Opera & Dance at the Politeama theater in Catanzaro: the event presented with the return of opera and new co-productions


By John

Four events between Opera & Dance which mark the return of opera to the Politeama Theater in Catanzaro and the start of new collaborations between different artistic and productive realities in the capital. The event, presented in the foyer of the theatre, was an opportunity to once again underline the role of the Politeama as a reference point in Calabria for quality and prestige productions, between tradition and innovation.
We will leave on November 18 with “Baroque Suite”, a one-act play for contemporary dance, performing arts and baroque classical music, a co-production of Ramifications Festival And Brutia Symphony Orchestrapresented by the respective artistic directors Filippo Stabile And Francesco Perri: “A source of pride to be able to take the Politeama stage for the first time with this new show. There will be 30 musicians and a dance troupe of 30 elements on stage, coming from the companies Create Danza from Cosenza, Colonna from Florence and Damnedancers from Rome, among suggestions and evocations, contemporary dance and urban dances, aerial performing arts and electronic incursions”. Then the November 25th it will be the turn of the Opera with “Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci”, co-production by Politeama Foundation and Sicilia Classica Festival with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mediterranean Lyric Choir and an international cast. The December 22 “Carmen” edited by Milan Ballet: it will be an opportunity to discover the engaging choreography, between tradition and modernity, in Marco Pesta’s original staging inspired by the work of Georges Bizet. Finally, the January 4 “La traviata” will close the program with all the suggestions of Verdi’s opera.

“The return of opera to the Politeama Theater is a great signal for the city because it is the result of commitments and sacrifices necessary to overcome economic constraints and operational difficulties”, stated the Sindigo from Catanzaro and President of the Politeama Foundation, Nicola Fiorita. “In recent weeks, the theater has discovered new lighting, which together with the renovation of the air conditioning systems will allow for significant energy savings. The calendar of these weeks is full of events thanks also to promoters and festivals who have chosen the Politeama location. I am thrilled to be able to announce the Opera and Dance events on the day the late Mario Foglietti passed away seven years ago. The tradition of opera will live on again, in memory of the close bond it had with the Colosimo family for our city.” The General manager Aldo Costa underlined “the important efforts made to keep the theater always open and preserve the continuity of events even in the most difficult moments. The Politeama wants to confirm itself as a production center that aims for quality, without losing sight of the relationship with the public: we want to open ourselves up more and more to young people with tickets and season passes at discounted prices”. Also the Superintendent Gianvito Casadonte he recalled that “to build this billboard, the collaboration started with other artistic realities, from Calabria to Sicily, which share the same mission and the same sensitivity, was decisive. Let’s work together so that going to the theater becomes a pleasant habit for everyone again.”

“We are very happy to debut with our productions Cavalleria Rusticana – Pagliacci and La Traviata – commented the artistic director of Sicilia Classica Festival, Nuccio Anselmosupported by the baritone Giovanni Palminteri – in what is the youngest of the great Italian theatres, whose architecture and history blend perfectly with the classicism of the Opera. This co-production with the Politeama Foundation and the collaboration with the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra, all realities of Southern Italy, make us look with optimism at the realization of our most important objective: that of spreading the culture of Opera, while enhancing the most beautiful locations in Italy, and the talent of the artists, especially those who live in the South of the country. We certainly hope this is just the beginning.”