Colin Firth made a surprise visit this weekend to Cortona, Italy to visit the IMG-powered Tuscan Sun Festival.
The British actor took in a performance of Friday night's Schubertiade, a musical journey through the life and times of Schubert, narrated by Greta Scacchi (Carla Fracci was also in the audience).
The Cortona-based late summer classical music and lifestyle festival opened on July 30 and invited performers such as Martha Argerich, Pinchas Zukerman and Jeremy Irons (to narrate "Seduction, Smoke and Music: The love story of Chopin and George Sand). It also hosted another edition a wellness yoga class run by probably the world's richest aerobics instructor (and wife of Sting), Trudi Skyler.
Tonight closes the festival's 9th edition in a concert dedicated to an entire span of early music to bel canto -- Haendel, Bach and Boccherini to Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti -- interpreted by Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova and Valley Girl Danielle de Niese, accompanied by I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala ensemble.