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La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale



La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists & Antagonists - Pizzetti: Assassinio nella Cattedrale


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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Since the late nineteenth century many Italian composers did not try to innovate Italian Romantic opera, but strove to go beyond it in various ways.
Some of them transcended the features of melodrama and created unprecedented theatrical shows. The others rethought and reinvented these features in the light of a foreign contemporary model, of the operas composed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, or of the music and theatre appeared in the earlier times.
Ildebrando Pizzetti belongs to the latter: his admiration for Vincenzo Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi did not prevent him from giving birth to a melodrama where action and lyricism are not the different moments of the show, but the elements of a continuous flow of passion emphasised by music.
The fiftieth anniversary of Pizzetti’s death offers the precious opportunity to explore an operatic masterpiece of this composer - whose music is rarely featured nowadays - and to appreciate the striking originality of his conception of melodrama.

Programme & Performers
The episode will feature select pieces from the opera "Assassinio nella Cattedrale".
Donato Di Gioia, baritone
Francesco Melani, piano
Enrico Reggiani, Professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan
The students of the Masterclass

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Data: Lun 12 Feb 2018

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero