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L’Ape Musicale - Settimana della Lingua Italiana



L’Ape Musicale  - Settimana della Lingua Italiana

Performances of Lorenzo Da Ponte's L’Ape Musicale (The Musical Bee) by the Teatro Lirico of the city of Cagliari

L’Ape Musicale (The Musical Bee), Lorenzo Da Ponte’s final libretto and the first Italian opera conceived and staged in the United States, returns to New York 188 years after its debut

The famous Venetian man of letters, author of Mozart’s most important librettos (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte), became a remarkable example of Italian intellectual migration to America – he was the first Professor of Italian at Columbia and, indeed, at any American university – and he pioneered the production of Italian operas in the U.S. His pastiche called L’Ape Musicale (“The Musical Bee) was performed at the Park Theatre in New York on April 20, 1830.

This work, for which only the libretto survives, was expressly reconstructed by the musicologist Francesco Zimei through painstaking comparative analysis of sources, chiefly the production done by Rossini (a composer who is also being celebrated this year, on the 150th anniversary of his death.

L’Ape Musicale will be staged at Columbia University in its first modern rendering on October 15 and 17 at 7:30 pm in Low Memorial Library, the most prestigious building on campus.

The opera will be performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari under the conduction of Donato Renzetti; it will be directed by Davide Garattini Raimondi.

La Settimana della Lingua Italiana si svolge sotto l'"Alto Patronato del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana"





Date: Da Monday, October 15, 2018 a Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: From 7:30 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI - Columbia Uni

Entrance : Free


Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, NY