Festival 2017 / Voices fron Terre di Siena: Giulio Neri
VOICES FROM TERRE DI SIENA: GIULIO NERI
Teatro della Grancia
Saturday, August 19, 2017, h 19.00
Bass Giacomo Prestia
Mezzosoprano Giada Frasconi
Piano Michele D'Elia
Music by Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Arrigo Boito
Born in 1909 in Torrita di Siena, twenty kilometres from Montisi, Giulio Neri is a legend of Italian opera in the twentieth century. His basso profondo reached C1 and was particularly suited, on account of its dark tone and impressive volume, to embody demonic and priestly figures. In the Verdi canon he was a key interpreter of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino, Ramfis in Aida and, especially the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, his most impressive achievement. But in reality he had a wide repertoire extending from the operas of Monteverdi to twentieth century composers. In the years in which the operas of Wagner were still performed in Italian he played Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Fafner in Das Rheingold, Hunding and Wotan in Die Walküre, Hagen in Götterdämmerung, King Henry in Lohengrin and King Mark in Tristan und Isolde. He also had celebrity in cinema, performing in several opera films; his appearance in Mi permette babbo?, in which, playing himself, he threw the would be singer Alberto Sordi out of the changing room of the Opera di Roma.
Extremely rare nowadays, the basso profondo voice finds in Giacomo Prestia one of the most talents of his generation. Accompanying him are the pianist Michele D’Elia and the young mezzosoprano from Umbria Giada Frasconi from the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.