George Gershwin and Maurice Ravel

Symphonic Concert

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 20th September 2020 @ 9.30 pm

 

Tonight the Fondazione Taormina Arte and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania present a sympnhonic concert with musics of Georg Gershwin and Maurice Ravel

 

PROGRAMME

 

George Gershwin

* An American in Paris

An American in Paris is a jazz-influenced orchestral piece first performed in 1928. It was inspired by the time that Gershwin had spent in Paris and evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s.
(source: Wikipedia)

 

* Cuban Ouverture

Cuban Overture is a symphonic overture or tone poem for orchestra. Originally titled Rumba, it was a result of a two-week holiday which Gershwin took in Havana, Cuba in February 1932. Gershwin composed the piece in July and August 1932. The overture is dominated by Caribbean rhythms and Cuban native percussion, with a wide spectrum of instrumental color and technique.
(source: Wikipedia)

 

Maurice Ravel

* Bolero

Boléro is a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.
For a number of reasons he then changed his mind again and decided to write a completely new piece based on the musical form and Spanish dance called bolero.
(source: Wikipedia)

 

Orchestra e technical Staff of the Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini of Catania

 

 

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Il Volo

“Best of 10 Years”

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 5th September 2021 @9.00pm

 

– “Note: The concert was initially scheduled for August 8th 2020 and was postponed due to covid-19. Tickets already purchased remain valid for the new date” –

 

The concert celebrates 10 years of incredible music.

Making global pop-opera sensation Il Volo performs again at the Ancient Greek-Roman Theatre of  Taormina.

l Volo is a group of three (unconventional) teenage boys that came to fame in Italy after appearing on the Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone”.
They were promptly snapped up by the leading people in the music industry in Italy and their debut album quickly went platinum. Like Andrea Bocelli before them, they are Italians set for the international stage. Their appearance on American Idol in 2011 caused a frenzy of first week sales for the lads with further plans to launch themselves elsewhere in the world. Their appeal is definitely their quirky image coupled with their unexpectedly mature vocals. They cover old ground in the classical crossover sphere, but they certainly package it in a new and exciting way. With undeniably strong voices and impeccable charm, Il Volo are hard to resist.
(source: classical-crossover.co.uk)

The three singers are tenors Piero Barone (born 1993) and Ignazio Boschetto (born 1994), and baritone Gianluca Ginoble (born 1995).

 

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Il Volo

“Best of 10 Years”

Ancient Theatre, Friday 4th September 2021 @ 9.00pm

 

– “Note: The concert was initially scheduled for August 8th 2020 and was postponed due to covid-19. Tickets already purchased remain valid for the new date” –

 

The concert celebrates 10 years of incredible music.

Making global pop-opera sensation Il Volo performs again at the Ancient Greek-Roman Theatre of  Taormina.

l Volo is a group of three (unconventional) teenage boys that came to fame in Italy after appearing on the Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone”.
They were promptly snapped up by the leading people in the music industry in Italy and their debut album quickly went platinum. Like Andrea Bocelli before them, they are Italians set for the international stage. Their appearance on American Idol in 2011 caused a frenzy of first week sales for the lads with further plans to launch themselves elsewhere in the world. Their appeal is definitely their quirky image coupled with their unexpectedly mature vocals. They cover old ground in the classical crossover sphere, but they certainly package it in a new and exciting way. With undeniably strong voices and impeccable charm, Il Volo are hard to resist.
(source: classical-crossover.co.uk)

The three singers are tenors Piero Barone (born 1993) and Ignazio Boschetto (born 1994), and baritone Gianluca Ginoble (born 1995).

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € SOLD OUT
Gallery: € 95,00 – SOLD OUT
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 80,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 40,00

 

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Aida

an opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Ancient Theatre, Monday 31th August 2020 @ 9.30 pm

 

 

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Synopsis
Antecedent: The Egyptians have captured and enslaved Aida, a Nubian princess. An Egyptian military commander, Radamès, struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. To complicate the story further, the Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris is in love with Radamès, although he does not return her feelings.


