Music Week at Teatro Olimpico XVII Edition

From 31 May 2008 to 27 June 2008

Rome is featured for this years event: an exploration of its traditional music and history which inspired the musicians who lived and worked there, and the particular cultural environment of their times. The festival is divided into three sections: opera, concert, and cinema.

The opening of the Music Week, which from last year has become a part of the European Festival Association circuit the single event from the Veneto accompanying 9 other Italian concerts welcomes Sonig Tchakerian (violin) and Bruno Canino (piano) for a concert preview on Saturday 31 May, who will give a programme of music by Bach, Hovahnnes, Bloch and Schumann linked by the theme of religious and sacred music.

The opera section of the festival offers two works connecting three of the greatest and most important figures in Italian culture: Gioachino Rossini, Andrea Palladio and Antonio Vivaldi. After last years highly successful Italiana in Algeri, this year sees another of Rossinis celebrated works, The Barber of Seville. The edition of this work, premiered in Rome in 1816, will be based on an unedited version originally premiered at Vicenza in 1825.

Dates scheduled are: Saturday 7 June, Monday 9 June and Wednesday 11 June. The vocal cast will be composed of young Italian singers, who will accompany two names at the top of the opera world, Laura Polverelli and Lorenzo Regazzo , who will also give a solo recital on the evening of 6 June. Scenery by Roberto Recchia, the Orchestra of Padua and the Veneto and the Scuola San Roccochoir prepared by Francesco Erle will be conducted by Giovanni Battista Rigon.

The names of Palladio and Vivaldi are also linked to the following concert Otho in the Villa (Sunday 22 June an opera set in the Arcadian antiquity of the country villa of the Roman Emperor Otho, and which connects to the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Palladio, creator of the Teatro Olimpico, who was inspired in his ideas by ancient Rome. Otho in the Villa (1713 written by Vivaldi in 1713 for the Teatro delle Grazie of Vicenza, will be performed by the baroque orchestra LArte dellArco, conducted by first violinist Federico Guglielmo.

Concert dates are 15, 18, 25 and 27 June, and offer a wide choice of composers who lived in the capitol city: from Corelli to Respighi (composer of a Gregorian Concert, and the celebrated trilogy The Pines, the Fountain and the Roman Holiday to the many foreign composers who visited, such as Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Debussy. Some of the best contemporary Italian musicians will take to the stage, among whom the pianists Bruno Canino and Roberto Cominati, cellists Enrico Dindo and Mario Brunello, and the violinist Sonig Tchakerian. Two new groups will also be present: the David Trio, one of the most promising talents in chamber music, and the versatile Ensemble Musagte, led by Giovanni Guglielmo.

Rossinis Barber of Seville is the focus of the film section, with showings of four historical performances on 3, 10, 17 and 24 June.

Special mention should be given to the significant collaboration of the Mousik Association for the Bach Project, led by the baton of one of the gurus of antique music, Michael Radulescu, who will interpret two songs of Bach (Friday 13 June).

By Insidecom Editorial Staff