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Verdi's musical scores anthological exhibition Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Antica e Moderna di Roma, 2013
On the occasion of the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, the association Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Antica e Moderna di Roma organized an exhibition concerning the artists who designed the most important original score covers of Giuseppe Verdi's operas from 1839 to 1893.
This project started more than one year ago, searching and buying Verdi's musical scores illustrated by masters and less known artists.
The association intends with this exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth with a subject not directly linked to concerts or to his biography, showing an aspect of the circulation of his music through the illustration. The public management for the promotion of the Italian cultural heritage abroad is also involved, offering to the public a reading of the music through its relation with figurative arts. This project allowed the discovery of talented but still unknown artists.
The exhibition follows a chronological path showing all the score covers of the 28 operas by Verdi, together with the Requiem Mass dedicated to Manzoni and Dante's Ave Maria, in several editions, not only Italian.
The techniques used to print the covers include xylography, lithography, etching and chromolithography. The publisher is almost always the printing works Ricordi, even though it is not rare to find foreign licensee publishers. The artists who illustrated Verdi's score covers were nearly all members of Ricordi's graphic design studio managed by Tito I Ricordi, skilled lithographer and printer.
Also his son Giulio designed some covers, among which the title page of the famous first edition of Aida. The most famous artists of this team were Francesco Ratti, Roberto Focosi, Alfredo Edel and Adolf Hohenstein.
The exhibition, curated by Stefano Liberati and Dario F. Marletto, is sponsored and organized by the association Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Antica e Moderna and is under the patronage of the Italian President and the National Committee for the celebrations of Giuseppe Verdi's birth bicentenary in collaboration with Unione Europea Esperti d'Arte, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regione Emilia-Romagna, the Braidense National Library and the city of Rivoli and will circulate during year 2013 through the world net of diplomatic and cultural delegations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Scheda pratica per "Verdi's musical scores anthological exhibition " When Theatro Municipal - San Paolo
dal 9 agosto al 9 settembre 2013
Galleria Mario Sironi - Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lima
dal 5 settembre all'8 ottobre 2013
Casa del Conte Verde a Rivoli (TO)
dal 6 al 29 settembre 2013
Teatro dell'Opera e del Balletto di Tirana - Albania
dall'11 al 26 settembre 2013
Yared School of Music - Addis Ababa
dal 2 ottobre al 6 dicembre 2013
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense a Milano
dal 3 ottobre al 6 novembre 2013
Royal Opera House - Muscat (Oman)
dal 22 ottobre al 13 novembre 2013
Palacio de Bellas Artes - Città del Messico
dal 30 ottobre al 30 novembre 2013
Yucengco Museum - Manila
dal 6 al 17 novembre 2013
Teatro Municipale - Koper (Slovenia)
dal 9 novembre al 6 dicembre 2013
Patio del Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi - La Habana (Cuba)
dal 25 novembre al 1 dicembre 2013
University of the Philippines Diliman - Manila
da 9 al 20 dicembre 2013
University of Santo Tomas - Manila
dall'1 al 31 gennaio 2014
Immagini
  • Copertina del catalogo
  • Copertina dello spartito dell?opera Falstaff su libretto di Arrigo Boito. Stabilimento Tito di Gio. Ricordi e Francesco Lucca, Milano 1893. Illustrazione di Adolf Hohenstein in cromolitografia. È l?ultima opera di Verdi
  • Prima esecuzione: Teatro alla Scala, Milano, 9 febbraio 1893
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