Circus and Pagliacci shout “Vittoria!” The Sferisterio cinema enchants the viewers

MACERATA OPERA FESTIVAL – The experiment of mixing movie and opera met with approval from the viewers, who reciprocated with thunderous applause on the premiere. On the one hand Chaplin’s sweetness and class, on the opposite the testomony of Commedia dell’Arte. The tenor Fabio Sartori is magnificent


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An outline of Sferisterio final night time

from Marco Ribachi

Profitable experiment. The Circus & Pagliacci conquers the viewers at Sferisterio and brings residence considerable and honest applause, an actual applause for the tenor Fabio Sartori. There was anticipation and worry for the “second premiere” of the Macerata Opera Competition, proposed as an actual creative problem: to know how you can mix two of essentially the most well-known and beloved visible arts ever, cinema and melodrama, on the identical stage. The sector has thus returned to its previous love for cinema, taking into consideration its previous as a venue for movie screenings. Ruggero Leoncavallo’s work “Pagliacci”, usually related to Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, was this time launched in a moderately progressive and daring approach on the screening of a silent movie, The Circus, signed by Charlie Chaplin in 1928. A mix that, not less than, at first at first look it will elevate professional questions, however which within the night time of the world has been in a position to develop with excessive coherence, even transcend the bounds of 1 and the opposite type of expression, rework into an actual creative investigation.

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The mayors of the province of Macerata yesterday within the area

In entrance of the eyes of the mayors of the province (learn the article), Sferisterio is about up with a big cinema material hooked up to the wall and surrounded by luminous balls. On the stage, alternatively, in virtually each room, a scenography strongly paying homage to the 2003 avant-garde movie Dogville by Lars Von Trier, the place the environments have been recognized by marked perimeters on the ground and with some distinctive furnishings. components. The primary look subsequently leaves little doubt: the connection between dwell performing and recorded picture will develop all through the night and symbolize the magnifying glass for understanding the director’s alternative.

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To open the night is Charlie Chaplin, whose hilarious feats are accompanied by the orchestra within the efficiency of the unique rating saved and rediscovered by the night’s baton, Maestro Timothy Brock. It’s subsequently an absolute world premiere whose impact is classy: it actually appears to return in time to the years when sound took its first steps in a cinema made from nice performing expressiveness. Having the ability to admire a soundtrack performed dwell by a complete orchestra, in Formen’s case, shouldn’t be an expertise that occurs each day. The beats, the bells, the variations all seem extraordinarily marked, and reveal, because the creative director Paolo Pinamonti wished, the robust continuity between digicam and musical accompaniment. The synchronization between photos and sound is formidable, and along with Charlotte’s humorous gags, it made a combination of extraordinary success. On the finish of the screening open stage applause.

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After the movie, nonetheless, it is time for opera. Through the intermission, whereas the spectators are nonetheless intent on chatting and strolling across the area, some extras start to enter the stage populating the whole stage metropolis with a cinema within the middle of the sq.. We’re roughly in the identical years because the film simply seen, the time distances have already been cancelled. If the inhabitants of the village are kidnapped by the pictures they see projected on the display screen (chosen by the director Alessandro Talevi himself) the identical can’t be mentioned of the present staged by Pagliacci’s firm which solely arouses yawns and distractions. Certainly, the occasions of Colombina, Pagliaccio, Taddeo and Arlecchino are against these projected by the cinema, and the conflict appears disparate: whereas the comedy firm is destined to say no, the nice technological innovation of the age will endlessly exchange the Commedia dell’ Arte, leaving the actors within the oblivion. Even visually, the distinction between the corporate and the viewers is drastic: on the one hand the intense and gaudy colours of the actors, on the opposite the grey plate that tastes of the suburbs that characterizes furnishings and characters.

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The defeat of the theater can be evident within the conduct of the spectators who slowly go away whereas Nedda, Canio, Silvio and firm are intent on creating their private and stage drama. Solely the ultimate anger and violence will as soon as once more appeal to the eye of the general public who will return en masse to the scene in the meanwhile of reckoning with blood. Right here the closing phrases of Canio “The comedy is over” go completely past the person dramas to place the ultimate level not solely on amorous affairs, however extra usually on the entire theater, defeated and carried away by the cinema. The ultimate bloodbath with which the play ends is emblematic on this sense: Canio, in line with the libretto, kills Nedda and Silvio in jealousy, whereas Tonio, primarily based on the director’s free interpretation, enters the stage armed with a pistol to kill all of the others and take life in good pulp type.

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It’s the closing testomony to the comedy destined to die out within the coming many years. After the bloodbath, solely the applause stays. They paid to the whole forged, to the director, to the director, and particularly to Fabio Sartori within the function of Canio / Pagliaccio, creator of an thrilling and uncommon ability. Simply because it had occurred for Valentina Carrasco’s Tosca cinephila (learn the article), it’s the cinema that acts as a counterweight to the work, as soon as once more the boundaries have been pushed, the operatic composition has develop into a soundtrack that highlights a brand new and surprising side of the whole spectacle referred to as melodrama.

(photograph Sferisterio / Luna Simoncini)

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Timothy Brock

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