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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Salieri's First: Il Mondo Alla Rovescia at Teatro Salieri, Legnago and Teatro Filarmonico, Verona

Saturday the 14th of November 2009 at 8:00 pm at Teatro Salieri (phone +39 0442 25 477, Legnago (Italy) first staging in modern times of the opera Il mondo alla rovescia (The world upside down), by Antonio Salieri. The libretto is taken from the analogous Carlo Goldoni's play. This staging is a co-production between the Fondazione Culturale Antonio Salieri, of Legnago, and the Fondazione Arena di Verona.

The conductor is Federico Maria Sardelli; director is Marco Gandini; set designer, Carlo Centolavigna; costume designer, Silvia Aymonino. The cast includes Maria Laura Martorana, Marco Filippo Romano, Patrizia Cigna, Rosa Bove, Emanuele D'Aguanno, Maurizio Lo Piccolo. Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena of Verona.

After the première in Legnago, the town where the great composer Salieri was born, there will be five performances at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona (, on the 20-22-24-26-28 November.

The dramma giocoso was first staged at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1795. John A. Rice, in his decisive study on Salieri, devotes many pages to the "musical richness of Mondo alla rovescia".

We are in a far remoted island, where the social relations between men and women are upside down: the women hold the power (in the private life as well as in politics and in the military), whereas men have taken up the so-called feminine roles. Two Europeans, a man (a Count) and a woman (a Marquess), are taken prisoners. They will throw the existing balances into disorder. At the end the Count will stay on the island, marrying the Colonel (who is a she); the Marquess will instead go back to Europe, coupling with the nephew of the General (she). The opera ends then with a peace message, not only one of blending of cultures. The Count says he wants to stay – not only to marry the Colonel(la). Exchange of cultures, freedom of decision, possible worlds, less certainties: the "moral" of the opera becomes quite conciliating. The reality of the exchange of cultures lessen the moral judgement on the women in power. On the musical level, the final chorus praising love is sung by the European soldiers as well as by the island soldiers (women): the island upside down world looks like one of the possible worlds.
Tickets at Teatro Salieri, Legnago: from € 9 to € 29, on sale from October 27th at the Theatre box office, + 39 0442 25 477. Tickets are also on sale at the phone with credit card; online,
Tickets for Teatro Filarmonico, Verona: from €20 to €60, on sale at the Theatre box office, +39 045 800 5151.
Teatro Salieri is run by the Fondazione Culturale A. Salieri. The Founders are:
Comune di Legnago, Fondazione CariVerona, Riello SpA, Riello Elettronica SpA, Provincia di Verona, CrediVeneto.

The Veneto Region government also support the Fondazione Culturale A. Salieri.
Other members of the Fondazione are: Famila - Commerciale Brendolan, Lineagrafica, Banca Popolare di Verona, Banca Veneta 1896, Reale Mutua Assicurazioni – Mazzocco Ag. di Legnago, Cattolica Assicurazioni, Camera di Commercio Industria e Artigianato, Grafiche Stella, Hotel Pergola, Bonfante Tecnologie Abitative, Associazione Il Basso Adige; and the towns of Angiari, Bevilacqua, Bonavigo, Boschi Sant'Anna, Bovolone, Castagnaro, Cerea, Gazzo Veronese, Minerbe, Montagnana, Roverchiara, Terrazzo, Villa Bartolomea.

Federico Maria Sardelli
Conductor, musicologist, composer.

In 1984 Sardelli founded the Baroque orchestra Modo Antiquo, with which he appears at major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe as both soloist and conductor. He is regularly invited to the most prestigious European concert halls.

He appears as a guest conductor with many symphony orchestras, such as the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra.

Since 2006 he has been principal guest conductor of the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sardelli has made more than forty recordings as soloist and conductor, part of them in co-production with the German broadcast company Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WRD 3). He has twice been nominated for the Grammy Awards, and he is one of the top artists of the "Vivaldi Edition" by Naïve.

He will record for Deutsche Grammophon Händel's arie, also on tour with Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.

