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Film Festival “Dolente Immagine”

A cycle of screenings dedicated to Vincenzo Bellini, the great Sicilian composer who lived in the early 1800s

Odeon Theatre (Via Teatrino Greco) and Casa del Cinema (Corso Umberto 61), September 4-23, 2021

 

FREE ENTRANCE but registration needed at
http://reg.spendingvbk.it/ProgrammaBellini.html
– QRcode on the manifesto
– Mobile/WhatsApp 0039 3917462146 (10.00am-1.00pm and 5.00-8.00pm)

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Film Festival “Dolente Immagine” 2021

CASA DEL CINEMA

Corso Umberto n. 61 – Opening hours: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Permanent exhibition “Dolente Immagine” till October 31st 2021
Video: https://www.facebook.com/fondazionetaorminartesicilia/videos/541505000413191 

 

CASA DEL CINEMA, 8.30 pm – The films

Saturday 4
Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

Sunday 5
Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri

 

ODEON THEATRE, 8.30 pm – Operas at the Cinema

Monday 6 > Projection of “Norma
Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Recorded at the Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” of Catania in 2005

Tuesday 7 > Projection of “La Straniera
Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini. Recorded t the Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” of Catania in 2017.
Direction: Andrea Cigni, Maestro: Sebastiano Rolli
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_straniera

Wednesday 8 > Projection of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Thursday 9 > Projection of “La Sonnambula

Saturday 11 > projection of “Beatrice di Tenda

Sunday 12 > projection of “I Puritani

 

ODEON THEATRE, 6.30 pm – The films

Tuesday 14
Callas Forever (ITA 2002, 111′) by Franco Zefirelli, with Fanny Ardant, Jeromy Irons
A 2002 biographical film, an homage to Zeffirelli’s friend, internationally acclaimed opera diva Maria Callas, whom he directed on stage in Norma, La traviata, and Tosca. It was his last film before his death in 2019.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callas_Forever

Wednesday 15
La Sonnambula (ITA 1952, 85′) by Cesare Barlacchi, with Gino Sirimberghi, Franca Tamantini

Thursday 16
Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

Friday 15
Casa Ricordi (ITA 1954, 11a’) by Carmine Gallone with Paola Stoppa, Maurice Ronet, Fosco Giachetti
The story of the family Ricordi

Saturday 18
Fitzcarraldo (GER 1982, 158′) by Werner Herzog, with Klaus Kinsky, Claudia Cardinale
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzcarraldo

Sunday 19
Maria by Callas (FRA 2017, 113′) by Tom Volf. A documentary with Maria Callas
A documentary film about the life and career of opera singer Maria Callas. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Her letters and unpublished memoirs are read by opera singer Joyce DiDonato.

 

CASA DEL CINEMA

Tuesday 21, 6.30 pm
Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri

Tuesday 21, 8.30 pm
The Divine Spark (UK 1935, 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Philip Holmes. Original version

Wednesday 22, 8.30 pm
Norma (ITA 1911, 11′)

followed by

Norma (ITA 2005, 120′) by Boris Airapetian, with Hasmik Papian, Gegam Grigorian

Thursday 23, 5.00 pm
5.00 pm > Vincenzo Bellini in the film history. Meeting with Franco La Magna
6.00 pm > Norma (ITA 1911, 11′)
6.30 pm > Casta Diva (ITA, 1935 – 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri
8.30 pm > The Divine Spark (UK 1935, 95′) by Carmine Gallone, with Martha Eggerth, Philip Holmes. Original version
10.30 pm > Casta Diva (ITA, 1954 – 98′) by Carmine Gallone, with Antonella Lualdi, Nadia Grey and Maurice Ronet

 

MORE INFO
Vincenzo Bellini (Catania 1801 – Puteaux 1835)
Fondazione Taormina Arte > www.taormina-arte.com – www.facebook.com/fondazionetaorminartesicilia

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Mahmood

Ghetto Olimpico Tour 2021

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 4th September 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

Alessandro Mahmoud (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro maˈmud], Egyptian Arabic: [mæħˈmuːd]; born 12 September 1992), was born in Milan to an Egyptian father and an Italian mother from Sardinia. He is known professionally as Mahmood, is an Italian singer-songwriter. He first came to prominence after competing in the sixth season of the Italian version of The X Factor. In 2019, he won the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Soldi”, and went on to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, finishing in 2nd place. His debut album, Gioventù bruciata, was released in February 2019 and debuted at number one on the Italian albums chart.

