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Following the production of Faust which opened the season at Romes opera house to mixed reviews, its the turn of Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor (21 Feb-4 March). This production was first staged in Florence in 1996 under...
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Long, of the land-art generation, took long walks in Scotland, Tibet and other spectacular landscapes and built loving rings of stone and other mysterious marks and cairns in their midst. In this new gallery he only show...
At Teatro Regio in Turin it is the turn of Andrea Chnier by Umberto Giordano (18 Feb-2 March). It comes to Turin from Parma under the direction of Ivan Stefanutti. The lovers will be played by tenor Fabio Armiliato (Andr...
Richard Strausss Salome goes on stage at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (7-16 Feb). This fascinating and troubled work by the German composer takes a critical look at unconfessable impulses including perverted and inhibite...
The idea of this show is splendid: a confrontation of the new and the old faces of Rome. A confrontation between old stone, new photography and new painting. Fabio Sargentini is more than a simple dealer. An artist and...
This is mostly work from the last years of the veteran surrealist Roberto Matta. He was extraordinarily productive right up to his death in November last year. Here, giant scenes like theatre backdrops, thinly painted in...
This study of the diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican with an introduction by Giulio Andreotti, who invited the current US ambassador to the Holy See, Jim Nicholson, to write this summary histo...
The city council is launching another campaign to clean up Rome and crack down on residents who dont respect the capital. From June a task force of 300 workers will patrol the streets, and half of them will have the powe...
Manslaughter, theft and fraud are on the rise in Rome, and the number of children reported breaking the law is growing. Figures for the year ended 30 June 2002 show almost 400,000 reported crimes in the Lazio region; tha...
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
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One cold, overcast mid-February day nine years ago, this writer stepped through the doors of the Phillips auction house in central London. There was a reverential silence as visitors shuffled by, staring at the lots soon...
Locanda dei Girasoli is the only restaurant of its kind in the whole of Italy. It is a long way from the centre of Rome, set in an ugly, cramped suburb that does not attract many visitors. Yet it is the site of a highly...
Italys political left is once again looking for a leader as a difficult referendum on article 18 of the countrys labour laws looms this spring. Should article 18s job protection conditions be extended to companies with l...
Teatro Massimo in Palermo opens its season with a rarity: Jeanne DArc au Bcher by Arthur Honegger (until 26 Jan). It is a dramatic oratorio which recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of its first performance. Honegge...
Romes opera theatre opens its winter season with Faust by Charles Gounod (24 Jan-5 Feb), with direction, sets and costumes by Hugo De Ana. What will this acclaimed director come up with for a work that combines the sacre...
Rome has jumped 14 places in an annual ranking of Italian provinces according to the quality of life they offer. The Eternal City and environs took 21st place in the classification for 2002, buoyed by their high living s...
It can come as a bit of a shock when the grocer in a little Tuscan village greets you with a perfect Glasgow accent and the barman in a nearby cafe asks you if you want a wee cup of coffee or a bigger ane. But this is co...
Matteo Garrone is reluctant to admit that he admires Fellini. Too many Italian directors have fallen into the trap of imitating Fellini, he says. He adds that while working on his last film, LImbalsamatore (The Embalmer)...
This is Silvio Berlusconis second January as prime minister. A year ago it was interesting that he had survived longer than his first attempt at government in 1994. This new year the honeymoon with the electors is long o...
It is now just over a year since the advent of the euro, and Romes tramps were the first to sum up the upshot of the money system more clearly than anyone else as yet. Soon after it was introduced they began shouting up...
Teatro Comunale in Bologna will open the 2003 season with a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi (19-31 Jan). The direction, stage sets, costumes and lighting will all be by Denis Krief, a director whose produ...
Verdis La Traviata goes on stage at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (15 Dec-4 Jan) with direction by Giancarlo Sepe. The same production was staged in Padua only two months ago, where it received mixed reviews. This Traviata...
Teatro San Carlo in Naples opens its new season with Don Giovanni by Mozart (12-29 Dec). Neapolitan film director Mario Martone obviously has a weak spot for Mozart: having made his dbut with Cosi fan tutte in Naples thr...
Rembrandt spent most of his hours in the quest for the nature of materiality and light. He loved surfaces flesh against fur, steel against velvet, how they glowed and clashed. He looked for brightness coming out of dark...
Bigi productions presents an IGT Umbrian wine starring Sangiovese and Merlot. The story of the union of two grape types; its a story of passion between a land and a climate in the year of 1999. Rated 13 per cent. Sartian...
There are two types of people, says Raffaele Ranucci. Those who make problems and those who resolve them. We belong to the latter group. The president of EUR Spa is not shy about explaining the companys reputation for ef...
Only four shopping weeks until Christmas and you still havent found gifts for everyone? Dont panic! A new UK-based company is offering an internet service that supplies ideas for presents and purchases and sends them on...
In Italian, Slow Food is feminine and, with the accent, comes out as la zlo foud (heavy on the final d, of course). Founded in the Piedmont region in the early 1980s, the Slow Food movement has been international since 1...
Verdis Macbeth goes on stage at Teatro Comunale in Florence (28 Nov-5 Dec). The work has become a feature of the repertoire of many Italian opera houses; the most recent production dates back to the Spoleto festival in J...
The new season in Milan gets underway at Teatro degli Arcimboldi on 7 Dec. It opens with Iphignie en Aulide by Gluck (until 21 Dec). This opera was written for Paris in 1774; Gluck wanted to win back the French capital f...
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