Opera Domani was created in 1996. Since its early days, opera represented the foundation, the main reason and the goal of the project. Why did we decide to bet on such unusual artistic form, so far from everyday imagination and so difficult to understand as a whole?
In 1996 Barbara and Carlo were asking themselves if it could be possible to rediscover opera theatre as a positive experience for a future, new and curious audience. They were already thinking about theatres crowded with singing children.
A big challenge but clearly not impossible!
Today we don’t need numbers anymore. The goose bumps of those who attend a performance of Opera Domani, parents’ smiles when they discover the enthusiasm of their children in front of a simple accordion, these are our proofs. Generations and generations of children have grown up with Wolfagang, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Strauss just to name a few. Without forgetting Matteo Franceschini and Raffaele Sargenti, brilliant contemporary composers who gave life unprecedented plays.
Opera Education makes all this possible with the aim of making today’s youth into tomorrow’s audience. Not only theatre audience but cultural citizens with spirit of criticism and fascination for all kind of knowledge.
Carlo Delfrati explains us what Opera transmits to its audience.
Opera is a work of art that blends music, words and gestures. Opera is a means of communication; a multimedia form of art whose main trait is music. The music of instruments that accompanies dialogues, but also the music of words. And don’t forget body language, the singers that move on the scene use their gestures as an additional tool to underline emotions and feelings. Our purpose is to encourage empathy and a sense of belonging: the art education that we receive (through the environment or school) makes our eyes richer. The richer is our knowledge of the world the richer is our sensitivity and our ability to see and live in harmony with each other’s. As a picture is a way of looking into reality, music is a way to listen to it. Every picture is a point of view on the world. Every music is a listening point of the world. Opera increases our ability to be in harmony with other people.
What’s it for? Why do people make technical and organizational efforts to develop our platform and realise every year new editions of Opera Domani or Opera Kids throughout Italy? Trivially, it makes students know what melodrama is, but we can and we want find the real answer in the word: sharing. Sharing is an important word, that more than others fits with our project. At school students are taught Pascoli and Leopardi’s poems, Aesop’s fables, ancient history with the triptych Sumerians Assyrians, Babylonians till modern age, Gaugain’s paintings, philosophy, algebra and geometric. At school you are taught how to write a text, how to tell facts and happenings. You learn foreign languages and literatures. And sometimes you listen to music. All this means sharing ideas and knowledge, learning and growing. Opera Education puts together the world of education and the world of theatre, and gives to all students useful instruments to meet and get in touch with the magic world of opera, discover and interpret the world.
Let’s go back to our main reason. Since always opera has connected and shared different types of arts: singing, acting, music performance, staging, dancing, artistic direction. They illuminate one another through opera theatre. School has changed a lot since the last century, and the mission of Opera Education makes its way in teachers and children’s hearts also through the natural development of institutions and society. Our platform becomes a common space between different worlds, an opportunity to confront, comprehend each other and get in touch with different cultures and abilities; just as in the classrooms all over the country.
The unique language of opera which is so different from the one that we practice every day in addition to the universality of music, allow us to freely access and understand this form of art, eliminate long distances and misunderstandings and discover that diversity is a precious gift that bind us together and enrich us.
Let’s go back to sharing, to harmony, let’s put together something in common.
As Riccardo Muti says, nothing can be compared to the engaging power of songs.
So let’s sing all together.