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Italy’s opera tradition comes to life at Dubai concert
Opera singers and young musicians from Italy on Wednesday celebrated the country’s renowned musical heritage in a spectacular performance at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The orchestra of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala was led by one of Italy’s acclaimed conductors Donato Renzetti at the Millennium amphitheatre.
Young and diverse talents from the institution, also called the La Scala Academy, were selected to perform before an audience that included senior officials such as Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
The concert pulled together excerpts from the greatest Italian operas.
The average age of the musicians is 20 and they come from varied backgrounds in Italy and overseas.
Performing arias and ensemble pieces steeped in the Italian lyric tradition were Italian soprano Clarissa Costanzo, tenor Azer Zada from Azerbaijan, baritone Ettore Chi Hoon Lee and violinist Da Won Ghang both from South Korea.
The young musicians have already established a name for themselves and delivered performances in operatic repertoire around the world.
Leading young people from the academy was a homecoming for Mr Renzetti, who began his career as a percussionist at La Scala when he was a teenager.
“Working with young people is a joy for me and provides me with satisfaction that money can’t buy,” he said.
“Meeting the young people from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala was an intense moment. The quality of the work we have been doing together in the last few days fills me with confidence for the future.”
The young artistes are regarded as ambassadors who promote music and culture around the world, including at the Expo in Dubai.
The Bracco Foundation that supports the academy with scholarships, training and placements, said it was keen to bring the musicians to the world’s fair.
“We decided to bring La Scala orchestra to Expo 2020 Dubai to put these young talents up on a prestigious international stage,” said Diana Bracco, president of the foundation.
Support for the arts was key as the foundation saw “the value of culture as an educational tool that can improve quality of life and strengthen social cohesion”.
Expo 2020 Dubai has drawn people from around the world, with more than 4.1 million visits registered since its opening last month.
It will run until the end of March, with cultural shows, conferences and musical events held almost every day.