Genoa – «A concert to be held with the head bowed, in memory of the victims of the Morandi Bridge». The superintendent said so Claudio Orazi, presenting this morning at the press conference the concert on July 31st (at the Carlo Felice Theater, 9.15 pm) organized on the occasion of the inauguration of the new viaduct on the Polcevera. In everyone’s statements (there was the deputy mayor Stefano Balleari and the regional councilor Ilaria Cavo) the event does not want to be a “party” but a moment of reflection and connection with the city of yesterday and today. For this the families of the victims will intervene starting from Egle Bossetti, president of the Morandi Victims Committee. And for this reason the program focuses on Genoese artists (by birth or by adoption) and on a program deeply rooted in the history of the city.
The evening will be inaugurated with the first ever performance of “So many stones to remember”, for orchestra, choir and white voice, written by Ennio Morricone, on its own text, in memory of the victims of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge. Composed on commission from the Carlo Felice Theater and the Municipality of Genoa, it is the last piece completed by the Maestro. On the podium, the son of the composer, Andrea Morricone, the white voice will be that of Lucia Benza selected in recent months by Ennio Morricone himself among the members of the Choir of White Voices of the theater directed by Gino Tanasini. Then the Genoese Fabio Luisi will take over for the rest of the program of sure interest in its originality and in its “Genoese”.
Indeed they stand out two first executions in modern times: the Suite n. 8 “Genova” (I movement) by Lorenzo Perosi, a lively, colorful and luxuriant portrait of the Superba, written by Tortona’s “pretino” as part of a larger project that included a series of suites each dedicated to an Italian city. And then, the “Quoniam” for tenor and orchestra from the “Solemn Mass” for soloists, choir and orchestra by Saverio Mercadante, performed for the first time in 1868 in the Chiesa del Gesù and the result of a commission by Angelo Mariani, then director of the Theater Carlo Felice; a treasure kept in the archive of the Cattaneo-Adorno family, who kindly made the score available for this important occasion.
The choir will be prepared by Francesco Aliberti. «I owe to the scholar and organist Fabrizio Callai the discovery of this treasure hidden in a private city archive. The whole Mass will be performed with the direction of Callai himself on January 21 of next year ». The musical fresco dedicated to the city is completed by a selection from Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”, a transcription for violin and orchestra by Paganini’s “Capriccio n. 24” (solo violin and orchestrator, Giovanni Andrea Zanon) and “From your starry throne” from “Moses in Egypt” by Rossini. Solo singers will be Serena Gamberoni (soprano), Martina Belli (mezzosoprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), Michele Patti (baritone), Luca Salsi (baritone), Giovanni Battista Parodi (bass), Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass).
«I was born in Trentino – said Serena Gamberoni speaking during the conference together with my colleague Giovanni Battista Parodi – but I have felt Genoese for years and I find that this program is truly the mirror of this city. I asked myself several times why Boccanegra is not popular as “Traviata”. And then knowing the city I gave myself the answer: because it is a secluded, discreet work like Genoa is, a tenacious but silent city that has great strength and has demonstrated it once again in this difficult moment of its history ». THEthe concert will be free. The invitation tickets will be distributed at the main entrance of the Carlo Felice Theater.