TEATRO BLU Theatre Research Centre
Una vita per Due Mondi - A Life for Two Worlds
Dedicated to Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti
A Multimedia Narration Event
Heo Kyung soprano
The Ensemble of Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Milan
Flauto: Francesco Tomezzoli
Oboe: Elisabetta Ruffo
Clarinetto: Ilenia Torsello
Fagotto: Alfredo Altomare
Corno: Federico Mauri
Tromba: Marcello Ronchi
Pianoforte 4 mani (celesta): Imelda Guraziu e Stefano Fiacco
Percussioni: Salvatore Scucces
Violino I: Marcello Miramonti
Violino II: Paolo Terzoli
Viola: Marco Venturi
Violoncello: Issei Watanabe
Contrabbasso: Vito Galante
Musical Director Marco Seco
Scenery and Costumes Vittoria Papaleo
The Brera School of Art, Milan
written and directed by Silvia Priori and Roberto Carlos Gerboles
We wish to thank Casa Ricordi - Milan
and Shirmer Associated Music Publishing - New York
for providing Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti′s scores
A journey in the footsteps of Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti, through narration, music, song and imagines.
We will take you through his life, from his childhood in Cadegliano to his arrival in New York with his numerous successes, from the creation of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto to his retirement at Yester House in Scotland. A life dedicated to music, theatre, art, Spoleto. A life which cancelled the Ocean. A show which speaks of inspiration and love.
How many people have loved music so much and how many have given their lives to a community with such dedication? Gian Carlo Menotti′s life is divided between two worlds: "America and Europe", "composition of operas and festival organization".
On the one hand his need to search for inspiration for new operas and on the other the intimate need to feel useful to a community. So towards the age of fifty, Menotti rebelled against the idea of art as a form of entertainment, he was tired of thinking of the artist as society′s jester, he wanted to feel that the artist could be a fundamental part of society. He sought out a place which needed him: Spoleto! An artist has an inborn generosity, he makes his entire self available for the creation of a work of art.
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Menotti sacrificed everything, his artistic passion, his need to write, create and compose music for something more urgent: more useful to a community. An urgency he found himself battling with several times as a man and as an artist. Spoleto made a dream come true. What is certain is that his life was always a search for something which went beyond vanity, popularity and gratification.
"Knowledge, knowledge, yes. To be conscious... to know what music is. To know why I′m alive, why I have to die... to know what beauty is. All things I haven′t found yet: the search continues... If someone were to ask me how I want to die I′d answer that I want to die with a question on my lips, so that death can give me his luminous answer." Menotti was a revolutionary despite himself, he just wanted to be fully himself. The revolutionary part is that he never followed a school or a trend: "I just followed my inner voice, I expressed myself as I wanted to express myself".
And this is where his absolute originality lies: he followed himself without pretending to be what he was not. The difficult thing is "to have the courage to be oneself with simplicity, humanity, compassion and love." The inevitability of art. He loved art that is inevitable, where nothing can be changed. If you can change something, you haven′t found the inevitable. Great art is inevitable: it can′t be any other way. And the more it′s inevitable, the more it′s beautiful.
MULTIMEDIA THEATRE CONCERT
The actress will be accompanied by the virtuoso performance of an orchestra which will play compositions by Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber. A multimedia theatre concert with Silvia Priori, actress - graduate of the "Paolo Grassi" School of Drama in Milan, accompanied by Francesca Cappelletti, soprano, Maestro Menotti′s last discovery and the Ensemble of Conservatoire G. Verdi of Milan conducted by Maestro Marco Seco. The backdrop consists of the most beautiful images of Maestro Menotti from the most important moments of his life.