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Malta – “The Sorrows of Young Verdi” told by the "John Lennon" Youth Band

An uncommon view on Giuseppe Verdi’s life and the story of Italian opera inside the history which has defined Italian national identity. In Victoria-Cittadella, on 11th July

Written by Patrizio Bianchi, professor of Applied Economics and Councillor for European politics, school, vocational training, university, research, work of Emilia-Romagna Region, “The Sorrows of Young Verdi” is the second part of a work revising Giuseppe Verdi’s life and the story of Italian opera inside the history which has defined Italian national identity for better or for worse.

It is a theatrical text to be read aloud with a musical accompaniment which becomes itself actor of the narration, and the meeting between Mr Bianchi and the Youth Marching Band “John Lennon” and conductor M° Mirko Besutti has been the occasion to resume and readjust the text for the setting up. The show was first staged in Mirandola on May 2012, during the terrible days of the earthquake that shaked Emilia land.

"The Sorrows of Young Verdi" tells about a boy self-aware, who writes, studies and lives in the Italy of Restoration, after Napoleon’s defeat.
Verdi grows outside of any Academy, even with good teachers, and when he arrives in Milan, the Conservatory bearing his name today leaves him out because he is considered too old and “wild”.

But then, passing through cruel sorrows as the death of his wife and his son and professional failures, Verdi creates “Nabucco”, a “wild” opera, free of any academicism and stylistic frill.
People are the protagonists of the opera, the first work expressing Verdi’s real innovative strength: the extraordinary exalting of the two figures shut out of the ancient world, the individual and the people.

Verdi the innovator, the experimenter, even when recognized as the Grand Old Man of Italian culture, will still be a man searching, studying, trying and expecting more out of himself.

The story is divided in seven chapters:

“Verdi at Le Roncole”, with pieces from Traviata, Tancredi by Rossini, Norma by Bellini
“Verdi in Busseto”, with pieces from Norma by Bellini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
“The discovery of a new world”, with pieces from Werther by Massenet, Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti
“The theater in 19th century Italy”, with pieces from Rossini
“Delusions and sorrows”, with pieces from Oberto, Un giorno di regno
“Destiny goes round”, with pieces from Mosè in Egitto by Rossini, Nabucco, Rigoletto
“Verdi, a new style”, with pieces from Nabucco.

The Youth Band “John Lennon” is conducted by maestro Mirko Besutti, director of the Scuola di Musica "Carlo e Guglielmo Andreoli" Foundation.

The project entails an exchange with the Band of Victoria, who will be in Italy as a guest of the school in Mirandola from 13th to 19th September.



Fondazione Scuola di Musica "Carlo e Guglielmo Andreoli"

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Pubblicato il 06/07/2017 — ultima modifica 06/07/2017
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