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  1. Autumn in Paris, Concerts, Opera and Exhibitions
    07
    Nov

    Autumn in Paris, Concerts, Opera and Exhibitions

    This Autumn in Paris gifts us beautiful concerts of Verdi, Mozart and Haydn on two unmissable dates in the month of November. Here are our recommendations for what to do in Paris in November 2019.

    The first event is at La Madeleine church, a wonderful temple inspired by the classical age. The imposing Corinthian columns of the temple introduce the visitor to a splendid venue where the concert of Verdi’s Requiem will take place on November 23, 2019. The Hélios Orchestra and Tempestuoso Choir will be conducted by Jean Charles Dunard for this great classical music event. Tickets for the concerts at La Madeleine in Paris are available at the following link.

    The second date is November 30, 2019 at the church of Saint Germain des Prés, erected in 555 A.D. and thus considered as one of the most ancient places of worship in Paris. Here the Hélios Orchestra and the Elizabeth Brasseur Choir will perform the Requiem by Mozart and the Paukermesse by Haydn, conducted by Antoine Sebillotte. Tickets for the concerts at St Germain des Prés in Paris are available at the following link.

    Finally, for opera and history lovers, the Paris Opéra is presenting Le Grand Opéra Exhibition, from October 24, 2019 to February 2, 2020. The exhibition runs through the period from 1828 to 1867, when the great opera in France, closely linked to the XIX century and to the city of Paris, is characterized by luxurious settings and the presence of ballet. 1828 is certainly the starting point of this epoch, when Daniel Auber brings La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl of Portici) to the stage and Gioachino Rossini presents William Tell. The great opera favours historical topics and is thus the expression of the passions of its time. France, under Louis Philippe of Bourbon-Orléans, is led by Mérimée, Guizot and Viollet-Le-Duc to rediscover its past and heritage and glorify them through dance and music. The exhibition at the Opéra in Paris shows paintings, models, costumes and musical manuscripts dating back to the years of spectacular music and choreographic creation of the great French opera.

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  2. Commemoration concert in Paris for the death of Chopin
    30
    Oct

    Commemoration concert in Paris for the death of Chopin

    La Madeleine Church in Paris is hosting this year - one hundred and fifty years after the death of Fryderyk Chopin - a commemoration concert on October 30th, 2019. The second homeland of the renowned composer, who indeed acquired French nationality, cannot but remember his genius. He was called “poet of the piano” and earned immortal fame of great composer of Romanticism.

    Chopin was born in the territory that now pertains to Poland. As mentioned before, he moved to Paris in 1830, after the November Uprising and the consequent repression by Russia. Not only was Chopin the interpreter of an unrivalled composition technique, but he also innovated style, harmony and musical form. He was a great influencer of his time, for his association of music with nationalism.

    The Hélios Orchestra and the Tempestuoso Choir, conducted by Jean Charles Dunand, will pay homage to him by performing Chopin’s Funeral Parade, Chopin’s Prelude in E minor and B minor, and Mozart’s Requiem. And what venue would best suit the celebration? Certainly, La Madeleine, which was erected in the heart of Paris and completed right at the beginning of the XIX century, when Chopin was born.

    If you don’t want to miss this appointment with history, you are still in time to buy the tickets for the 30th October concert. The next appointment with the Hélios Orchestra and the Tempestuoso Choir at La Madeleine is on November 23rd, 2019, with Verdi’s Requiem. Buy your tickets for the concerts at La Madeleine in Paris.

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  3. Autumn in Rome 2019 – Days of Art and Opera
    24
    Oct

    Autumn in Rome 2019 – Days of Art and Opera

    The marvellous Opera on Ice opened the 2019 Autumn Season in Rome. The unique show left the audience breathless on October 4th and 5th 2019. World famous ice skaters performed figures and pirouettes on the most famous opera arias, sliding on a 800-square-metre ice ring. Among them, the winner of four Olimpic medals Evgeni Plushenko and the Italian ice dancing stars Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte.

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  4. A new opera season starts at the greatest Italian theatres
    17
    Oct

    A new opera season starts at the greatest Italian theatres

    A very special year is starting at the greatest Italian theatres, and the agenda is full of grand classical music concerts and world premieres. There are going to be unmissable dates all around Italy. Firstly, the Scala Opera House in Milan will have its premiere on December 7, as tradition requires, to celebrate the day of Saint Ambrose. This year the first performance is going to be Tosca, presented by the conductor Riccardo Chailly in his cycle of Puccini operas.

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  5. Italian Opera Concerts in the most beautiful cities
    29
    Aug

    Italian Opera Concerts in the most beautiful cities

    If you want to have a taste of one of the most sublime expressions of Italian tradition, here is the list of Italian Opera Concerts by the opera companies residing in the most beautiful Italian cities. There’s something for every taste!

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  6. First opera direction for Sonia Bergamasco
    06
    Jun

    First opera direction for Sonia Bergamasco

    Sonia Bergamasco is going to direct an opera for the first time, to bring Mozart’s masterpiece ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ to the stage of the Maggio Musicale in Florence. The premiere is on June 15, 2019, then the show will run on June 17, 19 and 21. The direction team will be composed of two women, since, apart from Sonia as director, the conductor is going to be a woman too – Kristiina Poska – opening a Mozart trilogy viewed through the eyes of women.

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  7. Beatrice Venezi, the female conductor under 30
    11
    Apr

    Beatrice Venezi, the female conductor under 30

    She is an orchestra conductor at international level, and the first woman to hold the baton of the State Opera Orchestra in Georgia. Not only is she the youngest woman conductor in Italy, but she also entered the Forbes rank of the 100 most influential Italians under 30 years of age. This is because she is not afraid of breaking up with customary habits, and she brings in all her youth and femininity when she performs her job.

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  8. The flamenco guitar and its peculiarity
    02
    Apr

    The flamenco guitar and its peculiarity

    Are 'Spanish Guitar' and 'Flamenco Guitar' the same thing? No, they are not. Classical Spanish Guitar is a term comprising several varieties of musical instruments, including the Flamenco Guitar. Flamenco has been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, so the flamenco guitar is currently the most commonly used variety of Spanish guitar.

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  9. Flamenco, one and one hundred thousand styles
    20
    Mar

    Flamenco, one and one hundred thousand styles

    As the means of expression of the Gitano nomads, flamenco collected rythms from multiple cultures with whom the gipsies established contact during their migration through the Middle East and the Mediterranean, up to the Andalusian mountains.

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  10. San Carlo theatre in Naples - The most ancient theatre
    15
    Mar

    San Carlo theatre in Naples - The most ancient theatre

    Ranking in the National Geographic top ten of the most beautiful theatres on the planet, the San Carlo Theatre in Naples is also the most ancient in the world to be still active. Its stunning building erected in 1737 by King Charles III of Bourbon concealed a secret passage leading directly into the Royal Palace, so the king would not need to walk down the streets to get to the Royal Family’s stall.

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