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Verdi Festival 2023 | XXIII edition • Parma and Busseto
Among the main events of the Festival are three new opera productions: The Lombards at the first Crusade, The Troubadour and the chamber adaptation Falstaff. Everything in the world is a joke; also scheduled Nabucco in concert form, the Requiem and a Verdian Gala
The Green Festivali, one of the most important Italian cultural events, arrives at XXIII edition, on stage from 16 September to 16 October 2023 mainly a Parma, with stages a Busseto is Fidenza.

The rich and varied program presents three new setups, The Lombards at the first Crusade is The Troubadour hosted at the Teatro Regio in Parma, and a chamber version of Falstaff. Everything in the world is a joke proposed at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto, while the operaNabuccowill be carried out in concert form at the Magnani Theater in Fidenza. They enrich the program Requiem Massis the Gala Verdiano, the latter in support of the Viva Verdi project promoted by the Ministry of Culture for the acquisition and valorisation of the composer's house-museum.

Pier Luigi PizziDavide LivermoreManuel Renga they sign the new stagings of the works, directed respectively by Francesco LanzillottaFrancesco Ivan CiampaAlessandro Palumbo, while Giampaolo Bisanti will get on the podium for Nabucco, Omer Meir Wellber for the Gala and Oksana Lyniv he will conduct the Requiem.

Among the protagonists on stage Eleonora Buratto, Daniela Barcelona, Francesca Dotto, Lydia Fridman, Federica Lombardi, Marta Torbidoni, Clementine Margaine, Marco Ciaponi, Freddie De Tommaso, Gregory Kunde, Riccardo Massi, Antonio Poly, Elia Fabbian, Marko Mimica, Vladimir Stoyanov, Franco Vassal, Michele Pertusi, Marco Spotti, Roberto Tagliavini.


The program


The Lombards at the first Crusade

The XXIII Verdi Festival inaugurates gThursday 21 September 2023 (8pm) at the Teatro Regio in Parma with a new production de The Lombards at the first Crusade: the setup And entrusted to the direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi who also signs the scenes, costumes and videos. He goes up to the podium Francesco Lanzillotta, at the head of Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic he was born in Choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma prepared by Martino Faggiani. Guest for the first time at the Regio di Parma and at the Verdi Festival, the Roman Maestro will conduct the opera incritical edition of the score edited by David R.B. Kimbell, presented for the first time in Parma. Protagonists in the cast Lydia Fridman making her debut in the role of Giselda, Antonio Poli (Oronte), Michele Pertusi (They pay), Giovanni Sala (Arvino).

Reruns scheduled Friday 29 September, Saturday 7 October (8pm), is Sunday 15 October 2023 (3.30 pm).

The Troubadour

Also at the Teatro Regio in Parma on Sunday 24 September 2023 (8 pm) it will be staged The Troubadour in new layout signed by Davide Livermore, also making his debut at the Teatro Regio and at the Verdi Festival. The scenes are from Giò Forma, the costumes of Anna Verde, the videos of D-Wok, the lights of Antonio Castro. The work, in co-production with the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, is entrusted to the wand of Francesco Ivan Ciampa driving theOrchestra and Choir of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna prepared by Gea Garatti Ansini. There score And proposal in the critical edition of David Lawton. Among the protagonists on stage, Franco Vassallo in the role of Count di Luna, Francesca Dotto like Leonora, Clementine Margaine, Azucena, Riccardo MassI, Manrico, Roberto Tagliavini is Marco Spotti who alternate in Ferrando's part.

Repeats Sunday 1 October (3.30 pm), Thursday 5 and 12 October 2023 (8 pm).

Falstaff. Everything in the world is a joke

Complete the triptych of new productions Falstaff. Everything in the world is a joke, debuting Friday September 22, 2023 (8pm) in the treasure chest of Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Busseto. The show presents Verdi's masterpiece in the successful formula inaugurated last year with Rigoletto and the curse, which presents the complete work in a more intimate and intimate chamber dimension, relying on the same creative team: the direction is signed by Manuel Renga, the sets and costumes are by Aurelio Colombo, the lights of Giorgio Morelli. The musical direction lies with Alessandro Palumbo, also curator of the arrangement for ensemble, formed by Kyiv Virtuosi String Quintet and come on Wind instruments of La Toscanini; they alternate in the title role of Sir John Franco Vassallo and Elijah Fabbian.

Repeats on 30 September (8pm), 8 October (3.30pm) and 14 October (8pm).

Nabucco (in concert form)

The Verdi Festival returns to Girolamo Magnani Theater in Fidenza with Nabucco in concert form, proposed in double repetition on September 28 is the October 6, 2023 (8pm), with the direction of Giampaolo Bisanti on the podium of the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, he was born in Choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma prepared by Martino Faggiani. Protagonist in the eponymous role is the baritone Vladimir Stoyanov, supported for the main parts by Marco Ciaponi (Ishmael), Marko Mimicry (Zechariah), Martha Turbidons (Abigaille), Catherine Piva (Fenena). The critical edition of the score is edited by Roger Parker.

