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Opera italiana

Music by Nicola Campogrande
Libretto by Elio and Piero Bodrato
Edition Breitkopf & Härtel

World premiere
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3 August 2022 . H 21:00 Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca5 August 2022 . H 21:00 Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca
from €30 to €60

Opera italiana, composed by Nicola Campogrande between 2008 and 2010, was commissioned by Comitato Italia 150. The opera was to be set in the past fifty years of Italian history. For this reason Elio, wearing the librettist’s hat for the first time, together with Piero Bodrato came up with a story which takes place during three key moments in recent history: the ‘60s and ‘70s, the ‘80s, and present day. Martina Franca will see the first ever performances of this work. The score is in three acts, and lasts around 90 minutes in total. Act I is set in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, with hints to the promise of wealth and affluence, urban speculation, generational clashes and revolution, beat music, the emergence of drugs, right up to the anni di piombo. Act II takes place in the ‘80s, with strong references to commercial TV, the culture of all that is ephemeral, of unrestrained hedonism, of “Milano da bere”. Act III develops in the present day, with virtual finance, minimalism, new forms of spirituality, individualism, and the great fears and promises for the future.


Presentations and conferences | Mettiamoci all’opera

Nicola Campogrande presents his play Opera italiana, in absolute premier
Auditorium della Fondazione Paolo Grassi, Martina Franca | Saturday, July 30th h. 7:00 PM
The event is held in Italian


Conductor Alessandro Cadario
Director Tommaso Franchin
Scenes Fabio Carpene
Costumes Giada Masi
Light designer Alessandro Carletti

Opera Cristian Arsenova
Scellerata Candida Guida
Soldini Raffaele Abete
Mario Gurgen Baveyan
Balconi Yuri Guerra
Quello che suona Claudio Bonfiglio 

Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari

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Date: 3 August 2022, 5 August 2022
Time: 21:00, 21:00
Cost: from €30 to €60
Where: Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca