In addition to interesting ideas addressed to students and young people Under 30 each year, 2013 has seen the arrival of projects ad hoc.
Opera Aperta AIDA was a success: a music education project carried out by the team “Draw Music, music by all to grow together” for Verona’s primary schools with the aim of familiarising the new generations with the world of opera. There were big audiences for the performances at Teatro Ristori on Sunday, 12th May 2013 and at the auditorium of the Gran Guardia on Sunday, 19th May included in the demonstration concert MAGGIOSCUOLA 2013 organized by the Verona City Council’s Education Department. The concert was the fruit of the study undertaken by 480 pupils from 8 to 11 years of age and their teachers, 20 classes in all, drawn from 8 primary schools in Verona, working together on Verdi’s opera, Aida.
Furthermore, among the projects addressed to young people, there was Opera Factory at Teatro Ristori on Saturday, 25th May. The LAB – Verdi and Shakespeare in progress was an event presenting four new productions of contemporary chamber music theatre: DROPBOXVERDI - TRILOGIA POPOLARE, OTHELLOSEXMACHINE, MR. MACBETH and FALSTAFF IN PIECES / the SIT-OPERA. At the end of the evening, the complete scores of the project, librettos, sketches of the scenes and picture-cards of the costumes were officially handed over to Fondazione Arena di Verona. A research laboratory, lasting one year, is created by young composers, playwrights, directors, scenographers and costume designers. Their objective is to create original formats of new operas in order to try to attract and train a new audience of young people, keen on music and specialists in the field. Opera Factory, the brainchild of Francesco Micheli, forms part of the NovOpera Italian Centre for Research and Experimentation in theatre, music and the art of dancing, encouraged and sponsored by the Fondazione Arena in partnership with the Verona Opera Academy, due to start in 2013. Other partners in the project are As.Li.Co. and the Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia.