In a Press Conference hosted by Teatro Duse’s director Gabriele Scrima, Bologna’s youthful Orchestra Senzaspine are launching their new season of performances with one of Italy’s great baritone artists: Bruno Praticò. The surprising team up was actually the idea of Praticò, who says, “It was my idea initially because when they (Senzaspine) came to my attention I thought they were doing such a fantastic job to involve young people in theatre that I had to get involved.” Although a busy artist who is regularly invited to the most important theaters in the world such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Covent Garden in London and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Praticò adds, “I would love to do so much more but I’ve so much other work to attend to but I’m just happy anyway to collaborate for now.”
After their success of L’Elisir d’amore, conducted by Maestro Tommaso Ussardi this time director Giovanni Dispenza will bring to the stage a nonconformist and resilient Figaro hipster, a brilliant problem solver, with a strong nose for business and considered the very soul of a bright and colourful Seville.
The production, which is among the most famous and represented in the world, was chosen to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini. And just like for L’Elisir d’amore, this performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia is open to everyone. Work began in September at their HQ Mercato Sonato, where many people participated in workshops to bring the whole set and costumes to life.
The production is also thanks due to the collaboration of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and will be attended by the Accademia Corale ‘Vittore Veneziani’ of Ferrara and Komos Coro Gay of Bologna.
When & Where: 12 & 13 October 2018 at 8.30 pm, and on 14 October at 4 pm at the Teatro Duse in Bologna.