"Opera Rescue" 2018/19, in an Italian Opera Theatre
Help us recovering the Opera tradition in one of the most famous historical Italian Theatre.
The main objective of this project is the recovery and restoration of traditional lyrical opera season at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova (Opera Theatre) for the season 2018/2019.
To read the Press Release please click here.
Facade of the Teatro Sociale di Mantova:
Interior of the Teatro Sociale di Mantova:
"Associazione Musicale Filarmonica del Veneto" have been working at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova with their own lyric productions since 2014. Titles thus far include "Rigoletto", "La Traviata", "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", "La Bohème", "Nabucco" and "Tosca". Having found and deepened all the dynamics the necessities to produce a serious season of Lyrical Opera at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova (Opera Theatre), they aim to:
- collect the necessary funds for the production of the upcoming 2018/19 lyrical season. Specifically in January,February 2019 and March 2019. The season will consist of a total of three performances, namely the titles: "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by G. Rossini and "Turandot" by G. Puccini.
- give to the supporters of the project the opportunity to contribute freely or at the price of a ticket. Those who contribute by donating at least the cost of the ticket price will have the right, if declared, to a place reserved for one of the 3 shows (for further information contact us).
To discover all the details about "Rigoletto" please click here.
To discover all the details about "Barbiere di Siviglia" please click here.
To discover all the details about "Turandot" please click here
This theatre arose from a private initiative of opera enthusiasts who for love of art and their city, gathered around 1817 in the "Society of the Palchettisti", personally contributing to its production, while remaining both owners and privileged assignees of the prestigious building theatre boxes.
Nowadays "Filarmonica del Veneto" rely on private support with a heartfelt call to all those who love art, music and especially Lyrical Opera in this historical period where, especially in the Italian territory, there is considerable difficulty in finding economic support of public institutions.
"Filarmonica del Veneto", which by their very nature are constantly active in the promotion of Italian artistic culture, have seen in the Teatro Sociale di Mantova (Opera Theatre) a rare example of excellent private management implemented by the owners of the historic building. It is in fact considered the best place to create seasons of Lyrical Opera not only avoiding political interests or personal bribes but also having the main purpose of reproducing Italian artistic tradition by offering a product that includes the experiences of the past and opens up innovative ideas for an interested and involved audience.
The project précis is also thanks to the City of Mantua (Italy), which owes much to the legacy of the Gonzaga court that made it one of the main centres of the Italian and European Renaissance. For this reason, in 2008 it achieved the inclusion in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. In 2016 it was also awarded the title of Italian Capital of Culture by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
It should also be remembered that Giuseppe Verdi set one of his most famous works, "Rigoletto", in Mantua. The melodrama is set in the sixteenth century and is so well described that both the sumptuous Palazzo del Duca di Mantova and the home of the famous unfortunate and petty court buffoon are easily identified. The home of the court buffoon in particular, so much so that the building in question has became a city museum that anyone can visit.
Some architectural notes of the Teatro Sociale di Mantova (Opera Theatre).
- Project and design by the architect Luigi cav. Canonica (Tesserete, 1762 - Milan, 1844).
Year of construction and inauguration: 26 December 1822.
- Sculptures by Antonio Spazzi (Pellio Superiore -Co, 1770 - Verona, 1848).
- Pictorial works by Tranquillo Orsi (Mantova 1771- Venice 1844), Carlo Anselmo Giovanni Maria Bustaffa (Mantua 1773-1850) and Francesco Hayez (Venice 1871 - Milan 1882).
Some notes on Lyrical Opera productions hosted at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova (Opera Theatre):
- 1822 December 26 (inauguration of the Theatre): "Alfonso and Elisa" of S. Mercadante
- 1822: "Tebaldo e Isolina" by F. Morlacchi
- 1825: "The unhappy deception" by G. Rossini
- 1825: "Adelina" by P. Generali
- 1853: "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi
- 1853: "Lucia di Lammermoor" by G. Donizetti
- 1937: "The Force of Destiny" of G. greens
- 1939: "L'elisir d'amore" by G. Donizetti
- 1943: "La Bohème" by G. Puccini
- 1950: "Francesca da Rimini" by R.Zandonai
Riccardo Boeretto, President and Music Director of the Association "Filarmonica del Veneto", talks about this Project.
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Riccardo Boeretto and Paolo Protti, President of Teatro Sociale di Mantova
Riccardo Boeretto and Maurizio Brambini, Office Manager of Teato Sociale di Mantova
Riccardo Boeretto with Rebecca Zanetti, Marketing Manager of Teatro Sociale di Mantova
Riccardo Boeretto with Riccardo Braglia, the Director
Riccardo Braglia, the Director
Discover the Director:
Head of organization and promotion for the Association Filarmonica del Veneto.
Working on Kickstarter Project:
Ester is talking about this Project!
Stefania De Carli
Costume designer for Association Filarmonica del Veneto
Scenic designer for Association Filarmonica del Veneto
New: Video of the City of Mantua
Risks and challenges
In addition to the fundamental contribution of funding achieved via Kickstarter, in order to accomplish the goals of our project, the Association will also be busy in the ever-important promotional activities regarding the entire season, starting 45 days before the first production.
In fact, the first major challenges the Association will have to confront are the fundamental promotional aspects of this project, specifically: research and graphic rendition, and the distribution of marketing material.
As always, one of the main risks involved is not being able to respect the defined timetable. In the past years, the Association has established an internal structure, aided with third-party affiliations, that is capable of successfully handling these aspects. For example, tried-and-true graphic solutions for the lyrical opera sector are primarily considered. The promotional aspect will also have to be as practical and effective as possible. For example, on a regional level, there has been planned the distribution and posting of paper-based marketing material (both small and large), radio and television spots, regional press releases, and publications on the major Italian web and lyrical portals websites. Precisely: Artlist; Cantare l'Opera; Classica on line; Classictic; Liricamente; Teatro.it; Un ospite di Venezia.
Also in this case, the Association has gained considerable experience and, in particular, for the events to be presented at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova.
Another risk that is always present in these types of projects that involve the creation of an artistic show is the sudden unavailability of artists due to health reasons. Although this also includes the musicians of the orchestra, in the case of lyrical opera, it is even more problematic if it happens to not only a principal but also a secondary vocal interpreter. The choice of the cast is a delicate aspect made up of both vocal and personal balances. In the end, a good result during production is also due to the agreement and harmony that are created during the days of rehearsal and preparation. For this reason, the artistic choice becomes important to facilitate the work of all involved. If suddenly one or even more singers can no longer deal with the role due to health problems, the balance created is completely compromised. However, the Association is quite capable of handling such emergencies in a quick and calm manner by having a wide range of professionals and collaborators so broad as to promptly cover the missing roles.
In addition to these strengths, it should not be forgotten the availability of stage sets and theatrical costumes, the close collaboration with the Mousikè Drama Workshop (scenographic workshop and costumes tailoring) for every need in this regard, as well as professional laborers and technical staff necessary.
The main team following this project consists of:
Riccardo Leòn Boeretto (Artistic and General Direction)
Ester Benetello (Organization and Promotion Manager)
Alice Gobbo (Administrative Manager)
Dino Zorzenon (Head of Scenic Set-up)
Stefania De Carli (Head of Costume Design)
Without forgetting all the voluntary members of the Association who give their practical contribution for the success of the project.
- (30 days)