Act 1

Scene 1: A hall in the King’s palace; through the rear gate the pyramids and temples of Memphis are visible

Ramfis, the high priest of Egypt, tells Radamès, the young warrior, that war with the Nubians seems inevitable, and Radamès hopes that he will be chosen as the Egyptian commander (Ramfis, Radamès : Sì, corre voce l’Etiope ardisca / “Yes, it is rumored that Ethiopia dares once again to threaten our power”).
Radamès dreams both of gaining victory on the battlefield and of Aida, the Nubian slave, with whom he is secretly in love (Radamès: Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida / “Heavenly Aida”). Aida, who is also secretly in love with Radamès, is the captured daughter of the Nubian King Amonasro, but her Egyptian captors are unaware of her true identity. Her father has invaded Egypt to deliver her from servitude.
Amneris, the daughter of the Egyptian King, enters the hall. She too loves Radamès, but fears that his heart belongs to someone else (Radamès, Amneris: Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo / “In your looks I trace a joy unwonted”).
Aida appears and, when Radamès sees her, Amneris notices that he looks disturbed. She suspects that Aida could be her rival, but is able to hide her jealousy and approach Aida (Amneris, Aida, Radamès: Vieni, o diletta, appressati / “Come, O delight, come closer”).
Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act 1, Scene 2 at the Cairo première. The King enters, along with the High Priest, Ramfis, and the whole palace court. A messenger announces that the Nubians, led by King Amonasro, are marching towards Thebes. The King declares war and proclaims that Radamès is the man chosen by the goddess Isis to be the leader of the army (The King, Messenger, Radamès, Aida, Amneris, chorus: Alta cagion v’aduna / “Oh fate o’er Egypt looming”). Upon receiving this mandate from the King, Radamès proceeds to the temple of Vulcan to take up the sacred arms (The King, Radamès, Aida, Amneris, chorus: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido / “On! Of Nilus’ sacred river, guard the shores”).
Alone in the hall, Aida feels torn between her love for her father, her country, and Radamès (Aida: Ritorna vincitor / “Return a conqueror”).

Scene 2: Inside the Temple of Vulcan

Solemn ceremonies and dances by the priestesses take place (High Priestess, chorus, Radamès: Possente Ftha … Tu che dal nulla / “O mighty Ptah”). This is followed by the installation of Radamès to the office of commander-in-chief (High Priestess, chorus, Radamès: Immenso Ftha .. Mortal, diletto ai Numi / “O mighty one, guard and protect!”). All present in the temple pray for the victory of Egypt and protection for their warriors (Nume, custode e vindice/ “Hear us, O guardian deity”).

Act 2
Scene 1: The chamber of Amneris

Dances and music to celebrate Radamès’ victory take place (Chorus, Amneris: Chi mai fra gli inni e i plausi / “Our songs his glory praising”‘). However, Amneris is still in doubt about Radamès’ love and wonders whether Aida is in love with him. She tries to forget her doubt, entertaining her worried heart with the dance of Moorish slaves (Chorus, Amneris: Vieni: sul crin ti piovano / “Come bind your flowing tresses”).
When Aida enters the chamber, Amneris asks everyone to leave. By falsely telling Aida that Radamès has died in the battle, she tricks her into professing her love for him. In grief, and shocked by the news, Aida confesses that her heart belongs to Radamès eternally (Amneris, Aida: Fu la sorte dell’armi a’ tuoi funesta / “The battle’s outcome was cruel for your people …”).

Scene 2, set design for the Cairo premiere by Édouard Desplechin

This confession fires Amneris with rage, and she plans on taking revenge on Aida. Ignoring Aida’s pleadings (Amneris, Aida, chorus: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido / “Up! at the sacred shores of the Nile”), Amneris leaves her alone in the chamber.

