Double appointment in Trieste en plein air for the Piccolo Opera Festival: Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla and Baroque Serenade Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra
Double appointment in Trieste en plein air for the Piccolo Opera Festival: Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla and Baroque Serenade Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra


Double appointment in Trieste en plein air for the Piccolo Opera Festival: Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla and Baroque Serenade Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra

Triestine double appointment for the Piccolo Opera Festival, which stops in the regional capital with two important shows: the Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla on 3 July in the courtyard at the Castle of San Giusto and the baroque Serenade Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra on 5 July in the park of the Miramare Castle, organized with the support and patronage of the Municipality of Trieste.

The Piccolo Opera Festival, the successful summer festival now in its 14th edition, is hosted for the first time in Miramare, and for the third time in San Giusto (where Don Giovanni by Mozart and 2016 Il barbiere di Mozart were staged in 2015. Seville by Rossini).

Places of great charm, as is the philosophy of the cross-border review directed by Gabriele Ribis , which makes sites rich in history and art of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia resonate with melodies, some of which are exceptionally open for the occasion.

The two appointments were presented during a press conference, held in the council room of the Municipality of Trieste, which was attended by the municipal councilor for major events Francesca De Santis, the director of the Piccolo Opera Festival Gabriele Ribis and the director of Glasbena Matica FJK Bodgan Kralj.

"This event is an excellence of our Region - said the commissioner Francesca De Santis - and was missing from Trieste since 2016. Now it finally returns, proposing two expected shows, which will be held under the title of" Experience opera without borders " outside the theater, in particularly suggestive scenarios and will be accessible to all. This festival means that the boundaries of the territories are demolished to enhance our entire area. It is a successful mix, and these two dates will harmonize with the varied program proposed by Trieste Estate ".

Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires

There is great anticipation for Astor Piazzolla's Opera tango Maria de Buenos Aires , scheduled to pay homage to the great Argentine musician and composer on the centenary of his birth. Produced by the Piccolo Opera Festival in co-production with the Goldoni Theater of Livorno and Glasbena Matica FJK, it will be staged on 3 July at 9.00 pm outdoors, in the courtyard of the Castle of San Giusto. It is a show of great appeal, capable of attracting an audience not only of music lovers, given the notoriety of Astor Piazzolla, much loved by the international audience. The direction is by Alessio Pizzech, the sets and costumes by Flavia Ruggeri. With the Glasbena Matica FJK Ensemble, the Soloists Arianna Manganello, Giacomo Medici, the actor Gianluca Ferrato will perform under the musical direction of Igor Zobin. Reservation is required (tickets € 15/10).

The plot - Maria, born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires "one day when God was drunk", is a young worker in a textile industry. Irresistibly attracted to the tango music heard on the street at the door of a night bar, she becomes a tango singer, but then ends up in a brothel and dies there, still very young. In a somewhat surreal scenario, his death is decided during a black mass held by infamous characters. His death sentence is also a sentence to hell, and hell is the city of Buenos Aires, where his specter wanders. Death is also the return to virginity, violated by the elf poet who impregnates her with his word. She will give birth to a baby girl, named Maria, a symbol of herself but also of the city that is reborn every time. Around Maria move El Cantor, a young writer, El Duende, the elf, with a group of picturesque puppets under his control, various characters from the suburbs of Buenos Aires and psychoanalysts, specter of the Argentine crisis of the sixties with the countless cases of neurosis, despair and loss of one's personal, civic and social identity. It is the Duende, this sort of demon, who goes to Mary's tomb and revives her by forcing her back to the same terrible life she had left, just as the Bandoneon is a demon, who seduces the poor girl by bringing her into the field of evil for the second time. time. Drunkards, murderers, thieves, prostitutes and pimps move around.

Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra

On 5 July, the park of the Miramare Castle will be the evocative setting for Johann Adolf Hasse's Baroque Serenade Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra. The show is part of the section La verde musica , or the popular musical visits to historic gardens and parks , which the public discovers together with the curators of the heritage or the owners, carried out in collaboration with ERPAC and Accademia per l'Opera di Verona / Polo Nazionale Artistico . Immediately after the Trieste debut, the opera will have a mini tour in Serbia with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade. Directed by Gabriele Ribis, Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra sees the participation of the Schlesinger Chamber Orchestra of the City of Kragujevac (Serbia). Soloists are Luan Goes and Cristina Mosca. Conductor at the harpsichord, Maestro Alberto Gaspardo. The action of the serenade takes place after the battle of Actium, where Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra were humiliated by Octavian, then Caesar Augustus. The focus is therefore on their bewildered reactions to this state of affairs, a kind of emotional exploration of "what do we do now?" Cleopatra reacts first with anger, then with resignation and finally resigns herself. The appointment is at 19.30 and in case of bad weather the show will be held on 6 July. Reservation required (ticket € 12).

When Johann Adolf Hasse's serenade was performed on a country estate near Naples in 1725 , the elite audience did not flinch at the fact that the role of Cleopatra was played by the 20-year-old castrato soprano Carlo Broschi, aka Farinelli , and that of Marc'Antonio from the contralto Vittoria Tesi. Both singers would soon become superstars. Savoring their vocal prowess, the newly Italianized Hasse created a soundtrack whose melodic charm and skillful characterization - plus his latest flattering tribute to the Habsburgs in power - made it an instant hit. At that time Naples was musically in a state of change: the city needed a new celebrity, someone who could replace Handel as a new foreign idol. The choice fell on a German, Johann Adolf Hasse precisely, his career needed an important inauguration, a work that would demonstrate his competence and at the same time please the public. Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra suited the occasion perfectly. The staging was not expensive, so the Neapolitan banker who had commissioned the opera was not financially ruined, but Hasse managed to persuade leading singers of the time to perform it.

Online reservations

All information on the shows and how to attend them can be found on www.piccolofestival.org.

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