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The awkward middle child: Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes
‘Why can’t it just be normal?’ This was the implied complaint in an elderly gentleman’s question to Stefan Herheim, after his dramaturge; Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach had taken us through their concept for a new production of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. This was ostensibly in response to Herheim and Meier-Dörzenbach’s ‘alternative’ setting for the piece: instead of thirteenth century Palermo, the plot unfolds within the Paris Opéra of Verdi’s time, thereby engaging the history of the piece itself as a dramatic force. This is especially relevant for Vêpres, considering the Draconian influence that the commissioning theater had on the shape on the piece, namely the requirement of a ballet in the third act, which was at odds with the Italian melodramme Verdi was accustomed to composing. But what is the effect of not ‘being normal’, and what advantage does it have in bringing one of Verdi’s more obscure operas to light?
There are a number of great outdoor FAI events to celebrate the Spring (Italian): http://www.fondoambiente.it/Attivita-FAI/Index.aspx?q=eventi-per-famiglie-per-pasquetta-e-25-aprile
For example, there is an intriguing set of activities at the Bosco di San Francesco (Italian ): http://www.fondoambiente.it/Attivita-FAI/Index.aspx?q=vivi-la-primavera-al-bosco
“Concerts of sacred music, yoga in the woods, picnics among olive groves and glades, special tours and fun games for the kids: discover events at Bosco di San Francesco, Assisi, Easter, Easter Monday, the weekend of April 25 and the long weekend of the first of May, live with us in the spring. - See more at: http://www.fondoambiente.it/Attivita-FAI/Index.aspx?q=vivi-la-primavera-al-bosco#sthash.8MIZgqc7.dpuf”
Ci sentiamo presto, Lina
Italy photos: Ponte Fabricio, Rome, Italy by Lorenzo Perego Visioni Italiane
Since the fateful moment that I discovered opera, I have wanted to see an opera at La Scala. I have heard that the Italian audience is very knowledgeable and demonstrative and I have dreamed of being surrounded by Italian opera-goers at an Italian opera. Since I manage to cry at practically every opera I see, whether it is out of joy or sorrow, I hope I will fit right in!
Excerpt from WalksofItaly article:
"Easter in Italy is a major holiday—in some ways, it’s even more important than Christmas! Celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (yes, we’re confused too), Easter in 2013 falls on Sunday, March 31. (And if you want to sound like a local, don’t call it Easter… call it Pasqua!).
If you’re going to be in Italy during the Easter holidays, here are 5 things to expect!”
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Italy photos: Ostia Antica, Lazio, Italy by Visioni Italiane
We are publishing the Q&A from the interview in a series of articles…stay tuned for the next article…Lina
Q: What is one of your favorite places in Italy and why should people visit there?
A: Florence is city where the mix of cultures and ideas that we describe in our book is amply in evidence. It is a dreaming city. Historically, it has had a good mixture of art and science. In fact there was a kind of “New Made in Italy”, but 600 years ago during the Renaissance. At one point we even considered incorporating the term Renaissance into the title. The Renaissance was certainly a beautiful age of humanity. During that time the culture was cosmopolitan, very open to other cultures.
Leonardo da Vinci of course mixed art and science and we make reference to the Leonardo III project in the book. That project has had a lot of success around the world, reconstructing and revitalizing the designs and ideas of da Vinci.
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When people think of Northern Italy they usually think Milano and fashion, Venice and the Laguna and maybe Turin with the Egyptian Museum. One well known area, but perhaps less considered is Lake Como, Lago di Como; a beautiful Lake that sits on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Famous among Northern Italians for short day-trips or romantic getaways, it is also a favorite destination for Germans, Swiss and Northern Europeans for their summer vacations.
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