Scene 3: The grand gate of the city of Thebes

Radamès returns victorious and the troops march into the city (Chorus, Ramfis: Gloria all’Egitto, ad Iside / “Glory to Egypt, to Isis!”). The Egyptian king decrees that on this day the triumphant Radamès may have anything he wishes. The Nubian captives are rounded up, and Amonasro appears among them. Aida immediately rushes to her father, but their true identities are still unknown to the Egyptians, save for the fact that they are father and daughter. Amonasro declares that the Nubian king (he himself) has been slain in battle. Aida, Amonasro, and the captured Ethiopians plead with the Egyptian King for mercy, but the Egyptians call for their death (Aida, Amneris, Radamès, The King, Amonasro, chorus: Che veggo! .. Egli? .. Mio padre! .. Anch’io pugnai / “What do I see?.. Is it he? My father?”).

Claiming the reward promised by the King, Radamès pleads with him to spare the lives of the prisoners and to set them free. Gratefully, the King of Egypt declares Radamès to be his successor and to be his daughter’s betrothed (Aida, Amneris, Radamès, The King, Amonasro, chorus: O Re: pei sacri Numi! .. Gloria all’Egitto / “O King, by the sacred gods …”). Aida and Amonasro remain as hostages to ensure that the Ethiopians do not avenge their defeat.

Act 3
“O patria mia”

On the banks of the Nile, near the Temple of Isis
Prayers are said (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris: O tu che sei d’Osiride / “O thou who to Osiris art …”) on the eve of Amneris and Radamès’ wedding in the Temple of Isis. Outside, Aida waits to meet with Radamès as they had planned (Aida: Qui Radamès verra .. O patria mia / “Oh, my dear country!”).
Amonasro appears and makes Aida agree to find out the location of the Egyptian army from Radamès (Aida, Amonasro: Ciel, mio padre! .. Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate / “Once again shalt thou gaze.”). When he arrives, Amonasro hides behind a rock and listens to their conversation.
Radamès affirms that he will marry Aida (Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida .. Nel fiero anelito; Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti… Là, tra foreste vergini / “I see you again, my sweet Aida!”), and Aida convinces him to flee to the desert with her.
In order to make their escape easier, Radamès proposes that they use a safe route without any fear of discovery and reveals the location where his army has chosen to attack. Upon hearing this, Amonasro comes out of hiding and reveals his identity. Radamès feels dishonored. At the same time, Amneris and Ramfis leave the temple and, seeing Radamès with their enemy, call the guards. Amonasro and Aida try to convince Radamès to escape with them, but he refuses and surrenders to the imperial guards.

Act 4
Philippe Chaperon’s Act IV scene 2 set design for the 1880 Palais Garnier performance in Paris. File:Set design by Philippe Chaperon for Act4 sc2 of Aida by Verdi 1880 Paris.jpg Philippe Chaperon’s Act IV scene 2 set design for the 1880 Palais Garnier performance in Paris. Scene 1: A hall in the Temple of Justice. To one side is the door leading to Radamès’ prison cell.
Amneris desires to save Radamès (L’aborrita rivale a me sfuggia / “My hated rival has escaped me”). She calls for the guard to bring him to her.
She asks Radamès to deny the accusations, but Radamès refuses. Certain that, as punishment, he will be condemned to death, Amneris implores him to defend himself, but Radamès firmly refuses. He is relieved to know Aida is still alive and hopes she has reached her own country (Amneris, Radamès: Già i Sacerdoti adunansi / “Already the priests are assembling”). His decision hurts Amneris.
Radamès’ trial takes place offstage; he does not reply to Ramfis’ accusations and is condemned to death, while Amneris, who remains onstage, pleads with the priests to show him mercy. As he is sentenced to be buried alive, Amneris curses the priests while Radamès is taken away (Judgment scene, Amneris, Ramfis, and chorus: Ahimè! .. morir mi sento / “Alas … I feel death”).
Opening and close of act 4, scene 2: (“La fatal pietra” and “Morir! Sì pura e bella”, with some cuts in the middle), sung by Nicola Zerola in 1909 Problems playing this file? See media help. Scene 2: The lower portion of the stage shows the vault in the Temple of Vulcan; the upper portion represents the temple itself.
Radamès has been taken into the lower floor of the temple and sealed up in a dark vault, where he thinks that he is alone. As he hopes that Aida is in a safer place, he hears a sigh and then sees Aida. She has hidden herself in the vault in order to die with Radamès (Radamès and Aida: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse. / “The fatal stone now closes over me”). They accept their terrible fate (Radamès: Morir! Si pura e bella / “To die! So pure and lovely!”) and bid farewell to Earth and its sorrows.[31] Above the vault in the temple of Vulcan, Amneris weeps and prays to the goddess Isis. In the vault below, Aida dies in Radamès’ arms. (Chorus, Aida, Radamès, Amneris: Immenso Ftha / “Almighty Ptah.”)

