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Italian treat for Delhi audience

music Updated: Nov 13, 2011 00:21 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Italian opera is a virus and once you get it, it’s very difficult to get rid of it,” says Francesca Patane, the lead soprano of the Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera in one act from Italy, who will be performing in the Capital on November 15.

Presented by The Embassy of Italy in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and The Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF), this one of its kind performance is a part of DIAF’s gala closing ceremony that will be held at Siri Fort auditorium. What makes the performance interesting is that it gets artists from Italy and India to perform on one common stage.

Indian artists are trained by the Indian National Youth Orchestra (INYO) that was formed last year by Vijay Upadhyaya. INYO, which is based in Bengaluru, held auditions all over India for this particular performance. Young instrumentalists who were selected, were then trained in their respective fields and states by Upadhyaya and his assistance.

“We formed this organisation with a basic motive of providing instrumental education to young aspiring artists in India,” says Upadhyaya, adding, “We never thought that in a year’s time, we will grow this big and will start performing.”

Prathibha Prahlad, director, DIAF, feels that the performance brilliantly sums the idea behind it. “At DIAF, we get arts of the world to India and provide an opportunity to the local artists to perform with them, and this is exactly what this performance is all about.”

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni is regarded as one of the classics in operas style. First performed in Rome, in 1890, it was an immediate success. At the death of the composer, in 1945, it had been produced more than 14,000 times in Italy alone. A forceful libretto and enthralling music score, it surely is an unforgettable operatic experience for the audience.

Enjoy it here
* What: Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera in one act
* When: November 15
* Where: Siri Fort Auditorium
* Contact: 011-23389054
* Timings: 7pm onwards
* Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on the Yellow line