MARIETTA PICCOLOMINI, VERDI'S VIOLETTA
Teatro della Grancia
Friday, August 26, 2016, h 19.00
Soprano Silvia Dalla Benetta
Piano Michele D'Elia
Alla croce di Savoia
Prelude Act I
“Timor di me?… D’amor sull’ali rosee”
Romance without words and Valzer in F Major
“Tu punisci, o Signore… A brani, a brani, o perfido”
"Com'è bello, quale incanto"
“È strano, è strano… Ah, fors’è lui … Follie, follie”
Prelude Act III
“Teneste la promessa… Addio del passato”
Richard Wagner / Franz Liszt
Romance from opera Tannhäuser
Michael William Balfe
The bohemian girl
“I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls”
From her hometown Siena, Marietta Piccolomini went on to sing in the grand theatres of Europe and the United States, achieving phenomenal success in London, Paris, New York and Philadelphia. Her career was short but satisfyingly rich, epitomised in her Violetta Valéry in La traviata, an interpretation that garnered the respect and appreciation of Giuseppe Verdi himself, notoriously demanding of the protagonists of his work. The composer conceived for her the role of Cordelia in the much dreamed of but never realised adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. In 1860, Luigi Arditi wrote the celebrated valzer brillante, Il bacio for Piccolomini. She was in life a fervent patriot: she supported the actions of Giuseppe Garibaldi and often on public occasions sang Alla croce di Savoia anthem, composed by Pietro Romani to a text by Giosuè Carducci.
Re-invoking the figure and art of Marietta Piccolomini will be the voice of the soprano Silvia Dalla Benetta, today considered one of the finest interpreters of the character of Violetta Valéry, both for her notable technical expertise and for her charming stage presence, and the pianist Michele D’Elia, associate of some of the most important belcanto festivals in Europe. They have undertaken this retracing of the repertoire that Piccolomini performed around the world, from the operas of Donizetti and Verdi to the mundane compositions of Arditi.