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    Donizetti Opera: starting on 22nd November with the Inaugural Gala

    The Donizetti Opera Festival raises the curtain with its Inaugural Gala starring the belcanto divas Daniela Barcellona and Jessica Pratt

    On the podium, the musical director Riccardo Frizza

    The concert with the RAI National Orchestra is dedicated to Donizetti and Rossini
    Bergamo, Teatro Sociale, Thursday 22nd November, 8.30pm

    Up go the lights for the fourth edition of the International Donizetti Opera Festival 2018, which, prepared by the artistic director Francesco Micheli, will involve the public, until 2nd December, in a great celebration of Gaetano Donizetti.

    The first event of the festival is the Inaugural Gala on 22nd November, at the Teatro Sociale, at 8.30pm. As well as Donizetti, the event is also dedicated to Rossini, to mark the 150th anniversary of his death. The festival’s musical director, Riccardo Frizza launches the debut in Bergamo on the podium for the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, with the Donizetti Chorus (whose choral master is Fabio Tartari) and a group of exceptional vocal soloists, including the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona and soprano Jessica Pratt (nominated this year as artist in residence of the Festival), with tenors Levy Segkapane and Xabier Anduaga, engaged in roles from ‘Rita’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Don Pasquale’ and ‘La Favorite’, by Donizetti and Tancredi, and ‘Semiramide’, ‘La donna del lago’ and ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ by Rossini.

    The inauguration will also be an opportunity to present another company that has joined the ‘Ambasciatori di Donizetti’ (Donizetti Ambassadors) project, with Jessica Pratt, during the concert, wearing jewellery by D’orica, a goldsmith’s of excellence from Vicenza. As part of the Donizetti Opera Festival, D’orica will also present its new jewellery collection entitled ‘Treesure’, precious and exclusive items that combine the art of goldsmithery with that of silk entirely produced in Italy. Thus another member joins the group of private citizens and companies that, through Art Bonus, lends its support to the festival, and to the promotion of the community of Gaetano Donizetti’s birthplace.

    22nd November 2018
    Teatro Sociale
    Inaugural Gala
    Music by Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti

    Soprano Jessica Pratt
    Mezzosoprano Daniela Barcellona
    Tenore Levy Sekgapane
    Tenore Xabier Anduaga
    Tenore Matteo Mezzaro
    Baritono Riccardo Certi
    Basso Luca Tittoto

    Conductor Riccardo Frizza

    Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
    Coro Donizetti Opera
    Choirmaster Fabio Tartari

    Gioachino Rossini
    Tancredi, Sinfonia
    “Oh patria! dolce e ingrata patria!” (Tancredi, Atto I) – Daniela Barcellona

    Gaetano Donizetti
    “Je suis joyeux” (Rita) – Xabier Anduaga

    Gioachino Rossini
    “O fiamma soave” (La donna del lago, Atto II) – Levy Sekgapane and Choir

    Gaetano Donizetti
    “Oh giusto cielo!” (Lucia di Lammermoor, Atto III) – Jessica Pratt, Matteo Mezzaro, Riccardo Certi, Luca Tittoto and Choir


    Gioachino Rossini
    Semiramide, Sinfonia
    “Eccomi alfine in Babilonia” (Semiramide, Atto I) – Daniela Barcellona and Choir
    “Cessa di più resistere” (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Atto II) – Levy Sekgapane and Choir

    Gaetano Donizetti
    Don Pasquale, Ouverture
    “Cercherò lontana terra” (Don Pasquale, Atto I) – Xabier Anduaga
    La Favorite, Prélude
    “L’ai-je bien entendu!” (La Favorite, Atto III) – Daniela Barcellona