While at the Teatro alla Scala alternate Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Strauss’s “Salome” and the usual “Traviata”, conducted by Toscanini, it is the Teatro Lirico to stage a sparkling novelty: “The Land of Bells”, operetta in three acts by Carlo Lombardo, already known conductor, composer and librettist, and Virgilio Ranzato, violinist converted to the genre since 1911, when he had composed his first operetta for Milan, “Il Velivolo”. The placid atmosphere of a fantasy country, suspended in a timeless tradition and shaken by the irruption of a contemporaneity that creates havoc, distracts Italians from torpor and better suits the image of a new and modern Italy, the one to which the advertisements of Rinascente and Philips light bulbs wink.
Director Alessandro Talevi
Choreography Annamaria Bruzzese
Scenography and costumes Anna Bonomelli
Light Designer Pietro Sperduti
Maritina Tampakopoulos, soprano
Francesca Sassu, soprano
Silvia Regazzo, mezzosoprano
Norman Reinhardt, tenor
Matteo Macchioni, tenor
Tom Graziano de Pace
Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Coro del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari
Choir conductor Fabrizio Cassi
In co-production with Fondazione Teatro Carlo Coccia di Novara
25 July, 9 p.m. - Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca
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