Savona: Lyrical Contaminations/Festival 20.20

The Mayor of Savona Ilaria Caprioglio - Lyrical Contaminations Festival
The Mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio

Savona | Can we imagine a future full of beauty and opportunity? We can. Also (and especially) in times ‘forced’ by the coronavirus. It is the courageous bet that the Opera Giocosa of Savona and the Municipality wanted to launch in one of the most uncertain and difficult periods known in the new millennium by humanity. “Tied together by the invisible and saving thread of music”, the performances of “Lyrical Contaminations/Festival 20.20” will make the summer on Priamar even more magical bringing a new and hopeful breath to the first half of August in Savona.

Starting at 21:30 – with a surprise prologue on Thursday 30 July, at the same time, in front of the Chiabrera theatre – there will be seven pearls that will make that invisible thread concrete.

“In music, contamination is one of the processes of musical creation and is synonymous with regeneration or innovation,” comments Giovanni Di Stefano, president and artistic director of the Opera Giocosa, the only traditional opera house in the North West; in this difficult season we want to be present to remember the infinite possibilities that music can give by moving from one state to another, from one contamination to another, because the contentment of art is the highest form of the human condition and has within it the strength to spread an unparalleled message.”

Opera Giocosa of Savona - Giovanni Di Stefano president and artistic director
Giovanni Di Stefano, president and artistic director of the Opera Giocosa of Savona

The Festival will open on Saturday, August 1st with Leonardo Vinci’s “The Imaginary Sick”. Performed for the first time inSavona, the opera – a new production created with the collaboration of the Teatro Coccia Foundation of Novara, where it will be performed next October – will see the volcanic direction of Matteo Peirone and the musical direction of Massimiliano Piccioli and will see Matteo Peirone (bass), the soprano Linda Campanella with the participation of the actor Giorgio Scaramuzzino and the flutist Francesco Loi.

On Monday 3 August, the appointment will be with the most famous Italian string quartet in the world, the Cremona Quartet. Formed by Ligurian musicians united in the name by the common experience in the international master classes lived in the Lombardy city, the Cremona Quartet will bring the concept of contamination to one of the highest levels presenting “The Sunset” a composition by Otorino Respighi, lyric on text by Percy Bysshe Shelley for string quartet and voice, along with mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Chiuri and a tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven.

On Wednesday, August 5th, two stars of singing and performing show will think, such as the bass Paolo Bordogna, Simone Alberghini and Gianluca Ascheri (piano) to make the evening crackling through a symbolic match in which to be the referee, equally wild, will be the pianist.

TIR - Theatre In Revolution
TIR (Theatre In Revolution)

Contamination between genres will also be enjoyed on Saturday, August 8th with the Euphoria Quartet. The “musical comedy quartet” – as they like to call themselves – knows how to combine the skill of four string instruments with the forms of the show able to welcome in itself the active participation of the audience through stimulating proposals and rich in gags and music from classical to modern. Declaredly comical and ‘contaminated’ will be the evening of Monday 10 August with the overwhelming comedy of Pirates of the Caruggi . ‘Captained’ by Enrique Balbontin, Andrea Ceccon and Fabrizio Casalino will give life, with guest the great mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Chiuri, to “Abelinauti – Contagious Madness in Music” a multidisciplinary and multifaceted show, full of twists and turns.

Another great news for Savona, Wednesday 12 August, will also be “Bastiano and Bastiana” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thanks to the spectacular reinterpretation of director Davide Livermore. Under the acronym TIR (Theatre In Revolution) is enclosed a truck-opera set up aboard a tir placed in the paid parking area at the foot of the Priamar Fortress. The Venetian Soloists will close the event on Saturday, August 15th. Through the most beautiful living compositions, the world’s best-known chamber orchestra will make the final flight of the Festival even more impressive.

For information and online purchases you can contact the Opera Giocosa by email info@operagiocosa.it or by using the ticket office phone number: 019.801155 – 366.6726682.

N. 4/2020 | 18 July 2020