Walt Disney chooses the Opera to talk about himself and tell his stories

"I know you / I walked with you once upon a dream / I know you / That look in your eyes is so familiar, a gleam / And I know it's true / That visions are seldom all they seem / But if I know you, I know what you'll do / You'll love me at once / The way you did once upon a dream / But if I know you, I know what you'll do / You'll love me at once / The way you did once upon a dream / I know you / I walked with you once upon a dream / I know you / That gleam in your eyes is so familiar, a gleam / And I know it's true / That visions are seldom all they seem / But if I know you, I know what you'll do / You'll love me at once / The way you did once upon a dream"

Thus sang Aurora while meeting for the first time the handsome Prince Philip. We are talking about the movie Sleeping Beauty, a Disney theatrical animated feature film released in 1959 and inspired by the homonymous fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The Sleeping Beauty (in Italian La Bella Addormentata) was one of the most well-finished films, in all its aspects, by the American animator, who wanted a soprano to give voice to the beautiful princess. We are talking about the American artist Mary Costa (Knoxville, 5 aprile 1930) who was chosen for her qualities by “uncle” Walt himself.

Add a comment

Leggi tutto

Sebastian Schwarz: the Teatro Regio in Turin has a new superintendent

In these days news has been given of the appointment by the steering committee of Sebastian F. Schwarz to the role of superintendent of the Teatro Regio of Turin.
Born in 1974 in Germany, former artistic director of the Vienna Chamber Opera and general director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Schwarz is a judge in various international art competitions. Furthermore, in 2015 he was awarded the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, for the merits acquired in spreading the arts and helping Italian artists in the world.
Scelto tra una rosa di 100 possibili candidati, tra cui era il più giovane, Sebastian Schwarz subentrerà ufficialmente al sovrintendente William Graziosi solo in seguito alla ratifica della nomina da parte del ministro della Cultura Alberto Bonisoli.
Selected from a list of 100 possible candidates, among which he was the youngest, Sebastian Schwarz will officially take over from the previous superintendent William Graziosi following the ratification of the appointment by the Italian Minister of Culture Alberto Bonisoli.
Informed of the appointment by Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, he was surprised and happy, and ready for the challenges that this task entails. The first and most important, probably, will be to bring back to the theatre the spectators that they have lost over the years.

Dario Medaglia

Add a comment

The Opera in the time of social media: 2.0

Starting from the criticism of the bourgeoisie by great composers such as Verdi's La Traviata to the most recent sets with mobile phones in hand, The Opera has always been written and performed as a reflection of society.

How can the Opera adapt to the 21st century? The answer is: in reality it already does, it is influenced in the direction, in the costumes, in the technical / scenic choices, in the lights. Just think of the live shows that all theaters do. In short, 2.0 came to life in the theater world.

The thing that has changed most are the artists themselves who take care of social media and have professionals who deal only with this aspect; on the other hand, how would it be possible to manage them alone? Let's take Anna Netrebko, it counts more than 467 thousand followers only on Instagram, not to mention Aida Garifullina, which even counts 742 thousand, about three times the numbers on The Metropolitan Opera of New York (MetOpera) Instagram page.

Add a comment

Leggi tutto

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

Add a comment

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.

Add a comment

Leggi tutto