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The traditional Cartagena Music Festival begins this Wednesday with baroque opera

The traditional Cartagena Music Festival begins this Wednesday with baroque
The Cartagena Music Festival will be inaugurated with baroque opera. – Courtesy.

With a face-to-face concert at the Adolfo Mejía Theater, the fifteenth version of the Cartagena Music Festival It will begin with a baroque opera repertoire, by the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic, under the direction of the Italian Sebastiano Rolli.

Focused on the 17th century repertoire, the Cartagena Music Festival will begin with a concert of baroque music, offering a journey through fragments of some iconic works of this genre. Since The Fable of Orpheus Y The coronation of Poppea, by Claudio Monteverdi, passing through The Jason (Jason), from Cavalli, Mithridates Eupator, de Scarlatti, hasta Julius Caesar, by Händel, the opening concert of the contest will take place in person, at 7:00 pm today, at the Adolfo Mejía Theater.

The baroque repertoire will be performed by the Youth Philharmonic from Bogotá, under the baton of the Italian conductor Sebastiano Rolli, with the accompaniment of members of the Ensamble Barroco de Bogotá.

Rolli’s direction is one of the most anticipated moments of the musical integration process between Italy Y Colombia within the framework of the festival, as the musician has directed some of the most recognized operas, including The troubadour, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Attila, Nabucco, The barber of Seville, The wedding of Figaro, Il Tabarro and Cavalleria rusticana, besides being the author of the critical study Giuseppe Verdi: The Master of Melodrama.

The fifteenth version of the Cartagena Music Festival, under the name dand “Il Bel Canto: opera in the Italian musical tradition”, It is designed for the public to get closer to the different moments of the opera and thereby witness the musical evolution of the genre.

Starting from The Orpheus fable, from Monteverdi, which is considered as the origin of this musical trend, passing through compositions by Gluck and Mozart, as well as by Semiramide, from Gioachino Rossini, the tour will end with Verdi and Puccini on July 3.

The Italian director Sebastiano Rolli is in Bogota rehearsing with the Youth Philharmonic of Bogotá the concerts of the opera nights at the Adolfo Mejía Theater which will take place from June 30 to July 3 in the Walled City within the framework of the Cartagena XV Music Festival.

The direction of the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic by director Sebastiano Rolli is one of the most anticipated moments in the process of musical integration between Italy and Colombia within the framework of the Cartagena XV Music Festival.

Sebastiano Rolli he studied Chamber Music and Composition at the Conservatories of Parma and Milan. He has directed some of the most recognized operas such as The troubadour, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Attila, Nabucco, The barber of Seville, The wedding of Figaro, Il Tabarro and Cavalleria rusticana. Likewise, he directed a tour with Juan Diego Flórez in Mexico and Peru. He is also an outstanding writer, being the author of the critical study “Giuseppe Verdi: The Master of Melodrama.” Maestro Rolli is regularly invited by musical institutions to give workshops to deepen the interpretation of Verdi and choral music.

The Youth Philharmonic of Bogotá is made up of 40 young people. His repertoire includes works from the classical and romantic period. He has participated in highly demanding operatic productions such as Verdi’s Falstaff; Bernstein’s Candide; A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten, Cinderella by Rossini, The Knight of the Rose by Strauss and Madama Butterfly by Puccini. Since its creation and until 2018, the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic was directed by maestro Carlos Villa. Currently Manuel López-Gómez is its director.

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