 

TICKETS on ticketone

Stalls (Parterre): € 59,00
Gallery: € 49,00
Upper circle: € 38,00

 

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Belliniana

Odeon Theatre, Friday 3rd September 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

TICKETS on boxol at € 12,00

Ticket Office in Taormina:

° Fondazione Taormina Arte > Corso Umberto 61 – mobile 0039 391 746 2146

 

 

MORE INFO

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La Traviata

An opera by Giuseppe Verdi

SICILIA CLASSICA FESTIVAL

Ancient Theatre, Tuesday 31st August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

PRODUCTION : Siciliarte Opera Management
DIRECTION: Salvo Dolce
CONDUCTOR: Alessandra Pipitone
ORCHESTRA: Orchestra Filarmonica Della Sicilia
CHORUS: Coro Lirico Mediterraneo
STAGING: Stefania Cotroneo
COSTUMES: Fabrizio Buttiglieri,
LIGHT DESIGNER: Gabriele Circo

 

La Traviata – Sicilia Classica Festival

CAST

Violetta Valery > Maria Francesca MAZZARA
Alfredo Germont > Alberto PROFETA
Giorgio Germont > Francesco VULTAGGIO
Flora Bervoix > Valentina VINTI
Annina > Ester Gabriella VENTURA
Gastone > Francesco CIPRI’
Barone Douphol > Alberto CRAPANZANO
Marchese D’Obigny > Claudio MANNINO
Doctor Grenvil > Davide MARCON
Giuseppe > Luigi MILAZZO
Un Commissario/Un Domestico di Flora > Settimo SCAMARDI

 

TICKETS on vivaticket (registration needed)

Gallery (Sector n. 2): € 66,00
Cavea (Lower circle – lateral): € 49,50
Cavea (Lower circle – central): € 55,00
Cavea (upper circle – lateral): € 38,50
Cavea (Lower circle – central): € 44,00

 

MORE INFO

www.siciliaclassicafestival.it

www.facebook.com/siciliaclassicafestival

 

SYNOPSIS

Place: Paris and its vicinity.
Time: Beginning of the 19th century

Act 1

The salon in Violetta’s house

Scene 1: Party (attrib. Carl d’Unker)
Violetta Valéry, a famed courtesan, throws a lavish party at her Paris salon to celebrate her recovery from an illness. Gastone, a viscount, has brought with him a friend, Alfredo Germont, a young bourgeois from a provincial family who has long adored Violetta from afar. While walking to the salon, Gastone tells Violetta that Alfredo loves her, and that while she was ill, he came to her house every day. Alfredo joins them, admitting the truth of Gastone’s remarks.

Baron Douphol, Violetta’s current lover, waits nearby to escort her to the salon; once there, the Baron is asked to give a toast, but refuses, and the crowd turns to Alfredo, who agrees to sing a brindisi – a drinking song (Alfredo, Violetta, chorus: Libiamo ne’ lieti calici – “Let’s drink from the joyful cups”).

From the next room, the sound of the orchestra is heard and the guests move there to dance. After a series of severe coughs and almost fainting, Violetta begins to feel dizzy and asks her guests to go ahead and to leave her to rest until she recovers. While the guests dance in the next room, Violetta looks at her pale face in her mirror. Alfredo enters and expresses his concern for her fragile health, later declaring his love for her (Alfredo, Violetta: Un dì, felice, eterea – “One day, happy and ethereal”). At first, she rejects him because his love means nothing to her, but there is something about Alfredo that touches her heart. He is about to leave when she gives him a flower, telling him to return it when it has wilted, which will be the very next day.

After the guests leave, Violetta wonders if Alfredo could actually be the one in her life (Violetta: È strano! … Ah, fors’ è lui – “Ah, perhaps he is the one”). But she concludes that she needs freedom to live her life (Violetta, Alfredo: Sempre libera – “Always free”). From off stage, Alfredo’s voice is heard singing about love as he walks down the street.

 

Act 2

Scene 1: Violetta’s country house outside Paris

Three months later, Alfredo and Violetta are living together in a peaceful country house outside Paris. Violetta has fallen in love with Alfredo and she has completely abandoned her former life. Alfredo sings of their happy life together (Alfredo: De’ miei bollenti spiriti / Il giovanile ardore – “The youthful ardor of my ebullient spirits”). Annina, the maid, arrives from Paris, and, when questioned by Alfredo, tells him that she went there to sell the horses, carriages and everything owned by Violetta to support their country lifestyle.