 

 

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Daniele Silvestri

Ancient Theatre, August 29th 2020 @ 9.00pm

 

Daniele Silvestri (born 18 August 1968) is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician.

Silvestri debuted in 1994, releasing his eponymous album. After a few albums, in 2002, he released the single “Salirò”, which won the Critics’ Award at the Sanremo Music Festival of the same year and became a top 5 hit in Italy. In December of the same year, the song received four Italian Music Awards for Song of the Year, Composition of the Year, Best Italian Arrangement and Best Italian Music Video.

 

 

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Lirica made in Sicily

Opera made in Sicily

Ancient Theatre, Wednesday 26th August 2020 @ 9.30 pm

 

A Gala with some of the most important Sicilian opera artists who made famous Sicily all around the world. Extraordinary artists such as Simone Alaimo, Pietro Ballo, Jessica Nuccio and Enea Scala wish to pay homage to their land with tonight’s Opera Gala.
A dutiful tribute to the “Swan of Catania” Vincenzo Bellini with some pages taken from Norma, I Puritani and Sonnambula.
A look at what is probably the most famous opera composer in the world – Giuseppe Verdi – with suites from Nabucco, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Aida.
And eventually a greeting to the most playful and ingenious composer in the history of the opera, Gioacchino Rossini, with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri, Cenerentola.

But the artists will not forget to sing arias from some Italian “Operetta” Musica Proibita, Tu che mi hai preso il cuor, Non ti scordar di me.

 

Direction: Francesco Costa
Piano: Ruben Micieli
Voices: Coro Lirico Siciliano

 

 

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Cavea (upper circle) – sector 3, lateral: € 26,50 – Reduced (under 25/over 65) € 21,50

 

 

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WHERE TO STAY

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Le Quattro Stagioni

The Four Seasons

by Antonio Vivaldi

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 25th August 2020 @ 9.30 pm

 

The Four Seasons (Italian: Le quattro stagioni) is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. They were written around 1716–1717 and published in 1725 in Amsterdam.

They were a revolution in musical conception: in them Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds (of different species, each specifically characterized), a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties from both the hunters’ and the prey’s point of view, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires.

Unusually for the period, Vivaldi published the concerti with accompanying sonnets (possibly written by the composer himself) that elucidated what it was in the spirit of each season that his music was intended to evoke. The concerti therefore stand as one of the earliest and most detailed examples of what would come to be called program music—i.e., music with a narrative element. Vivaldi took great pains to relate his music to the texts of the poems, translating the poetic lines themselves directly into the music on the page. For example, in the middle section of “Spring”, when the goatherd sleeps, his barking dog can be heard in the viola section. The music is elsewhere similarly evocative of other natural sounds. Vivaldi divided each concerto into three movements (fast–slow–fast), and, likewise, each linked sonnet into three sections.

