MACERATA OPERA SHOWS IT OFF
Scheduled from 20th July through 12th August 2012: La Traviata, La Bohème and Carmen
Macerata will turn into a big, outdoor stage. The Macerata Opera Festival announces a programme full of events that will encompass the whole city. Three works are scheduled at the Sferisterio this year: La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini and Carmen by Georges Bizet – three immortal yet now updated classics. They come along with the Festival Off, a new cultural programme that will crowd the streets of
the city thanks to readings, exhibitions, shows and concerts.
In the words of the regional Councillor for Culture, Pietro Marcolini, “this year the festival programme has successfully combined two different demands: on the one hand, the need to be in keeping with a popular and traditional mood; on the other hand, that of meeting with rigour and formal quest. A perfect example of this is the tribute to stage designer Josef Svoboda, after ten years from his death, and his ‘Traviata degli specchi’.
I would also like to mention the effort made by the institutions involved, that made their best to combine quality with strict, transparent and accurate management of all productions. Finally, the side events to the three main performances, which will surely draw a big audience, represent a sign of opening to the territory and, in particular, to the youngsters, who will make the Sferisterio a big celebration of music.”
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be dedicated to the opera performances to be held at the Sferisterio during four weeks, from 20th July to 12th August. The remaining days, from Monday to Thursday, will be jazzed up by the Festival Off, which presents a rich programme that winks the eye at the youngsters and the children.
“Macerata will turn into an outdoor theatre for the whole duration of the festival, which has been organised in collaboration with the two Universities of Macerata and Camerino, the Academy of Fine Arts and the local associations,” said the artistic director Francesco Micheli. The opera evenings at the Sferisterio go along with a number of appointments
during the week that will range over a variety of subjects: from the gala concert in homage to Mario Del Monaco to the ballet performance by Roberto Bolle; from the events for children to street recitals. In the context of these appointments, off-programme activities are going to be held, such as the Aperitivi Culturali at 12 and Pomeridiana.”
This year, the opera season comes to the 48th edition, polished in both its name and image. This is going to be a festival with an international orientation as far as the quality of its productions and the sensitive attention towards the territory and the youngsters are concerned. In the words of the president of the Associazione Arena Sferisterio, Romano Carancini, “the prediction is promising: we are working in different directions and
involving the groups and associations of citizens. Our efforts will reach their climax on 9th August, when the Notte dell’Opera is scheduled. I can also tell you in advance that we have organised an evening with Dante Ferretti, which will allow the occasion to celebrate his latest achievements.”
The Marche Region supports the event, together with: the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of the Province of Macerata, the Chamber of Commerce of Macerata, and Società Civile dello Sferisterio Eredi dei Cento Consorti. The official sponsor of the festival is Banca Marche. As the vice-president of Arena Sferisterio, Antonio Pettinari commented, “this is a very important season. In a moment of drastic
cuts to the cultural sector, we have managed to balance our budget with no losses, thanks to the containment of costs. Nevertheless, we have been able to increase the cultural offer, without sacrificing quality. This big festival represents an opportunity for the whole territory.”
Macerata Opera Festival starts on 20th July with La Traviata (to be repeated on 29th July, 4th and 12th August), as staged at the Sferisterio in 1992 by director Henning Brockhaus and stage designer Josef Svoboda. The Greek soprano Mirtò Papatanasiu plays Violetta Valéry, having already performed the role on the most important international stages.
Alongside, a promising tenor, Ivan Magrì as Alfredo and the young and well-known Luca Salsi, with his clear Verdian voice playing Giorgio Germont. This timeless opera performance will be the ideal showcase for the talented conductor from the Marche region, Daniele Belardinelli.
The next work on the bill is La Bohème, which premieres on 21st July (to be repeated on 27th July, 5th and 10th August). The direction is entrusted to Leo Muscato, one of the most important directors in our country. Following his many successes in Wien and Venice, Francesco Meli debuts in Macerata as Rodolfo. With him, the excellent Carmen Giannattasio in the role of Mimì. A strong Colline is played by Andrea Concetti, who celebrates his first twenty years of career, started in this very city, Macerata. The expert hands of Paolo Arrivabeni will conduct this demanding orchestral score, being him a
conductor of absolute international prestige.
The series of three works presented at the Arena Sferisterio is closed by Carmen, which will be staged on 22nd July (to be repeated on 28th July, 3rd and 11th August). A young and brilliant woman director as well as leading artist of the Piccolo Teatro, Serena Sinigaglia, will be in charge of staging the opera-symbol of womanhood par excellance.
In the role of Carmen Veronica Simeoni, accompanied by a very much acclaimed artist here in Macerata: Roberto Aronica. Also in this case, a conductor of international fame: Dominique Trottein.
For the works on the bill, the Festival makes use of the FORM – Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, the Coro Lirico Marchigiano “V. Bellini”, the Banda “Salvadei” Città di Macerata and their choir of white voices Pueri Cantores “D. Zamberletti”.