For the occasion, the historic acoustic chamber designed and painted by Girolamo Magnani himself will be set up on the stage: a masterpiece in ten panels, belonging to the Theater's scenic equipment since 1861 and recently rediscovered and subjected to careful restoration, completed in 2011 .

Requiem Mass

Sara Oksana Lyniv to conduct Verdi's sacred masterpiece, la Requiem Mass scheduled for Regio Theater of Parma Saturday September 23, 2023 (8pm). The Ukrainian musician will be on the podium ofOrchestra of the Municipal Theater of Bologna (of which she is Musical Director), of Choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma prepared by Martino Faggiani, of the Choir of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna prepared by Gea Garatti Ansini. Soloists, the soprano Federica Lombardi, the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcelona, the tenor Freddie De Tommaso, the bass Michele Pertusi; the critical edition edited by David B. Rosen.

Concerts and shows

The Gala Verdiano, the October 10, 2023 at the Teatro Regio in Parma, the celebrations of Giuseppe Verdi's 210th birthday close: he takes to the podium Omer Meir Wellber  leading the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic and the Teatro Regio Chorus, while the stage will welcome an exceptional cast composed of Eleonora Buratto, Clementine Margaine, Gregory Kunde, Michele Pertusi. The rich programme, entirely by Verdi, sees alternating overtures, choral pieces, arias and scenes from I Vespri Siciliani, Otello, Macbeth, Ernani, I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, Nabucco, Aida, Don Carlo.

The concert, created with the support of Reggio Parma Festival, is part of the project Long live Verdi promoted by the Ministry of Culture for the acquisition and valorization of the composer's house-museum in Sant'Agata di Villanova sull'Arda.

Back on September 27 (8 pm) al Regio Theater of Parma, in its eleventh edition, Fire of joy, the charity opera gala organized by the Verdiani Enthusiasts Group Club of 27. Donato Renzetti directs the Parma Philharmonic and the “Giuseppe Verdi” Choir of Parma, Choir Master Claudio Cirelli. The great international performers will be soloists Anna Pirozzi, Vittoriana De Amicis, Veronica Simeoni, Giulio Pelligra, Luca Salsi, Michele Pertusi.

TO Busseto the Verdi Festival 2023 is completed with a Choral concert (October 1) and a Lyrical-symphonic concert (13 October), a Fidenza with a Verdi recital (protagonists Gregory Kunde is Francesca Dotto accompanied on the piano by Gianluca Ascheri, October 11th).

TO Parma debuts October 13th Literally Green dedicated to the Trovatore, with the reciting voice of Alexander Precious, a world premiere commission created by the Società dei Concerti di Parma: the Neapolitan actor narrates Il Trovatore through the words of the composer himself taken from letters selected by Giuseppe Martini, with music from the opera performed by Maximum Mercelli to the flute e Giampaolo Bandini on the guitar.

Worth mentioning again is the particular homage to Verdi proposed on 3 October:   Candlelight. Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi by candlelight will bring the Maestro's music, performed live by Ivan Fourcher on the piano and Arthur Escriva on the trumpet, in an intimate and evocative atmosphere, surrounded by thousands of flames.

Two off events in the Festival program take place at the Wopa Workout Pasubio, in the heart of the nascent "District of creative businesses and urban regeneration" of Parma: the opera-theatrical work Otello Circus (in an old abandoned circus the protagonist of one of the most famous Shakespearean tragedies relives his condemnation through the story) and Opera Crime. Crime at the Opera, an interactive show based on Rigoletto, which involves the participation of spectators through a dedicated app.

Verdi Academy

The Accademia Verdiana is the protagonist at the Verdi Festival with its students engaged in the works on the bill, in the review of Midday concerts It is in the Gala concert of which they will be exceptional godmother and godfather Anna Pirozzi is Michele Pertusi, appointment that the October 16 will seal the 2023 Verdi Festival.

Verdi Off

The billboard integrates the festive and widespread spirit of Verdi Off, in its eighth edition, which on 16 September inaugurates the 2023 Verdi Festival with the colorful Street Parade which will invade the streets of Parma together with singers, dancers and actors. The calendar of events of the event is very rich and impossible to summarize, including concerts, exhibitions, installations, meetings, special projects with the involvement of local artists and associations; the detailed calendar can be consulted here:  

There is more

The Verdi Festival renews and strengthens its collaboration with The Toscanini, the Municipal Theater of Bologna and their artistic complexes and with the Choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma prepared by Martino Faggiani and continues the scientific collaboration withNational Institute of Verdian Studies.

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