 

Direction

Giulio Plotino

 

Orchestra and technical Staff

Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania

 

PROGRAMME

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “Spring” (La primavera)
Allegro (in E major); Largo e pianissimo sempre (in n C♯ minor); Allegro pastorale (in E major)

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “Summer” (L’estate)
Allegro non molto (in G minor); Adagio e piano – Presto e forte (in G minor); Presto (in G minor)

Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “Autumn” (L’autunno)
Allegro (in F major); Adagio molto (in D minor); Allegro (in F major)

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “Winter” (L’inverno)
Allegro non molto (in F minor); Largo (in E♭ major); Allegro (in F minor)

 

The Program may vary by adding:

Serenade No. 6 for Orchestra in D major K 239
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Marcia. Maestoso (D major), Minuetto (D major), Rondò. Allegretto (D major)

 

 

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Puccini e Verdi Opera Gala

Ancient Theatre, Thursday 20th August 2020 @ 21.30 pm

 

PUCCINI and VERDI OPERA GALA will be an opportunity to appreciate great voices of the Italian and international opera scene.

In the first part of the evening we will be able to listen to the eternal and sublime melodies with which Giacomo Puccini embodied the love and the strength of feeling; a tribute to the composer who has always praised love and beauty. Suite from “La Bohème”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Tosca”, “Il Tabarro”, “Turandot” and “La Fanciulla del West”.

The second part is a tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, known as “the Swan of Busseto” who brought embodied the to the theatre the most sublime human feelings, the man who managed to bring the human voice to its highest peaks. The most interesting pages from “Don Carlo”, “Aida”, “Il Trovatore”, “Rigoletto”, “La Traviata”, “Ernani”, “A Masked Ball” “Nabucco”, and many others.

 

Direction: Francesco Costa
Piano: Ruben Micieli
Voices: Coro Lirico Siciliano

 

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Cavea (upper circle) – sector 1, central : € 61,50 – Reduced (under 25/over 65) € 49,50
Cavea (upper circle) – sector 2, intermediate: € 41,50 – Reduced (under 25/over 65) € 33,50
Cavea (upper circle) – sector 3, lateral: € 26,50 – Reduced (under 25/over 65) € 21,50

 

 

MORE INFO
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WHERE TO STAY

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Al Passo con i Templi

Il Risveglio degli Dei – Alba al Teatro Antico

Ancient Theatre, Wednesday 19th August 2020 @ 05.00 am

 

 

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Gala Lirico “Solo per amore”

Taormina Lyric Summer Concert

CELEBRAZIONI BELLINIANE

Ancient Theatre, Friday 14th August 2020 @ 9.30 pm

 

Tonight the Fondazione Taormina Arte and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania present a Lyric Summer Concert, a tribute to Vincenzo Bellini – the most loved Sicilian composer – and Giuseppe Vertdi.

 

Director: Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Sopran: Anna Pirozzi
Tenor: Fabio Sartori
Mezzosoprano: Veronica Simeoni
Baritono: Simone Piazzola

 

 

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Programme

Vincenzo Bellini

Norma > Sinfonia
I Puritani > “Ah per sempre io ti perdei”
I Capuleti e i Montecchi > “Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio”
Norma > “Meco all’altar di Venere” – “Norma viene” – “Sediziose voci,voci di guerra” – “Casta Diva” – Terzetto “Oh di qual sei tu vittima”

 

Giuseppe Verdi

La forza del destino > Sinfonia
Un ballo in maschera > “Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima”
Nabucco > “Va pensiero”
Don Carlo > “Per me giunto…O Carlo ascolta”

 

Francesco Cilea

Adriana Lecouvrueur > “Acerba voluttà”

 

Giacomo Puccini

Tosca > “Vissi d’arte”
Turandot > “Nessun dorma”

 

(The programme may vary slightly)

Orchestra, Chorus and technical staff > Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania

 

 

 

MORE INFO
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WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione Svizzera (reopening in 2021) – Hotel Villa Schuler – Hotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta