Saturday 10 April, on RAI 5, at 18:00, an unprecedented concert will be broadcast showcasing young opera talents in two exceptional places of historical and artistic heritage, ideally combining two great European capitals: Rome and Paris. The concert was recorded at Palazzo Farnese, home of the French Embassy in Italy, and at the Hôtel de la Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville, home of the Italian Embassy in Paris.
In Rome, at Palazzo Farnese, the famous and previously unknown spaces (the Galleria dei Carracci gallery, the Scalone d’Onore staircase or the Salone d’Ercole hall) were occupied for two days by the beauty of great arias of French opera with the singers of ‘Fabbrica‘ Young Artist Program of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma theatre.
A sign of great vitality and a real trait-d’union between past and future. Welcoming this concert to Palazzo Farnese was a way of continuing to showcase culture in this strange and painful year for many of our fellow citizens. The young singers who filled the spaces of this Renaissance masterpiece are a beautiful symbol of hope for the future. – Christian Masset, French Ambassador in Italy
In Paris, the music of Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi and Bellini resounded on the stage of the Teatro Siciliano theatre and in the great Sala della Musica hall of the Italian Embassy. The Hotel de la Rochefoucauld Doudeauville, a symbolic place of the deep bond between Italy and France, is the surprising setting for the concert starring the young talent from the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris.
The Embassy in Paris has enthusiastically opened the doors of its Teatro Siciliano to the young artists of the Paris Opera and will continue to do so, in support of the artistic world and as a testimony to the shared commitment of Italy and France to ensure that culture regains its guiding role for our societies and helps to relaunch our economies. – Teresa Castaldo, Italian Ambassador in France
This exceptional programme was conceived by the French Embassy in Italy in dialogue with the Italian Embassy in France, with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and with the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris. A Franco-Italian opera cooperation agreement was thus inaugurated.
The synergy with the Rai teams, and in particular Rai 5, is fundamental, allowing the two Embassies to reach a wide audience on the occasion of this unprecedented concert in two major European capitals, united by a love for opera, and beyond. In addition to its cultural dimension, the event marks France and Italy’s desire to ‘restart together’.
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