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Operabarga 2016: Seven Last Words in Barga

Operabarga 2016: Seven Last Words in Barga

The performance was incisively dramatic – I never imagined that a succession of seven slow movements could be so intense and passionate - Francis Pettitt

The Seven Last Words uttered by Jesus Christ on the Cross have long been the subject for meditation, theological discussion and liturgical ceremony. It was precisely for this last occasion that Joseph Haydn was asked by Don José Sáenz de Santa María from Cadiz to write a work to be performed during the Good Friday […]

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A Choral Feast At Barga

A Choral Feast At Barga

The choral concert at Barga’s Duomo di San Cristoforo last Friday at 9.00 pm was organised by the Istituto Superiore d’Istruzione di Barga to raise funds for Amnesty International and was, thankfully, very well attended. Four local choirs participated – each one very different in style and repertoire. Roberta Popolani directed the choir of Barga […]

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Music events in Lucca during June

Music events in Lucca during June

Another comprehensive calendar of musical events in Lucca from Francis Pettitt

“LUCCA IN MUSICA” FESTIVAL ENDS WITH BEETHOVEN Friday 6th (9 pm, Teatro Del Giglio) the “Lucca in Musica” festival ends with an all-Beethoven concert: Coriolan overture, Piano Concerto no. 3 and Symphony no. 7. Julian Kovatchev conducts the Orchestra della Toscana. Pianist is Joseph Albanian . Tickets are on sale at the Theatre (+39583 465 […]

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The Passion According to Castiglione di Garfagnana

The Passion According to Castiglione di Garfagnana

from an ancient mediaeval cupboard in the sacristy in which he had been hidden and bound, stepped forth the one who would represent the Christ on his last journey in Jerusalem. Covered with a hood so as not to be recognised by anyone, and so as not to take any pride and glory to himself for enacting, this terrible part, Castiglione’s cross-bearer, chained, with a crown of thorns on his head knelt before the high priest

Yesterday evening we were witnesses to our Saviour’s Last Supper. We saw Judas Iscariot betray him and then, too late, repent. We saw the crowd choose Jesus instead of Barabbas for the one to be crucified. We saw Our Lord scourged and flayed. We saw him carry the Cross through the steep cobbled streets of […]

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Giornata della Memoria

Giornata della Memoria

The United Nations in 2005 designated Jan. 27 as a yearly memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust – 6 million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazi Germany during World War II. The day was chosen because it falls on the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz, the Nazis’ most notorious death camp and a symbol of the evil inflicted across the continent.

In the summer of 2001 my Honda Transalp bike and I found ourselves near that most splendid of Polish cities: Cracow. Meeting up with a group of bikers at a campsite a little way outside the city I compared notes and one of the bikers said “we’re quite near Oświęcim”. That name, translated in German […]

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The Tiger of Malaysia – Francis Pettitt

The Tiger of Malaysia – Francis Pettitt

Sandokan is a fictional pirate of the late 19th century, who first appeared in publication in 1883, created by Italian author Emilio Salgari. He is the protagonist of eleven adventure novels and is known throughout the South China Sea as "The Tiger of Malaysia".

The 2013 edition of Lucca Comics and Games – that extraordinary time in the city’s year celebrating fantasy cartoons with the streets filled with living characters from comics, including Japanese manga – takes place between 19 October (Exhibitions), 31 October (Festival), and 3 November, and will also commemorate the 150th anniversary of Emilio Salgari’s birth […]

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Old Chestnuts – article by Francis Pettitt

Old Chestnuts – article by Francis Pettitt

The bread of the poor, the majestic chestnut fed them with its fruits for without the chestnut’s support there would have been famine on a huge scale

The continuing refugee crisis affecting what Churchill termed “the soft underbelly of Europe”( i.e. Italy) and, in particular, the island of Lampedusa – that ancestral territory of the writer of one of the greatest novels this country has produced, “The Leopard” (who doesn’t remember the film version starring Burt Lancaster?) – was evidenced on a large scale among these […]

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Don’t cry for me Sassorosso

Don’t cry for me Sassorosso

the genuine roots of Tango, I truly believe.

This Sunday was a day of celebration for Lucca province and, in particular, for Garfagnana when a “new” name was added to the imposing roster of composers originating from this region: Astor Piazzolla, the great Argentinian musician, and creator of the “Nuevo tango”. In 2012 Ofelia Lachner, in association with the Paolo Cresci Foundation, (familiar […]

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Conferenza sulle ville Neo-Palladiane – Bagni di Lucca

Conferenza sulle ville Neo-Palladiane – Bagni di Lucca

An interesting conference took place in Bagni di Lucca this week with the main theme of “Neo-Palladina villas in Britain” It was the fourth event at the Circolo dei Forestieri organised by the L’Università della terz’età and was presided over by Prof Francis Pettitt who gave a detailed account of the influence of the architect […]

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L”Obama, ossia L”Avvento del Messia,” Opera in Tre Atti

Personaggi: Barracco Obama, Il Messia, Redentore del Mondo…….Tenore Miracoloso Santa Micaela della Revoluzione, sua sposa………..Soprano Animata Giovanni Maccheno, Senatore, Avversario dello Obama………Basso Buffo