The Opera world dress in mourning again a few months after the death of the famous soprano Montserrat Caballé. Today, Franco Zeffirelli has left us, at the age of 96, a director, unique in its kind, who has forever marked the history of the Opera.
His directing, his theatrical and cinematographic productions are unforgettable. A versatile artist, he has designed our imagery in his image and likeness, taking our hands and accompanying us from Egypt of Aida to the Beijing of our beloved Turandot. Born in 1923, with passion and dedication he built a career full of productions, successes and international awards, among which we remember: Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; Italian Medal of Merit for Culture and Art; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Primetime Emmy Awards.
There are no words to describe the person of Franco Zeffirelli, director, screenwriter, set designer, politician, who made Italy proud in the world, thanks to his talent, his versatility and his untiring dedication to work, of which his last reinterpretation of the Traviata (which is about to be inaugurated) is an example.
Today another important chapter closes, not only of Italian history, but of the whole world.
Original article by Martina Corona
Translated by Dario Medaglia
Usually we hear people say, about the Opera, that "one hates it" or "one loves it", but it is not exactly so, or rather, not really. Approaching the Opera, if you are a beginner and you have no one who can help, it is a path that can be really difficult, but with some small tips, which we will explain in another article, you can overcome the wall that separates you from this ancient but always present art. Here are the 10 most common difficulties encountered when dealing with the Opera:
1. The way it is seen.
The Opera is perceived as a world too far from the contemporary one, followed by a few loyalists who do not want to let go of their love for the antiquity.
2. The public.
The Opera public also influences the perception of this world. Today's young people, in fact, associate the Opera with arrogant lords and old snobby ladies with furs.
3. How it is promoted.
Even the promotion of the theater season is usually consistent with the two previous points. Advertising posters around the city made ad hoc for those who already know the Opera.
4. Its origins.
The Opera was born in the seventeenth century and, for non-enthusiasts, remained there. Also in this case, as in the previous ones, there is nothing more incorrect.