Re: Vatican working on Divine Comedy Rock Opera!
- Btw, you can view a video at the official site:
Looks pretty cool! The article attempts to sensationalize the new, by
calling it "punk", but Marco Frisina is a respectedclassical
musician. His website is at:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, roncriss <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Vatican plans punk version of Divine Comedy
> [Published: Wednesday 3, January 2007 - 09:38]
> By John Phillips in Rome
> The Vatican has challenged purist Roman Catholics by disclosing
> for a daring rock, punk and jazz opera version of Dante's Divine
> Comedy with a soundtrack written by an avant-garde priest.
> Monsignor Marco Frisina uses rock music as background for the
> Inferno, Gregorian chants for Purgatory and lyrical and symphonic
> classical and modern music for the advent of Paradise in the
> set to be staged in the autumn.
> After a premier in a leading Rome theatre sponsored jointly by the
> Vatican and Italy's two houses of parliament, the extravaganza will
> tour other major Italian and European cities "to bring back the
> attention of the widest public to Dante's immortal poem", Riccardo
> Rossi, director general of Nova Ars, the company producing the
> told La Repubblica newspaper.
> The director, Elisabetta Marchetti, is recruiting a cast of 20
> actors, 30 ballet dancers led by the choreographer Anna Cuocolo, a
> 100-piece orchestra and 50 extras while as many as 250 costumes
> be designed by Alberto Spiazzi. The screenplay for the ambitious
> production, which is officially entitled The Divine Comedy, the
> Opera, and subtitled "The man who seeks love," is being written by
> Gianmario Pagano, with the sets being designed by Paolo Micciche.
> The story will be represented by 150 images, projected by six
> advanced technical systems, which will give the audience the
> impression of sitting next to the actors and dancers.
> Rehearsals are due to start at the end of this month, meaning that
> the casting for actors to play Dante, Virgil and Beatrice should be
> disclosed imminently. "The only thing certain is that Dante will be
> interpreted by a very well known Italian singer-actor," said Mr
> Dismissing suggestions that Dante's haunting literary work might be
> considered to have little relevance to modern life, Mgr Frisina,
> has written the screenplays for popular Italian television films on
> the lives of two previous popes, John Paul II and John Paul I, said
> he was dedicating the unusual work to Pope Benedict XVI.
> "It is highly relevant... the poem is an inexhaustible source of
> stories, messages and teaching... his characters, while belonging
> past epochs, speak to the men of today with their desire for
> knowledge, their fears, but essentially with their wish for
> toward divine beauty," he told la Repubblica. "This is the poem of
> our Christian roots, of our faith, the opera of man in search of
> love, of the true sense of life... that is why I dedicate this
> musical version of the Commedia to Benedict XVI, the Pope who
> dedicated his first encyclical to love."
> Mgr Frisina said that he would use heavy metal rhythms, punk rock
> jazz to recount Hell, Gregorian mystical music for Purgatory and a
> triumphant explosion of lyrical and symphonic music, modern as well
> as classical, to usher in Paradise.
> Recent years have seen a revival of interest in the Divine Comedy
> Italy, with numerous public readings.