Teatro Regio in Parma, Italy in spreading the love of Giuseppe Verdi.

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most important composer’s worldwide for the opera music. Every year around the 10th of October, Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, Teatro Regio di Parma organizes and produces the Festival Verdi —
a month-long festival that integrates the music of Verdi with the captivating city of Parma.

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Our Goals

What guides us


To promote the Festival Verdi in the United States 

To make certain that Verdi’s legacy endures through it’s Festival in Parma

To educate and expand the awareness of Verdi in the United States

To collaborate with American Theatres and stage unique Festival Verdi productions

To create opportunities for students of opera to participate in Festival Verdi 

To create a special club for Verdi opera lovers 


Un Giorno Di Regno


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I Due Foscari





Join the experience

Become a member

Our major donors through their philanthropic contributions will be recognised throughout the year and highlighted during the Festival alongside the prestigious public and private supporters in Italy that have been supporting Festival Verdi since its founding in 2001. Friends enjoy many benefits during the Festival, including rare privileges at opera and musical performances, exhibitions and symposia, as well as invitations to private social gatherings and exclusive behind-the-scenes visits. Friends are recognised before and after the Festival through on-going communications and social gatherings in many cities around the world, with a strong focus in the U.S.A.



Our Fellowship program

Accademia Verdiana


International Friends of Festival Verdi is also committed to raising and distributing financial aid to help educate
young singers from United States. The Accademia Verdiana fellowship program includes 6 months of intense vocal class, as well as musical and theatrical training. The workshops and masterclass will be held in Parma with well known professionals and vocal coaches. The students will make their debut in Busseto at the Teatro Verdi. 

International Friends is committed to supporting the important work of Accademia Verdiana in training the opera singers of the future.

Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate; va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli, ove olezzano tepide e molli l’aure dolci del suolo natal!
— Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi
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