This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19th-century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films.
Ischia differs from its more famous neighbor, Capri, in many ways that are readily apparent, but the most obvious are the terme -- spas -- rich with rejuvenating mineral salts from underground hot springs.
"Nothing sad about lack!" Jacquot grinned. "If we weren't always lacking, we would not always be desiring.