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The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga

The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga

An Exhibition by Keane at Locanda di Mezzo

Setting, subject and artist are the three interlocked components of a compelling art exhibition. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example than the trio of Barga, Tarot and Keane. This is the chemistry that animates “The Barga Pop Tarot Paintings,” now open for viewing at the Locanda di Mezzo in Piazza dell’Annunziata. […]

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La Traviata: Bel Canto brings down the house

La Traviata: Bel Canto brings down the house

Driven by the inexhaustible energy that Barga has come to expect of her, Sally He Li promised a memorable evening at the Teatro dei Differenti on Saturday, following up on the Bel Canto Opera Festival’s highly successful maiden season in 2014. She more than delivered. From the curtain-rise ballroom scene to the final breath of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest heroine, Violetta Valery, the Bel Canto “La Traviata” was extraordinary.

The voices of the three principal artists — Sally in the soprano role of Violetta, tenor Alberto Sousa as her lover, Alfredo Germont, and baritone Bruno Caproni as Giorgio Germont, his father — could not have been more compelling. Singing the most venerated composition in Italian opera, they would have brought down the house anywhere, […]

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Marika and the Angels

Marika and the Angels

The Remarkable Stories Behind Barga Bel Canto's "La Traviata" 

What distinction does the Barga Bel Canto Festival share with New York’s Metropolitan Opera? A brilliant soprano in the lead role of Verdi’s “La Traviata” — and the spectacular period costumes she and her fellow cast members will wear when they perform at the Teatro dei Differenti on September 5 and 12. The soprano is […]

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Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

A milestone in the Festival’s three-decade story

Andrea Guzzoletti is a key member of his generation’s musical brain trust, along with Barga Jazz Festival director Alessandro Rizzardi and former Barga Jazz club president Simone Venturi. All of them are principal figures in a remarkable array of bands and combos. Each is an acknowledged master of his preferred instruments, Rizzardi on the sax […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

As Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from the […]

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The Love Project in the cradle of the Renaissance

The Love Project in the cradle of the Renaissance

The plan, says Keane, is to “place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free.”

The most conventional chapter in the saga of the Love Project is the exhibition that will open it — and even that has its unusual twists. On the 13th and the 14th of June, the well-known local artists Keane and Fabrizio da Prato will inaugurate a joint exhibition of 100 paintings. The venue is not […]

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Bel Canto in Barga

Bel Canto in Barga

Gala finales are the Oscar nights of an opera festival: virtuoso showcases for their performers, framed by a lyrical profession of their art’s most memorable scenes. Sally Li’s resoundingly successful Bel Canto in Barga was that and much more on Saturday, the last act of its 2014 season at the Teatro dei Differenti. The artists […]

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La Boheme at Bel Canto in Barga

La Boheme at Bel Canto in Barga

For two wonderful hours, a large and enchanted audience had a love affair with Bel Canto’s fine cast, laughing uproariously or weeping without shame through every classic aria in every improvised scene.

It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone who left last night’s performance of La Boheme without a tear in the eye and echoes of sheer musical pleasure in the heart. Presented by Sally He Li’s Bel Canto in Barga company at the Teatro dei Differenti, the production was not technically perfect […]

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Bel Canto in Barga – Opening night

Bel Canto in Barga – Opening night

The skies over Piazza Angelio threatened, but never parted, and a light mist only added a shade of mystery to the natural magic of an Italian Renaissance square. It was a perfect opening night for Bel Canto in Barga, the ambitious “International Singing Festival” founded and organized by our own prima diva, Sally Li. The […]

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Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

food is the exhibition’s organising principle, just as it is in the contadino world: the fulcrum of rural seasons, the essential link between the peasant and the land.

An Exhibition by Angelo Pellegrini – La Chiesa del Santissmo Crocifisso, Barga Vecchia July 12-August 31, 2014 For more than half a century, Angelo Pellegrini has been wandering the Apuan ridges and Apennine meadows of the Garfagnana. Along the mountain roads and trails, he took thousands of striking, often poetic photographs, both in color and […]

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Duomo of Barga icon exhibition closing

Duomo of Barga icon exhibition closing

The exhibition of paintings about the 212 bas relief figures on the Duomo in Barga closes this week in the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia

There are few, if any, churches in Western Europe to rival Barga’s Duomo for sheer provocative mystery. From its near-cubist architecture to its peculiar relationship with a distant mountain arch, the great marble edifice overlooking the Serchio Valley is an encyclopedia of questions that yield few unambiguous answers. Now comes the painter Keane, who has been […]

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The Duomo of Barga Paintings

The Duomo of Barga Paintings

An exhibition of paintings about the 212 bas relief figures on the Duomo in Barga opened this afternoon in the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia

There are few, if any, churches in Western Europe to rival Barga’s Duomo for sheer provocative mystery. From its near-cubist architecture to its peculiar relationship with a distant mountain arch, the great marble edifice overlooking the Serchio Valley is an encyclopedia of questions that yield few unambiguous answers. Now comes the painter Keane, who has […]