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Chiquinho Costa. Photo: Disclosure.
Chiquinho Costa. Photo: Disclosure.

Opera Through the Times Project begins on the day 15 March

Series of virtual broadcasts take a historical tour of striking stretches of great operas

In more than 400 years of history, the opera universe has a series of striking pieces, recognized even for audiences unfamiliar with classical music. In six weekly virtual meetings, always on Mondays, at 8:0 pm, the ‘Opera through the Times’ project aims to present some of these most appreciated passages, with comments on the main styles of each season, its composers, the context and plot of the main operas over the years.

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Broadcasts, that will take place live by channel Direction Culture, bring together nine experienced singers, that will take turns over the six meetings, with accompaniment of orchestra reduction for piano. Taking a historical tour, the project will go through the Baroque styles, classic and romantic – from belcanto to verismo – to contemporary. The first event, on 15 March, is dedicated to the Baroque period, located between the 17th and 18th centuries, highlighting Händel (1685 – 1759), composer born in germany, who passed through Italy before becoming a British citizen.

Accompanying guest musicians, Chiquinho Costa is a pianist with a doctorate in the field from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and years of practice in accompanying lyrical singers in presentations, singing rehearsals and contests. He will make the comments between the presentations together with Pepes do Valle, who shares with him the artistic coordination of the ‘Opera through the Times’ project and is a prominent low-baritone of the national lyrical scene, e Antoine Kolokathis, creator and producer of the initiative. Founder of Direction Cultura Produções and specialized in public training actions, through projects such as Theater in Schools, Animation Workshops, Classics on the Scene and Cultural Workshops, Antoine is also a tenor, and will be one of the singers of the program dedicated to Verdi and Puccini, on 05 April.

The project Opera Through the Ages is an achievement of Kalithéa Produções, company related to the Culture Department, made possible through ProAC Expresso LAB (Lei Aldir Blanc). The transmissions of the free shows will be made live, through the Youtube and Facebook channels of the Cultura Direction.

Service:
“Opera Through Time” Project
From 15 of the March 20 April, always on Mondays, at 8:0 pm
In March: 15/03, 22/03 and 29/03
In April: 05/04, 12/04 and 20/04
Streaming: Youtube Culture Direction and Facebook Culture Direction
More info: www.direcaocultura.com.br

 

Programming:

15/03 – Baroque Program

22/03 – Mozart program

29/03 – Bel Canto Program

05/04 – Gave to the program / Puccini

12/04 – French and German Opera Program

19/04 – Opera Program in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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