Donizetti Night 2016
On Saturday the 11th of June, since 5:30pm until late in the night, music, words, images and colours by and for Donizetti have animated palaces, cloisters, squares and monuments in the upper city. The occasion was the “Donizetti Night” the culminating event of a week rich in happenings dedicated to the publicizing of the works and life of the composer from Bergamo, part of a Summer activity organized by Fondazione Donizetti in order to “awake” a newer pride towards the artistic expression of a musician known and loved all over the world.
22 different locations (in 2015 “just” 16), 40 musical happenings, plus an exhibition and a series of itinerant events, and above 400 artists and technicians involved: these are the numbers which describe the 2016 edition of the “Donizetti Night” which was sponsored by ABenergie, “the light of the Donizetti Night”.
After the great success of the first edition in 2015 – when in just one night around 20.000 people have pacifically “invaded” the Upper City of Bergamo in the name of Donizetti – the 2016 program has been even richer, with a special event that was initially planned to be in Piazza Vecchia, and then “moved” to Teatro Sociale because of a sudden storm: Lucia OFF, in the original version of the Donizetti’s masterpiece thought and narrated by the artistic director Francesco Micheli, with the participation of the eminent soprano Desirée Rancatore – one of the greatest opera singers today – in the role of Lucia; the Ensemble dei Pomeriggi Musicali directed by Giancarlo Rizzi has performed the immortal melodies of the masterpiece in a reduction by Alberto Cara.
The Donizetti Night begun at 5:30pm at the Teatro Sociale, with an event especially dedicated to children and families, a new creation which joined together two pride points of Bergamo, puppets and Donizetti: Gaetano, Gioppino e l’elisir d’amore put on stage by Daniele Cortesi. While Donizetti Alive! has come back on stage in the Domus Magna in a new version: the best pasts of the work dedicated to Donizetti created for EXPO Milano 2015 – commissioned to a creative, young and international team composed by OperAlchemica and Pasquale Corrado in the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the Fondazione Congregazione della Misericordia Maggiore di Bergamo.
The Donizetti Night 2016 program this year has been completed by a series of happenings “Before the Night”, since the 7th until the 10th of June realized in collaboration with the shop holders in the Upper City.