Franco Zeffirelli has left us, a unique director who has marked the history of the Opera

The Opera world dress in mourning again a few months after the death of the famous soprano Montserrat Caballé. Today, Franco Zeffirelli has left us, at the age of 96, a director, unique in its kind, who has forever marked the history of the Opera.

His directing, his theatrical and cinematographic productions are unforgettable. A versatile artist, he has designed our imagery in his image and likeness, taking our hands and accompanying us from Egypt of Aida to the Beijing of our beloved Turandot. Born in 1923, with passion and dedication he built a career full of productions, successes and international awards, among which we remember: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; Italian Medal of Merit for Culture and Art; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Primetime Emmy Awards.

There are no words to describe the person of Franco Zeffirelli, director, screenwriter, set designer, politician, who made Italy proud in the world, thanks to his talent, his versatility and his untiring dedication to work, of which his last reinterpretation of the Traviata (which is about to be inaugurated) is an example.

Today another important chapter closes, not only of Italian history, but of the whole world.

Original article by Martina Corona

Translated by Dario Medaglia

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Ten difficulties with the Opera for those who are beginners

Usually we hear people say, about the Opera, that "one hates it" or "one loves it", but it is not exactly so, or rather, not really. Approaching the Opera, if you are a beginner and you have no one who can help, it is a path that can be really difficult, but with some small tips, which we will explain in another article, you can overcome the wall that separates you from this ancient but always present art. Here are the 10 most common difficulties encountered when dealing with the Opera:

1. The way it is seen.
The Opera is perceived as a world too far from the contemporary one, followed by a few loyalists who do not want to let go of their love for the antiquity.

2. The public.
The Opera public also influences the perception of this world. Today's young people, in fact, associate the Opera with arrogant lords and old snobby ladies with furs.

3. How it is promoted.
Even the promotion of the theater season is usually consistent with the two previous points. Advertising posters around the city made ad hoc for those who already know the Opera.

4. Its origins.
The Opera was born in the seventeenth century and, for non-enthusiasts, remained there. Also in this case, as in the previous ones, there is nothing more incorrect.

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DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO DARE TO DREAM

Today I will not write one of the usual articles dedicated to new knowledge or fun articles for people who have never heard of Opera, no.

Today I will write for all the people who try to make music their job, from the boys who spend whole days studying, forgetting the world outside their room, to adults who have realized that their passion could not be extinguished and day after day, against all the certainties of life, they put themself on the line. This article is dedicated to you. To all those who have big dreams and who throughout their lives are told to keep their feet on the ground, to all those who have left their homes, their families and their customs to study music here in Italy, the cradle of music and opera.

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TEN CURIOSITIES ABOUT TENORS

1. The tenor is egocentric. If you think the soprano is that, you have never met a tenor in your life!

2. The tenor is always in fashion: he spends a lot of money on items such as shoes and watches; his attention to detail is really shocking!

3. The tenor is the "prima Donna" of the situation, he always wants to prevaricate the soprano even trying high notes that never end...

4. The tenor is metereopathic. If his day is a "no" day, it is better to leave him alone, especially if he has to sing.

5. The tenor is a real Don Giovanni, so sopranos be careful!

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TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA

1. The term "orchestra" derives from the Greek ὀρχήστρα and was used to indicate the place reserved for the choir, the instrumentalists and the dancers during the theatrical performances.

2. Orchestras grew numerically especially in the nineteenth century with Richard Wagner, who added numerous instruments for the representation of the Ring of the Nibelung.

3. There are four types of orchestras: chamber ensembles, chamber orchestra, philharmonic orchestra and symphony orchestra.

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