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La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Giordano: Chénier



La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Giordano: Chénier



The Italian Cultural Institute in London is proud to feature a series of five musical episodes, to show the multifaceted complexity of the Italian operatic scene in the period comprising the last decades of the nineteenth century and the initial ones of the twentieth.
The first four events are focused on the most prominent representatives of the Giovane Scuola (Young School), to allow a deeper understanding of how these composers variously attempted to renew the narrative and musical language of Italian Romantic melodrama, without rejecting its sound basic pattern, which alternates theatrical dynamism and static lyricism.
The last event is aimed at giving an insight on a personality who brought this pattern into question consciously and radically not only by carrying out a rigorous meditation about the aesthetics and social role of theatre in the Classical Antiquity, but also by writing and composing his innovative operatic dramas in accordance with such a meditation.


27 October 2017
Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine & Madama Butterfly
20 November 2017
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier
20 December 2017
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Zazà
22 January 2018
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
12 February 2018
Ildebrando Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale


The Episode consists of two moments.
Masterclass. A three-hour learning opportunity tailored especially for a public of music students and opera enthusiasts.
Concert. An event open to a general public eager to appreciate exquisite excerpts from an outstanding Italian operatic masterpiece.

Please, note!

  • There is a booking service for the Masterclass and a booking service for the Concert. Therefore, if you are interested in the Masterclass and the Concert, you must book separately for each one through the links below.
  • Between the Masterclass and the Concert, there is a break (18:00-19:30), during which you can either stay at the Italian Cultural Institute and enjoy the other ongoing activities or leave the Institute and come back in time for the Concert from 19:10.

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Umberto Giordano is an Italian operatic maestro renowned all over the world. But – as it happens to many music authors – the audience relates his name only to few masterpieces.
“Andrea Chénier” is definitely among them. Indeed, this impressive operatic representation of a love story which unfolds during the dusk of the “Ancien Régime” and reaches its tragic end in the most fierce and bloody period of the “Grande Révolution”, is the work thanks to which Umberto Giordano was hailed as one of the heralds of the “Giovane Scuola” in the last years of the XIX century.
However, not only “Chénier” and “Fedora” would deserve a deeper interest by the public nowadays.
This is the reason why, on the sesquicentenary of Giordano’s birth, the Italian Cultural Institute draws the attention onto the whole range of his melodramas by featuring a sophisticated selection of scores from the masterpiece which opened the composer the way to an enduring worldwide success.

Programme & Performers
The episode will feature and contrast some pieces from the opera "Andrea Chénier" and some pieces from other operas constituting the musical context of Giordano's works.
Massimo Iannone, tenor
Marek Ruszczynski, piano
The students of the Masterclass

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Data: Lun 20 Nov 2017

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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