Sardelli is a protagonist in the Vivaldi renaissance: he conducted the world premiere recording and performance of the operas Arsilda Regina di Ponto, Orlando Furioso, Tito Manlio, Montezuma, and Atenaide.

Among his past engagements Handel's Ariodante at the Opera House in Halle. He conducted Domenico Sarro's Achille in Sciro (first performance in modern times) at the Festival della Valle d'Itria, Italy.

As principal guest conductor of the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, he is regularly invited to conduct Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on modern instruments but with historically informed practice. In particular, his performances of Beethoven's symphonies and overtures has received the highest critical acclaim.
In november 2008, he conducted at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in Rome.

He recently conducted a concert of unpublished Vivaldi's pieces for Il Genio Fiorentino, which have been also recorded as an album called "Vivaldi: New discoveries", just issued by Naïve. At the Santiago de Compostela Festival he made his debut with Juditha Triumphans. Then he will conduct Händel's Concerti grossi op. III at the Händelfestspiele in Halle and Juditha Triumphans at the Festival Soli Deo Gloria in Braunschweig (art director John Eliot Gardiner).

Other opera engagements include: Ariodante at the 2009 Festival International de Musique Baroque de Beaune and at the Festival Via Stellae in Santiago de Compostela; Die Schöpfung al Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova. In 2010 he will conduct Alcina in a new production at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago in Cile.

Alongside his career in the concert hall, he is also active as a musicologist. He is a member of the musicological committee of the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi, and published many essays and critical editions (among these, Vivaldi's Music for Flute and Recorder, published in the United Kingdom by Ashgate). He is general editor of the collection of facsimile editions Vivaldiana and of the Opere Incomplete (SPES, Florence).
Peter Ryom appointed him as Chief Responsible of the Vivaldi Catalogue (RV).

Federico Maria is also painter, engraver and satirical writer.

Marco Gandini
Marco Gandini, 1966, starts as actor in production by Giorgio Marini, Sylvano Bussotti and Giancarlo Cobelli.

In 1990 and 1991 he works as stage manager and director assistant at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, for both winter and summer seasons at Caracalla Baths, and in following years as first assistant of Filippo Crivelli, Lofti Mansouri, Giuliano Montaldo, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Hugo de Ana, Nuria Espert.

1992 signs the beginning of an uninterrupted collaboration with Franco Zeffirelli for opera and movie. 
In recent years he has been assisting Graham Vick for both new productions and revivals.

He has worked in almost every opera house in Italy and most regularly at Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, San Carlo di Napoli, Comunale di Bologna, Arena di Verona, Comunale di Firenze, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, as well as in many Opera Houses abroad such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden New York Metropolitan Opera, Washington and Los Angeles Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Teatro Liceu in Barcellona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro della Maestranza in Seville, San Petersburg, New National Theatre in Tokyo. 
In 1997 he debuted as director with a new production of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, soon after revived in Palermo and in Verona again.

Other new productions follow: Tabarro (Verona), La Lupa by Marco Tutino (Palermo), L'Amico Fritz (Catania and Verona), Gianni Schicchi in another brand new production specially designed for Japan Tour of Teatro Comunale in Bologna and then revived in Italy, Tancredi by Rossini (Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Ferrara), La Zingara by Donizetti e Le Due Contesse by Paisiello at Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Gazzetta at Garsington Opera Festival in England, Cavalleria Rusticana and La Vida Breve in Livorno, for the opening of the newly restored Teatro Goldoni, La Traviata (Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona, Pavia, Sassari e Genova), La Finta Semplice at Teatro Malibran (Venezia), L'italiana in Algeri (Treviso), Il Flauto Magico at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, I Giochi d'Agrigento by Paisiello at Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, Pagliacci (Sassari), Così Fan Tutte (coproduction between Fondazione Toscanini and Israeli Opera).

Recent new productions: Don Bucefalo in Martina Franca, Un Ballo In Maschera in Firenze (2008), L'Elisir d'amore in Tokyo 2009, Cosi Fan tutte in Palermo (2009) Les Dialogues de Carmèlites Tokyo (2009), Orphèe Aux Enfer in Cagliari, and Pia de' Tolomei by Donizetti for the opening of a new Opera House in Tokyo.



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