Taormina events

GDS Show

A night with the stars

Taormina Ancient Theatre, September, 7 2019 @9.00pm

 

A charity event with famous Italian TV and music stars like Mario Biondi, Anna Tatangelo and Massimo Lopez.

Host of the the show is Salvo La Rosa

 

TICKETS on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 30,00
Gallery: € 30,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 20,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 10,00

Turandot

by Giacomo Puccini

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday September 3rd 2019 @9.00pm

 

Turandot: Elina Ratiani
Calaf: Marcello Giordani
Liù: Sharon Azrieli
Orchestra conductor: James Meena
Direction: Enrico Stinchelli
Scene: Ezio Frigerio
Costumes: Franca Squarciapino

 

TICKETS on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 60,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Place: Peking, China
Time: Legendary times

Act 1
Anna May Wong as Princess Turandot, 1937
In front of the imperial palace

In China, beautiful Princess Turandot will only marry a suitor who can answer 3 secret riddles. A Mandarin announces the law of the land (Aria – Popolo di Pechino! – “People of Peking!”). The Prince of Persia has failed to answer the three riddles, and he is to be beheaded at the next moonrising. As the crowd surges towards the gates of the palace, the imperial guards brutally repulse them, causing a blind old man to be knocked to the ground. The old man’s slave-girl, Liù, cries out for help. A young man hears her cry and recognizes that the old man is his long-lost father, Timur, the deposed king of Tartary. The young Prince of Tartary is overjoyed at seeing Timur alive, but still urges Timur to not speak his name because he is afraid that the Chinese rulers, who have conquered Tartary, may kill or harm them. Timur then tells his son that, of all his servants, only Liù has remained faithful to him. When the Prince asks her why, she tells him that once, long ago in the palace, the Prince had smiled at her (Trio with chorus – The crowd, Liù, Prince of Tartary, Timur: Indietro, cani! – “Back, dogs!”).

The moon rises, and the crowd’s cries for blood dissolve into silence. The doomed Prince of Persia, who is on his way to be executed, is led before the crowd. The young Prince is so handsome and kind that the crowd and the Prince of Tartary decide that they want Turandot to act compassionately, and they beg Turandot to appear and spare his life (Aria – The crowd, Prince of Tartary: O giovinetto! – “O youth!”). She then appears, and with a single imperious gesture, orders the execution to continue. The Prince of Tartary, who has never seen Turandot before, falls immediately in love with her, and joyfully cries out Turandot’s name three times, foreshadowing the riddles to come. Then the Prince of Persia cries out one final time. The crowd, horrified, screams out one final time and the Prince of Persia is beheaded.

The Prince of Tartary is dazzled by Turandot’s beauty. He is about to rush towards the gong and to strike it three times – the symbolic gesture of whoever wishes to attempt to solve the riddles so that he can marry Turandot – when the ministers Ping, Pang, and Pong appear. They urge him cynically to not lose his head for Turandot and to instead go back to his own country (Fermo, che fai?). Timur urges his son to desist, and Liù, who is secretly in love with the Prince, pleads with him not to attempt to solve the riddles (Signore, ascolta! – “Lord, hear!”). Liù’s words touch the Prince’s heart. He begs Liù to make Timur’s exile more bearable by not abandoning Timur if the Prince fails to answer the riddles (Non piangere, Liù – “Do not cry, Liù”). The three ministers, Timur, and Liù then try one last time to stop the Prince (Ah! Per l’ultima volta! – “Ah! For the last time!”) from attempting to answer the riddles, but he refuses to heed their advice.

He calls Turandot’s name three times, and each time Liù, Timur, and the ministers reply, “Death!” and the crowd declares, “We’re already digging your grave!” Rushing to the gong that hangs in front of the palace, the Prince strikes it three times, declaring himself to be a suitor. From the palace balcony, Turandot accepts his challenge, as Ping, Pang, and Pong laugh at the Prince’s foolishness.

Act 2
Scene 1: A pavilion in the imperial palace. Before sunrise

Ping, Pang, and Pong lament their place as ministers, poring over palace documents and presiding over endless rituals. They prepare themselves for either a wedding or a funeral (Trio – Ping, Pang, Pong: Ola, Pang!). Ping suddenly longs for his country house in Honan, with its small lake surrounded by bamboo. Pong remembers his grove of forests near Tsiang, and Pang recalls his gardens near Kiu. The three share their fond memories of their lives away from the palace (Trio – Ping, Pang, Pong: Ho una casa nell’Honan – “I have a house in Honan”). They turn their thoughts back to how they have been accompanying young princes to their deaths. As the palace trumpet sounds, the ministers ready themselves for another spectacle as they await the entrance of their Emperor.

