Tonight «La Traviata», passion and music on stage in Tindari


By John

The Tindari Archaeological Park, directed by Anna Maria Piccione, wanted to confirm the 2023 edition of the Stone Theater Opera Festival. Tonight, at 9 pm, the cavea of ​​the Greek Theater of Tindari will be flooded with passion, energy, feeling and rhythm thanks to the production of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi who on August 5th inaugurated the opera section of the Stone Theater Opera Festival 2023 from the Greek Theater of Syracuse.

The absolute protagonist of the cultural offer of excellence has turned out to be the Archaeological Park directed by Anna Maria Piccione which has guaranteed the Sicilian Lyric Choir – an internationally prestigious body that has been bringing classical music to the Greek Theater of Tindari for 7 years – the possibility of carry out the events scheduled for the 2023 edition of the Opera Festival of Stone Theaters, an event now consecrated as a cultural beacon of reference in the South.

Unfortunately – it must be said – the Municipality of Patti, organizer of the Tindari Festival, did not demonstrate a similar vision. «This is the second time this year – said Francesco Costa, artistic director of the Stone Theater Opera Festival – that we are forced to come up against a questionable vision of the management of our Greek jewels, as local administrators sometimes choose to prefer light music, pop, rock events to more classic events, which, without a shadow of a doubt, are better suited to the archaeological areas. At the end of the season it will perhaps be appropriate to reflect on this, because it is evident that, first of all, classical performances and so-called “cultured” music should find ample space in stone theaters, without wanting to detract from the music slight, but it is certainly not plausible that the opposite would happen. Also this time, thanks to the foresight of the Archaeological Park of Tindari, the glasses will be able to be raised and it will be possible to toast to a representation that will certainly remain in the history of one of the most evocative places in our Sicily”.

The masterpiece of the Cigno di Busseto will be realized in a complete and innovative way with a particular mise en espace signed by the directorial talent of Salvo Dolce, with effects that will give the spectator a real intimate involvement in the three-act drama inspired by «La Dame aux camelias» by Alexandre Dumas fils. Absolute protagonists are two of the most important ensembles, the Sicilian Lyric Choir and the Calabrian Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Maestro Filippo Arlia, a well-known Calabrian and Italian excellence. The festive and carefree air of the opera will be enriched by the overwhelming rhythms and evocative power of Andalusian dance thanks to the original Flamenco Ballet of Murcia (Spain) directed by Matilde Rubio, for a night steeped in magic, myth and eternity.

Verdi’s melodrama will see internationally renowned names lined up: the soprano Laura Martorana will play the role of Violetta Valery, the tenor Giulio Pelligra, a Sicilian artist established in all the most renowned international opera houses, will be Alfredo Germont, while the baritone Mario Cassi will move with the paternal interpretation of Giorgio Germont. The rich vocal parterre will be completed by young and established opera artists: Licia Toscano (Flora Bervoix); Simona Di Capua (Annina); Davide Benigno (Gastone); Alex Franzò (Baron Douphol); Marco Tinnirello (Marquis d’Obigny); Riccardo Bosco (Doctor Grenvil); Pietro Di Paola (Joseph); Sezer Akkaya (Commissionary); Sergio Rao (Domain of Flora).

Once again, a 2-month-long festival that produces over 40 evenings of entertainment in the main archaeological parks, in the most famous ancient and Greek theaters but also in lesser-known areas, which possess priceless jewels waiting to be known and valued , with a view to the tireless work of cultural decentralization that has distinguished the activity of the Sicilian institution since its establishment.