Opera, music and dance downtown, framed in the magic atmosphere at the Arena surrounded by the historical Teatro Sociale and the Duomo… And more...free musical events in the most charming and unusual places all around the town centre, from dawn to dusk...
Como - Arena Teatro Sociale e altri luoghi della città 29.6 - 16.7.2023 Festival Como Città della Musica 16. Su noi gli astri brilleranno
Ten years after the first time in 2013, the Arena of the Teatro Sociale in Como Is still the chosen location by the Festival Como Città della Musica, always directed and organised by the Teatro Sociale Como, in collaboration with the Società dei Palchettisti and with the support of the Municipality of Como, with the shared idea that culture plays a fundamental role in the development of the city, both for citizens and tourists.
The title for this sixteenth edition, a foretaste of the theme of the forthcoming Season Night 2023-24, is linked to the stars and celestial bodies and, as per tradition, is taken from AsLiCo's participatory opera that will open the Festival: Su noi gli astri brilleranno (on us stars will shine) is indeed a quote from the duet between Aida and Radames.
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi is the 9th edition of 200.Com A project for the city, the AsLiCo project that has become a distinctive and characterising element of the Festival and awarded several times, in 2014 with the prestigious Opera Awards, in the Accessibility category, while in 2016 it received the Abbiati Prize, named after Filippo Siebaneck.
The opera will be on stage on Thursday 29th June, Saturday 1st and Monday 3rd July at 9 p.m. Shaping Verdi's title in the Arena of the Teatro Sociale in Como will be Alessio Pizzech, an all-round showman: multifaceted in his activities, both in prose and musical theatre, as well as artistic director of cultural institutions and projects. Defined at a very young age by critics as one of the most significant Italian directors, with extraordinary energy Pizzech has staged around 150 shows between prose and opera, collaborating with all the major Italian theatres and festivals, and for the first time with AsLiCo and the Teatro Sociale in Como. This directorial vision of Aida, increasingly suspended in time and space, in a flow between mythical past and post-modern future, will have as its stage a great pyramid, around which the whole affair will revolve.
Alongside the director, the other key figure will be the conductor: conducting Aida will be M° Enrico Lombardi, now well known to Como audiences for having conducted G. Rossini's La Cenerentola in the "Opera domani" 2022 project and OperaLombardia's La traviata last December.
Besides the creative team and professional singers, there will of course be the 200.Com Chorus with more than 200 amateur singers, the heart of AsLiCo's participatory project, directed by M° Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina.
Other performances await the public in the Arena.
The second evening will be dedicated to Candlelight, a concert format founded by Fever with live music in an atmosphere created by the light of candles on stage. Two concerts are scheduled for Tuesday July 4, performed by the Arceus String Quartet: at 9 p.m. a Tribute to Ennio Morriconeand his Soundtracks, and at 11 p.m. a Tribute to Queen.
On Saturday July 8 a not-to-be-missed rendezvous with great dance: the principal dancers, soloists and corps de ballet of the Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Director Manuel Legris, will perform a programme that includes pieces and excerpts from classical and modern titles, for an evening of the highest quality. The Teatro Sociale in Como is particularly linked to La Scala and known by the nickname “Piccola Scala”, since having hosted numerous performances of the Milanese theatre after the WWII bombing in 1943.
On Sunday July 9, in collaboration with MyNina Spettacoli, space will be given to Italian music starring a great singer-songwriter: Eugenio Finardi will be on tour with Euphonia Suite, accompanied by two extraordinary musicians, pianist Mirko Signorile and Raffaele Casarano on sax.
On Tuesday July 11, the Milan Symphony Orchestra will perform an extraordinary tribute concert to cinema legend John Williams: from Star Wars to Harry Potter, his most beautiful and famous soundtracks from the 1970s to the present day will resound throughout the Arena.
Friday July 14Fellini's Circus by Compagnia Artemis Danza will see its national debut. The magic of the circus and its characters comes alive in this show full of games and colours where dance and circus art intertwine, recreating the wonderful world of Federico Fellini, in an atmosphere full of poetry and emotion.
On Saturday July 15, the Arena stage will host Irene Grandi in Me in Blues, a concert paying homage to the blues: a journey consisting of songs spanning from the 1960s to the 1990s, songs that are blues in soul and inspiration, interspersed with some of Irene's own songs, rearranged in a rock-blues key.
On Sunday July 16, a big party organised by SFM srl will close this 16th edition: A-real aims to be a 'one day festival', in which from 6 p.m. till deep into the night the Arena will come to life thanks to a main and a cloud stage, street food and non-stop music.
... And free musical events in the most charming and unusual places all around the town centre, from dawn to dusk...
In case of rain or unfavorable weather, Arena performances will be held on the same evening at Teatro Sociale di Como, without sets. Each seating area of the Arena has a corresponding seating sector in the Theatre.
The events of Around the Festival are free.
FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE Teatro Sociale, Piazza Verdi:
Tuesday and Thursday h. 10.00 – 14.00;
Wednesday and Friday h. 16.00 – 19.00;
Saturday h. 10.00 – 15.00.
On performance days from h. 16.00
INFOLINE AND PHONE BOOKING from Tuesday to Friday h. 14.30 – 16.00
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