The Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid presents two concerts that are a tribute to the greatest Italian singers of all time.
On 6 April, the third event in the ‘In scena a palazzo’ series will be ‘Animalconcierto. Divertendoci con la musica contemporanea’, with the collaboration of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Milan and the Reale Mutua Foundation.
‘Animalconcierto’ is a project from the Duo Alterno (Tiziana Scandalett, soprano, and Riccardo Piacentini, piano and photo-sounds), who want to bring a smile to your face, drawing inspiration from a number of compositions (some of which are true masterpieces) dedicated to animals by composers in the last hundred years.
These include major figures such as Alfredo Casella (in this case using texts in Roman dialect by Trilussa), Cathy Berberian (featuring a funny joke involving the pianist and a hypothetical and annoying mosquito), Francis Poulenc (using symbolist texts by Apollinaire), Erik Satie (with a piece whose title says it all: Flabby Preludes for a Dog)… And still others, perhaps less well-known but perfectly on the subject of well-recognised quality, such as the Italians Roberta Vacca and Riccardo Piacentini.
On 9 April, the IIC, the Honorary Vice Consulate of Italy in La Coruña and the Conservatorio Superior de Música Da Coruña, under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Spain, will present the concert ‘Renata Tebaldi, una vita per il canto’ (Renata Tebaldi, A Life for Singing), a celebratory tribute to the artist of the same name, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth.
The recital, held in the Conservatory’s Auditorio Andrés Gaos del Conservatorio, takes a long musical and vocal journey through the major works of the artist’s vast operatic repertoire, with the splendid voice and stage presence of soprano Angela Papale, accompanied on the piano by Maestro Fabio Marra. The concert features the Italian soprano’s “workhorses”, including pieces by Donizetti, Tosti, Puccini and Mascagni.
The 100th anniversary of her birth is therefore an eagerly awaited and special moment to celebrate Renata Tebaldi, the “Angel Voice” as she was called by Arturo Toscanini, who was and remains one of the greatest and most intense performers in the history of opera as well as an undisputed star of Italian melodrama.
Angela Papale has performed extensively in Italy, Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, China and Japan, winning unanimous praise from international critics and great public acclaim for her interpretation of the opera repertoire.
Fabio Marra, Professor of Harmony and Analysis at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica N. Paganini in Genoa and permanent conductor of the Merano Chamber Orchestra, is involved in intense concert and composition activity in Italy, Europe, United States, China, Japan, South America, making numerous successful tours and productions for important musical associations and foundations.