Saturday, July 22, 2017
press release: On July 6 and 8, over 200 Italian and Iranian musicians will make history with two concerts, performing together on stage in Tehran and Ravenna led by Italian cultural ambassador, Riccardo Muti. The project, instigated and curated by the Ravenna Festival in collaboration with the Roudaki Foundation, Tehran, celebrates 20 years of “The Roads of Friendship ” – an annual lay pilgrimage, re-establishing ancient ties to places of historical importance. Joining Riccardo Muti on stage in both Tehran and Ravenna are the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, musicians from Italy’s major theatres, the chorus of Piacenza’s Municipal Theatre and members of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra and Choir. The programme is dedicated to highlights from Verdi’s operas with Italian soloists Piero Pretti, Luca Salsi and Riccardo Zanellato. This significant occasion comes to light less than two years after the re-birth of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra – whose eight-decade history has accompanied the events of the Country – and is the first international collaboration of Iranian and Western orchestras. Following three days of rehearsals in Tehran, the first concert will take place on July 6 in the elegant Vahdat Hall, home to the Roudaki Foundation. Following their return to Europe, the Italian musicians will host their Iranian counterparts for the second concert on July 8 at Ravenna’s 4000 seater concert hall – the Palazzo Mauro de André – and the event will be filmed for international broadcast by RAI TV. In advance of travelling to Iran, Riccardo Muti commented “Better than economy, better than politics, better than verbal languages, music can provide direct communication, tugging at the heartstrings with no need for mediation. And this leads to the concerts of the “Road of Friendship” programme, to the heart of their very reason for being.”
The video artist Shirin Neshat, who is directing the new Verdi Aida in Salzburg with Anna Netrebko in the title role, has been reflecting on its personal significance. ‘Both in my work and in my private life, there is this dichotomy between being a woman and political tyranny and oppression,’ she told a Salzburg audience yesterday. ‘I identify with Aida… I know how Aida must feel; you undergo a process (of exile), you realise you can go on, that you can fall in love again, adapt to the circumstances.’ Aida is a survivor, she adds, experiencing phases of nostalgia, of rage, of hope for a return – all the while accepting that there is no way back. ‘Sometimes the boundaries between Aida and myself are blurred.’
Ekaterina Bakanova as Violetta and Atalla Ayan as Alfredo in La traviata, The Royal Opera © 2017 ROH. Photographed by Tristram Kenton A very special #ROHtraviata tonight. Such an achingly beautiful Act II. For once lost for words. — James Whitehouse (@JMJWhitehouse) July 4, 2017 @ROHchorus - goosebumps to end act2 & not due2 Aberdeen weather! Magic sound; great picture. #bpbigscreens #ROHtraviata — Ian White (@iancharleswhite) July 4, 2017 #ROHtraviata fabulous performance! Love from Swansea. — Janet S (@Carefulthought) July 4, 2017 A post shared by CC (@lookagain_26) on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:54am PDT #BPBigScreens please please please bring more shows to #Aberdeen #DuthiePark !!! We love you so much!!! — Maz (@_m_a_z_) July 4, 2017 #ROHtraviata second act beautiful especially the duets in each scene. #TrafalgarSquare #bpbigscreens now very atmospheric ???????????? — WEST END SINGS (@thewestendsings) July 4, 2017 That was an #ROHtraviata to rival the Solti/Gheorghiu/Nucci performance. Beautiful and moving. — James Whitehouse (@JMJWhitehouse) July 4, 2017 A post shared by Lesley Andrew (@lesley_1976) on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:56pm PDT #ROHtraviata had me sobbing by the end, as always! Sublime performances by all ✨ — Marina Chapman (@marina_chapman) July 4, 2017 Bravo, bravo, bravissimo @ROHchorus #ROHtraviata #bpbigscreens — Simon H (@FreelanceCynic) July 4, 2017 #ROHtraviata @duthie park with 2 of my favs. Loving the show the singing, the dress wish it was warmer pic.twitter.com/Yfbic7Bnfg — Katrina Whittingham (@WhKatrina) July 4, 2017 A post shared by Maz (@mazkew_) on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:50am PDT What did you think of La traviata on BP Big Screens 2017? Share your thoughts via the comments below. Turandot will be relayed live on BP Big Screens across the country on 14 July 2017. Find a screening near you .
The opera company nearest to the site of the disaster, Opera Holland Park, will perform Verdi’s Requiem on August 1 to raise funds for the victims – among whom is one cherished member of OHP’s staff. Tickets have just gone on sale online . The soloists will be Anne Sophie Duprels, Yvonne Howard, Neal Cooper and Barnaby Rea, with the Opera Holland Park Chorus, the City of London Sinfonia and conductors Sian Edwards and Peter Robinson.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra are about to discover (you read it here first) that they are heading for China in a fortnight, their first trip to the country, and completely out of the blue. What happened, we hear, is that China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing asked the veteran conductor José Serebrier to bring an orchestra of his choice for the season’s final concert on Sunday, 23 July 2017. José had fallen in love with Dublin a little while back and thought it would be nice to take the Irish out to China for a day – just the one concert of Verdi and Glazunov – and then back to the duty-free. There will be an official announcement tomorrow.
Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata and the "Grand March" from Aida. Although his work was sometimes criticized for using a generally diatonic rather than a chromatic musical idiom and having a tendency toward melodrama, Verdis masterworks dominate the standard repertoire a century and a half after their composition.
Great composers of classical music