THE MUSES OF VERDI: GIUSEPPINA STREPPONI
Teatro della Grancia
Friday, August 18, 2017, h 19.00
Soprano Eunhee Kim
Baritone Leon Kim
Piano Michele D'Elia
Un ballo in maschera
“Ecco l'orrido campo... Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa”
"Ei fugge!… Lina, pensai che un angelo… Oh gioia inesprimibile”
“La luce langue"
"Perfidi! All'anglo contro me v'unite!... Pietà, rispetto, onore"
I vespri siciliani
"Arrigo, ah parli a un core"
"Vecchio! spiccai da te… La sua lampada vitale… Tremate, o miseri"
"Tacea la notte placida... Di tale amore"
“Udiste?... Mira, di acerbe lagrime”
To imagine the life and career of Giuseppe Verdi without Giuseppina Strepponi is practically impossible. The celebrated singer was initially an acclaimed performer of some of his operas (Nabucco, Ernani), then passionate lover and subsequently beloved companion, adviser, collaborator and supporter. “And you haven’t written anything yet? You see? You haven’t got your poor, boring little thing in the corner of the room, snuggled up in the armchair telling you this is beautiful, creator – this not – Stop – repeat: this is original”, Strepponi wrote to Verdi in 1853, testifying to an extremely close relationship both personally and artistically. It was a partnership that lasted more than half a century, never disrupted by the dark clouds that there were: Strepponi’s troubled past, with her illegitimate children abandoned in Florence and, especially, Verdi’s passion for Teresa Stolz, which caused considerable pain to Peppina. A few hours before her death, in the Sant’Agata villa, Verdi brought her a flower picked from the garden and invited her to smell its perfume. She apologised to the maestro: “I can’t. I’ve got a bit of a cold”.
To re-evoke the figure of Giuseppina Strepponi, primadonna, in the inaugural concert of the fourth Solo Belcanto Festival, two young Korean talents, the soprano Eunhee Kim and the baritone Leon Kim, winners of awards in international competitions such as Eva Marton in Budapest and Placido Domingo's Operalia. With them the pianist Michele D’Elia, highly acclaimed last year in the Teatro della Grancia.