The Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival

Towards the end of June, and because of its superb location, size and architecture, villa Casa dei Mezzo is magically transformed into the venue of the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival where you will have the privilege of enjoying performances by world-class singers and musicians. If you enjoy Chamber Music then this event at Crete's premier classical concert venue is not to be missed.

The next festival will be from Friday 22 to Monday 25 June 2018.

Photo: Festival preparations by Makrigialos old harbour

Our music festival brings together a carefully selected group of world-class artists in the beautiful and intimate settings of Villa Casa dei Mezzo and at the antique Villa de Mezzo at Etia. These two wonderful venues are small enough to give everyone in the audience the opportunity to be really close to the performers and to experience exciting live performances by outstanding musicians. As our festival makes an important cultural contribution to the summer season in Makrigialos we always keep our ticket prices as low as we can in order to make the festival accessible to the widest possible audience.

Artists always love to perform at our festival as they stay, rehearse and work together in the Makrigialos for the duration of the festival. They are therefore able to enjoy the whole relaxed atmosphere, ambience and festivities just as much as their audiences.

The Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival was described by The Sunday Times Online as 'The most unique and intimate classical music Summer festival in Europe'.

Every year the festival starts off with a free concert by the old harbour of Makrigialos that is sponsored and organised by the Municipality of Ierapetra. Performers at this event are students from our local music schools and other Cretan musicians. Our first evening always finishes with great excitement and traditional Greek dancing around the harbourside.

Every festival also features a lunchtime concert at the antique Villa de Mezzo at Etia. This is a small venue that's perfect for the intimate and memorable concerts that all of our audiences so thoroughly enjoy.

Photo: An evening performance at Casa dei Mezzo

All of the other events take place in the evenings at the Villa Casa dei Mezzo which is very close to the village of Makrigialos. Again, this is a small and intimate venue which allows for a great interaction between our audience and performers.

Highlights of Villa Casa dei Mezzo concerts are the lovely warm Cretan evenings, the wonderful acoustics, the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and, of course, Luciano Pavorotti's own Bosendorfer 290 Imperial Grand piano. Over the years we've built up a tradition of fine pianists visiting Makrigialos and, with its very unique sound, our piano is an unforgettable delight to listen to.

Photo: Encores for the final gala performance

Our evening concerts typically feature works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, Schumann and Vivaldi and the final concert of each festival is always a very special gala event that often includes operatic works. For these gala concerts we've previously had performances by renowned international singers such as Hege Høisæter (mezzo-soprano), Isa Katharina Gericke (soprano), Hubert Wild (baritone) and Christian Damsgaard (tenor) to name just a few of those who have performed for us over the years.

Artists for the 2017 festival included Armoniosa (ensemble), Hege Høisæter (mezzo soprano), Hubert Wild (countertenor) and Ingeborg Christophersen (recorder).

Since our first festival in 2007 we've had outstanding performances by more than 84 artists from 26 different countries, thus making our festival a truly international event. So, if you love live classical music, be sure to make a note of Makrigialos, Crete, Friday 22 to Monday 25 June 2018 in your diary.
Photo: Our audience prepares for an evening concert

For the 2017 season, the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival was sponored by: Gunnar Strømsholm, Makrigialos Touristiki A.E, Region of Crete, Municipality of Ierapetra, Municipality of Sitia, Motor Plan Ltd. Car Rental, Proistakis Bross S.A., Siganos A.E., SunVing Resort & Spa, Architect Manolis Kanvakis, and Georgios Zervakis S.A.

The festival was also supported by: Makrigialos Chamber of Commerce and Rent Room Association of MakrysGialos.

For further information please see the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival website.