Festival 2015 / The Voice of Verdi: Marianna Barbieri Nini
Teatro della Grancia
Friday, August 28, 2015, h 21.00
THE VOICE OF VERDI: MARIANNA BARBIERI NINI
Soprano Rachele Stanisci
Piano Beatrice Bartoli
"Tutto or morte… Fra due tombe, fra due spettri"
"Come è bello, quale incanto"
Fantasia brillante op. 151 sull'opera "Anna Bolena" di Gaetano Donizetti
"Piangete voi? Al dolce guidami"
"Era desso il figlio mio"
Fantasia sull'opera "I lombardi" di Giuseppe Verdi
I vespri siciliani
"Arrigo! ah parli a un core"
"Una macchia è qui tutt’ora"
Verdi was a composer who was very demanding with the interpreters of his music. However he was never disappointed by the Florentine soprano Marianna Barbieri Nini, a powerful yet agile voice, able to face great dramatic moments and successfully resolve the most virtuosic coloratura. On her exceptional artistic personality Verdi modeled the characters of Lucrezia Contarini in “Due Foscari", Gulnara in “Il Corsaro" and, above all, the Lady Macbeth in his masterpiece based on Shakespeare’s tragedy. Barbieri Nini was also famous for her lack of physical beauty, so she always tried to make her debut in a new theater as "Lucrezia Borgia" by Donizetti, a work in which the protagonist is masked for the duration of the prologue. The astute artist preferred to first conquer the audience with the beauty of her singing and then reveal those features which led Giuseppina Strepponi to say: "If she has found her husband, she can not despair of finding another!".
Instead, the beautiful presence and voice of the dramatic soprano of agility Rachele Stanisci, along with Beatrice Bartoli, will evoke the glories of Barbieri Nini through some great scenes that see Donizetti’s majestic queens and Verdi's tormented heroines. The soprano from Puglia is today one of the few Italian singers to perform with great international success repertoire ranging from "Norma" by Bellini, who she will play at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, to Puccini's operas and Verismo.