Covid does not stop the indispensable New Year’s challenge on TV between Vienna and Venice. If the aficionados of the concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein will be able to upload their applause to the Wiener Philarmoniker conducted by Riccardo Muti (on Rai2 on January 1st from 1.30pm), Rai1 viewers will love the arias of Verdi, Donizetti, Mascagni entrusted to the Orchestra and Choir of the Fenice, with the solo voices of soprano Rosa Feola and tenor Xabier Anduaga, who under the guidance of Daniel Harding will invade the stalls and stages, for the first time without an audience.
The appointment with the 18th edition of the event is live at 12.20 on the flagship network and in rerun at 18.15 on Rai5.
“It will be a different concert due to the absence of the public, the masks, the disposition of musicians and choristers respecting the distance, the stage that will expand to the whole theater”, sighs the superintendent, Fortunato Ortombina, but immediately raises: ” room, without armchairs, the space will continue towards the stage where we have set up the keel, the extraordinary installation that reproduces a ship under construction: it marked the reopening of the Phoenix after the first lockdown, today it symbolizes the ark that will take us to a new world , that of the recovered normality “. In his third time at the New Year’s Concert, Harding – absent from the presentation because he is engaged in rehearsals – will propose a selection of pieces by great Italian and European opera players. After a first part (recorded) dedicated to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, it will range from Mozart, with the overture from the Marriage of Figaro, to Verdi, with the aria ‘La donna è mobilè from Rigoletto and the famous choir’ Chi the days of the gypsy! ‘ from the Trovatore; then the aria ‘Je veux vivre dans le rˆvè from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod. And again the splendid Barcarolle from Jacques Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann, the aria ‘Ah, mes amis, quel jour de fˆte!’ from the Fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti. The famous Intermezzo from the Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni will introduce the final part, again with Verdi: the aria by Violetta ‘Ô strange! … it’s strange! … Always free degg’iò from Traviata and the choirs’ Va Pensiero sull’ali doratè from Nabucco and the inevitable toast ‘Libiam ne lieti calicì, again from La Traviata. “We did not want to give up these festive aspects – underlines Ortombina -: we want to launch a message of culture and beauty, confirming how important music is for the people who listen to us”. As for repertoire choices, “there are no foreclosures. We try to ensure the widest possible variety, always offering a debut: this year it is the turn of the Marriage of Figaro. There is no Vivaldi, but there will be ». «Singing arias of women who love life will be a message of great strength, it will give the energy to face the new year that we hope will be brighter», says Rosa Feola, at her second time at the Fenice. Anduaga, on the other hand, is making his debut, which he considers «a great opportunity to make music in such a difficult time».
Rai Cultura produces both New Year’s concerts: “It is a sign of great hope in a year of misfortune”, underlines Francesca Nesler, head of Rai5’s cultured music offer.
«We will make a virtue of necessity, welcoming the spectator in the hall and accompanying the live commentary with live and recorded images in the theater and its surroundings. And having had to give up the ballet, we will tell Venice that no one has ever seen like in this moment: it will be an opportunity to take a tour of the city and be together celebrating music ». Strengthened by a balance sheet “in balance, thanks to the public, the institutions, the partners who have remained close to us in this complicated year”, as underlined by the general manager Andrea Erri, La Fenice looks to the future. “We hope that health care will move forward in the challenge to the virus thanks to the vaccine. We will keep the music alive and we will not be silent for a long time », promises Ortombina. “We have already planned the next New Year’s Concert which we hope to be able to perform in a less unusual way.”
Last updated: December 31, 3:33 pm
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