Alfredo is shocked to learn this and leaves for Paris immediately to settle matters himself. Violetta returns home and receives an invitation from her friend, Flora, to a party in Paris that evening. Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, is announced and demands that she break off her relationship with his son for the sake of his family, since he reveals that Violetta’s relationship with Alfredo has threatened his daughter’s engagement (Giorgio: Pura siccome un angelo, Iddio mi diè una figlia – “Pure as an angel, God gave me a daughter”) because of Violetta’s reputation. Meanwhile, he reluctantly becomes impressed by Violetta’s nobility, something which he did not expect from a courtesan. She responds that she cannot end the relationship because she loves him so much, but Giorgio pleads with her for the sake of his family. With growing remorse, she finally agrees (Violetta, Giorgio: Dite alla giovine, sì bella e pura, – “Tell the young girl, so beautiful and pure,”) and says goodbye to Giorgio. In a gesture of gratitude for her kindness and sacrifice, Giorgio kisses her forehead before leaving her weeping alone.

Violetta gives a note to Annina to send to Flora accepting the party invitation and, as she is writing a farewell letter to Alfredo, he enters. She can barely control her sadness and tears; she tells him repeatedly of her unconditional love (Violetta: Amami, Alfredo, amami quant’io t’amo – “Love me, Alfredo, love me as I love you”). Before rushing out and setting off for Paris, she hands the farewell letter to her servant to give to Alfredo.

Soon, the servant brings the letter to Alfredo and, as soon as he has read it, Giorgio returns and attempts to comfort his son, reminding him of his family in Provence (Giorgio: Di Provenza il mar, il suol chi dal cor ti cancellò? – “Who erased the sea, the land of Provence from your heart?”). Alfredo suspects that the Baron is behind his separation with Violetta, and the party invitation, which he finds on the desk, strengthens his suspicions. He decides to confront Violetta at the party. Giorgio tries to stop Alfredo, but he rushes out.

 

Scene 2: Party at Flora’s house

Act 2, scene 2 from Fife Opera’s 2004 production
At the party, the Marquis tells Flora that Violetta and Alfredo have separated, much to the amazement of everyone who had previously seen the happy couple. She calls for the entertainers to perform for the guests (Chorus: Noi siamo zingarelle venute da lontano – “We are gypsy girls who have come from afar”; Di Madride noi siam mattadori – “We are matadors from Madrid”). Gastone and his friends join the matadors and sing (Gastone, chorus, dancers: È Piquillo un bel gagliardo Biscaglino mattador – “Piquillo is a bold and handsome matador from Biscay”).

Violetta arrives with Baron Douphol. They see Alfredo at the gambling table. When he sees them, Alfredo loudly proclaims that he will take Violetta home with him. Feeling annoyed, the Baron goes to the gambling table and joins him in a game. As they bet, Alfredo wins some large sums until Flora announces that supper is ready. Alfredo leaves with handfuls of money.

As everyone is leaving the room, Violetta has asked Alfredo to see her. Fearing that the Baron’s anger will lead him to challenge Alfredo to a duel, she gently asks Alfredo to leave. Alfredo misunderstands her apprehension and demands that she admit that she loves the Baron. In grief, she makes that admission and, furiously, Alfredo calls the guests to witness what he has to say (Questa donna conoscete? – “You know this woman?”). He humiliates and denounces Violetta in front of the guests and then throws his winnings at her feet in payment for her services. She faints onto the floor. The guests reprimand Alfredo: Di donne ignobile insultatore, di qua allontanati, ne desti orror! (“Ignoble insulter of women, go away from here, you fill us with horror!”).

In search of his son, Giorgio enters the hall and, knowing the real significance of the scene, denounces his son’s behavior (Giorgio, Alfredo, Violetta, chorus: Di sprezzo degno sè stesso rende chi pur nell’ira la donna offende. – “A man, who even in anger, offends a woman renders himself deserving of contempt.”).

Flora and the ladies attempt to persuade Violetta to leave the dining room, but Violetta turns to Alfredo: Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core non-puoi comprendere tutto l’amore… – “Alfredo, Alfredo, you can’t understand all the love in this heart…”.