Scene 2: The courtyard of the palace. Sunrise

The Emperor Altoum, father of Turandot, sits on his grand throne in his palace. Weary of having to judge his isolated daughter’s sport, he urges the Prince to withdraw his challenge, but the Prince refuses (Aria – Altoum, the Prince: Un giuramento atroce – “An atrocious oath”). Turandot enters and explains (In questa reggia – “In this palace”) that her ancestress of millennia past, Princess Lo-u-Ling, reigned over her kingdom “in silence and joy, resisting the harsh domination of men” until she was raped and murdered by an invading foreign prince. Turandot claims that Lo-u-Ling now lives in her, and out of revenge, Turandot has sworn to never let any man wed her. She warns the Prince to withdraw but again he refuses. The Princess presents her first riddle: Straniero, ascolta! – “What is born each night and dies each dawn?” The Prince correctly replies, Speranza – “Hope.” The Princess, unnerved, presents her second riddle (Guizza al pari di fiamma – “What flickers red and warm like a flame, but is not fire?”) The Prince thinks for a moment before replying, Sangue – “Blood”. Turandot is shaken. The crowd cheers the Prince, provoking Turandot’s anger. She presents her third riddle (Gelo che ti da foco – “What is ice which gives you fire and which your fire freezes still more?”). He proclaims, “It is Turandot! Turandot!”

The crowd cheers for the triumphant Prince. Turandot throws herself at her father’s feet and pleads with him not to leave her to the Prince’s mercy. The Emperor insists that an oath is sacred and that it is Turandot’s duty to wed the Prince (Duet – Turandot, Altoum, the Prince: Figlio del cielo). She cries out in despair, “Will you take me by force? (Mi porterai con la forza?) The Prince stops her, saying that he has a riddle for her: Tre enigmi m’hai proposto – “You do not know my name. Tell me my name before sunrise, and at dawn, I will die.” Turandot accepts. The Emperor then declares that he hopes that he will be able to call the Prince his son when the sun next rises.

Act 3
Scene 1: The palace gardens. Night

In the distance, heralds call out Turandot’s command: Cosi comanda Turandot – “This night, none shall sleep in Peking! The penalty for all will be death if the Prince’s name is not discovered by morning”. The Prince waits for dawn and anticipates his victory: Nessun dorma – “Nobody shall sleep!”

Ping, Pong, and Pang appear and offer the Prince women and riches if he will only give up Turandot (Tu che guardi le stelle), but he refuses. A group of soldiers then drag in Timur and Liù. They have been seen speaking to the Prince, so they must know his name. Turandot enters and orders Timur and Liù to speak. The Prince feigns ignorance, saying they know nothing. But when the guards begin to treat Timur harshly, Liù declares that she alone knows the Prince’s name, but she will not reveal it. Ping demands the Prince’s name, and when Liù refuses to say it, she is tortured. Turandot is clearly taken aback by Liù’s resolve and asks Liù who or what gave her such a strong resolve. Liù answers, “Princess, love!” (Principessa, amore!). Turandot demands that Ping tear the Prince’s name from Liù, and Ping orders Liù to be tortured even more. Liù counters Turandot (Tu che di gel sei cinta – “You who are begirdled by ice”), saying that Turandot too will learn the exquisite joy of being guided by caring and compassionate love. Having spoken, Liù seizes a dagger from a soldier’s belt and stabs herself. As she staggers towards the Prince and falls dead, the crowd screams for her to speak the Prince’s name. Since Timur is blind, he must be told about Liù’s death, and he cries out in anguish. When Timur warns that the gods will be offended by Liù’s death, the crowd becomes subdued, very afraid and ashamed. The grieving Timur and the crowd follow Liù’s body as it is carried away. Everybody departs, leaving the Prince and Turandot alone. He reproaches Turandot for her cruelty (Duet – The Prince, Turandot: Principessa di morte – “Princess of death”), then takes her in his arms and kisses her in spite of her resistance.

The Prince tries to convince Turandot to love him. At first she feels disgusted, but after he kisses her, she feels herself becoming more ardently desiring to be held and compassionately loved by him. She admits that ever since she met the Prince, she realized she both hated and loved him. She asks him to ask for nothing more and to leave, taking his mystery with him. The Prince, however, then reveals his name: “Calaf, son of Timur – Calaf, figlio di Timur”, thereby placing his life in Turandot’s hands. She can now destroy him if she wants (Duet – Turandot, Calaf: Del primo pianto).

Scene 2: The courtyard of the palace. Dawn

Turandot and Calaf approach the Emperor’s throne. She declares that she knows the Prince’s name: Diecimila anni al nostro Imperatore! – “It is … love!” The crowd cheers and acclaims the two lovers (O sole! Vita! Eternità).

RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 14

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW DATE

 

Tickets issued for September 1st will be valid for the new date

 

Levante

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 1st September 2019 @21.30

 

Claudia Lagona (born 23 May 1987), better known by her stage name Levante, is an Italian singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2013, releasing the single “Alfonso”, which became popular after being launched by Italian radio station Radio DeeJay. The single was later certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Levante’s first studio album, Manuale distruzione, was released on 11 March 2014. It was followed by Abbi cura di te (2015) and Nel caos di stanze stupefacenti (2017).

In 2017, she was chosen as a judge for the eleventh series of Italian talent show X Factor.

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 46,00
Gallery: € 40,30
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 35,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 29,90

 

https://www.facebook.com/levantemusic/

https://www.facebook.com/events/271268543572661/

 

 

 

Andrea Bocelli

Ancient Theatre, Saturday August 31st 2019 @ 9.30pm – NEW DATE

 

An additional concert for Andrea Bocelli: Saturday 31 August at the Ancient Theatre of Taormina!

A great return to our city for the most loved Italian singer in the world.  A concert that promises to be special as the wonderful voice of Andrea Bocelli that will enchant the audience of taormina on August 30th

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it and boxol.it
Stalls (Parterre): not available
Gallery: € 265,00
Upper circle (gold numbered seats): € 185,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 145,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 80,00

 

Where to stay

Hotel Villa Carlotta  Hotel Villa Ducale  Hotel Villa Schuler  Hotel La Pensione Svizzera

recommended by Taormina.it


Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.

In 1998, Bocelli was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. “The Prayer” is his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3] He captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records with the release of his classical album Sacred Arias, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts.[3]

Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 March 2010 for his contribution to Live Theater.

Follow Taormina Friends Club on Facebook and Instagram 

andrea-bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Ancient Theatre, Friday August 30th 2019 @ 9.30pm

 

The world’s most beloved tenor comes back to Taormina.

A great return to our city for the most loved Italian singer in the world.  A concert that promises to be special as the wonderful voice of Andrea Bocelli that will enchant the audience of taormina on August 30th

 

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): not available
Gallery: € 265,00
Upper circle (gold numbered seats): € 185,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 145,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 80,00

Where to stay

Hotel Villa Carlotta  Hotel Villa Ducale  Hotel Villa Schuler  Hotel La Pensione Svizzera

recommended by Taormina.it

Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.

In 1998, Bocelli was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. “The Prayer” is his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3] He captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records with the release of his classical album Sacred Arias, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts.[3]

Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 March 2010 for his contribution to Live Theater.

Follow Taormina Friends Club on Facebook and Instagram 

Antonello Venditti

1978 / 2018 Sotto il segno dei pesci

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 27th August 2019 @ 9.00pm

 

Antonio “Antonello” Venditti (born 8 March 1949) is an Italian singer-songwriter who became famous in the 1970s for the social themes of his songs.

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 92,00
Gallery: € 79,50
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 57,50
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 39,50

 

More on Antonello Venditti:

http://www.antonellovenditti.it/

 

Martha Argerich and Daniel Rivera

Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 25th August 2019 @ 9.00pm

 

Martha Argerich: Concert n. 1 in Mi bemolle Maggiore by F. Listz
David Rivera: Concert op. 16 in La minore by E. Grieg

 

TICKETS on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Stalls VIP (Parterre): € 100,00
Stalls (Parterre): € 80,00
Gallery: € 60,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 40,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 25,00

 

Here the two artists in J.Brahms, Variazioni sul tema di Haydn

Lithograph of act 1 in the premiere performance, by Pierre-Auguste Lamy, 1875

Carmen

opera by Georges Bizet

Ancient Theatre on

Wednesday August 21st 2019 @9.30pm

and

Saturday August 24th 2019 @9.30pm

 

Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. After the composer’s death the score was subject to significant amendment, including the introduction of recitative in place of the original dialogue; there is no standard edition of the opera, and different views exist as to what versions best express Bizet’s intentions.

 

T W O   D A T E S

TICKETS for August 21st >> on boxol.it and ticketone.it

TICKETS for August 24th >> on boxol.it and ticketone.it

 

Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 60,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00

 

More on Carmen

Original libretto (lyrics) Italian/French >> http://www.teatroallascala.org/includes/doc/2014-2015/carmen/libretto.pdf

Fiorella Mannoia

Personale Tour

Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Saturday 17 August 2019 @ 9.00pm

 

TICKETS on ticketone.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 52,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00

W Verdi e i Vespri Siciliani

performed by the Corps of Ballet of Milan

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 11th August, 2019

 

A ballet in two acts with famous ballets realised on the music masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi: Traviata, Aida, I Vespri Siciliani, Otello and Macbeth.

 

TICKETS on boxol.it
Stalls (Parterre): € 35,00
Gallery: € 35,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 25,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00