“In 1948 I thought to rearrange the manifestations organized between 1932 and 1939, giving them a more stable and organically defined structure. In that period I was in Milan and there I began to collect data, together with some friends experts in theatre, in order to realize the manifestations. When I came back to Trapani, I exposed my project to the mayor Professor Ricevuto and I asked him for the consent to realize it. He was enthusiastic about the idea and he assembled a Committee.”
Capitals were provided by its members, the illustrious fellow citizens Attilio Amodeo, Giuseppe Cosentino, Francesco Fontana, Alberto Manzo, Giacomo Pappalardo, Gustavo Ricevuto e Domenico Russo. The Committee promptly charged the Company G. Virgilio with beginning the building of the theatre. The works were finished in record time under the direct supervision of the Maestro De Santis. Years later he wrote: “I was responsible for the artistic consultation, even if I didn't belong to the Committee. I didn't have administrative tasks, but my passion, my interest and my enthusiasm pushed me to do anything to realize this project. So I became a warehouseman, a supervisor and also a workman. And all this because I deeply love my city and for this reason I'm ready to make sacrifices for it”.
Who witnessed the dawn of the Luglio Musicale can remember the Maestro Giovanni De Santis trying to scrape together money. Some wealthy citizens of Trapani financed the Luglio in order to replace the barbed wire fence of the municipal garden with wrought-iron panels (which are still there). The Maestro Giovanni De Santis wanted “his” Luglio Musicale Trapanese ( that's how he called the fruits of his sacrifices) to be perfect. Since then, the performances of the Luglio characterized the tradition of Trapani, seeing the participation of internationally known singers such as Andrea Mongelli, Virginia Zeani, Gino Bechi, Gianna Pederzini, Ettore Bastianini, Alvino Misciano, Piero Guelfi, Giacinto Prandelli, Plinio Clabassi, Cesare Valletti, Carlo Bergonzí, Ramon Vinay, Onelia Fineschi, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Anna Moffo, Gianni Poggi, Anna de' Cavalieri, Mario Del Monaco.
The story of the Luglio Musicale Trapanese is full of ambition, bravery and pride. It is also the story of a dreamer that, without money, was capable of turning the municipal garden of a provincial town into one of the most famous Italian open-air theaters.
Since 1948 the organizational structure of the Luglio has gradually became stable and autonomous with its own employees specialized in theatre.
The activities of the Luglio were extended to the winter period and its prose season became internationally famous.
The Luglio Musicale Trapanese became an institution in 1958 and obtained legal personality with the regional decree of 28 March 1992.
The Luglio, such as many others international institutions of the lyrical theatre, provides training assistance also to schools through the projects “School Theatre” and “Music in Class”.
The Decree of 26 November 2003 of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities recognized the Luglio Musicale Trapanese as “Tradition Theatre”.
The Luglio has boasted the participation of actors and directors such as Giuffrè, Alida Valli, Mariangela Melato,Valeria Moriconi, Ugo Pagliai, Corrado Pani, Paola Quattrini, Giulio Brogi, Gabriele Lavia, Rossella Falk, Turi Ferro, Ida Carrara, Ernesto Calindri and Giustino Durano.