 

Act 3

Violetta’s bedroom

Dr. Grenvil tells Annina that Violetta will not live long since her tuberculosis has worsened. Alone in her room, Violetta reads a letter from Alfredo’s father telling her that the Baron was only wounded in his duel with Alfredo. He has informed Alfredo of the sacrifice she has made for him and his sister; and he is sending his son to see her as quickly as possible to ask for her forgiveness. But Violetta senses it is too late (Violetta: Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti – “Farewell, lovely, happy dreams of the past”).

Annina rushes in the room to tell Violetta of Alfredo’s arrival. The lovers are reunited and Alfredo suggests that they leave Paris (Alfredo, Violetta: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo – “We will leave Paris, O beloved”).

But it is too late: she knows her time is up (Alfredo, Violetta: Gran Dio!…morir sì giovane – “Great God!…to die so young”). Alfredo’s father enters with the doctor, regretting what he has done. After singing a duet with Alfredo, Violetta suddenly revives, exclaiming that the pain and discomfort have left her. A moment later, she dies in Alfredo’s arms.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Carl Brave

Ancient Theatre, Monday 30th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

Carlo Luigi Coraggio (born 23 September 1989), better known as Carl Brave, is an Italian artist and record producer. He rose to fame in 2017, as part of the duo Carl Brave x Franco126, with the album Polaroid.

As a solo artist, he released two albums, Notti Brave (2018), which topped the Italian Albums Chart, and Coraggio (2020). As of 2020, the singer has sold over 2 million copies in Italy, thanks to successful singles and collaborations “Fotografia” with Francesca Michielin and Fabri Fibra, Elisa’s single “Vivere tutte le vite”, “Posso” with Max Gazzè and “Spigoli” with Tha Supreme.

 

 

TICKETS on ticketone and boxol

Stalls (Parterre – Sector n. 1): € 57,50
Gallery (Sector n. 2): € 46,00
Cavea (Upper circle – Sector n. 3): € 34,50

 

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Tenors in concert

Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra

Premio Internazionale Giuseppe Di Stefano

Ancient Theatre,  Sunday 29th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

The tenors – Celso Abelo, Piero Giuliacci, Aquiles Machado and Chris Merritt – will present you with an unforgettable evening.

Homage to Dante “E la bella Trinacria” of Marco Frisina
Canto VIII of the Purgatory

Francesco Costa director

Coro Lirico Siciliano

 

Coro Lirico Siciliano

 

Ensemble Orchestra of the “Festival Lirico dei Teatri di Pietra”
Giulia Russo piano
Liu Yi direction
Wu Xiaohai lights
Liu Jingyu executive direction

 

 

TICKETS on ticketone and postoriservato

Gallery: € 47,00/62,00
Cavea (Upper circle): € 17,00/32,00

 

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+39 351 546 0236 (Ph. and WhatsApp)

 

WHERE TO STAY

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COLAPESCEDIMARTINO

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 28th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

 

TICKETS on ticketone and boxol

Gallery: € 48,0
Cavea (Upper circle – central): € 40,00
Cavea (Upper circle – lateral): € 34,00

 

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Le confessioni di una donna

Odeon Theatre, Saturday 28th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

TICKETS on boxol at €12,00

Ticket Office in Taormina:

° Fondazione Taormina Arte > Corso Umberto 61 – mobile 0039 391 746 2146
° Tabacchi La 6 > Via Bagnoli Croci 90 – Ph. 0039 0942 23 226

 

MORE INFO

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Gigi D’Alessio

“Mani e Voce” Tour

Ancient Theatre, Friday 27th June 2021 @ 9.30

 

Luigi “Gigi” D’Alessio (born 24 February 1967) is an Italian popular singer and Neapolitan singer-songwriter. In his career, he has sold over 20 million records.

 

 

TICKETS on ticketone and boxol

Stalls (Parterre – Sector n. 1): € 74,00
Gallery (Sector n. 2): € 74,00
Cavea (Upper circle – Sector n. 3): € 49,50

 

MORE INFO

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WHERE TO STAY

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Il fantasma dell’Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Odeon Theatre, Fridat 27th August 2021 @ 9.30 pm

 

TICKETS on boxol at €12,00

Ticket Office in Taormina:

° Fondazione Taormina Arte > Corso Umberto 61 – mobile 0039 391 746 2146
° Tabacchi La 6 > Via Bagnoli Croci 90 – Ph. 0039 0942 23 226

 

MORE INFO

Fondazione Taormina Arte – www.taoarte.it

 

WHERE TO STAY

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