Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana ‘Giuseppe Verdi’
Conductor Lorenzo Passerini
Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
Introduzione del Terzo atto dell’opera Tosca
Alba su Roma
Igor Stravinskij (1882 – 1971)
Pulcinella, Suite da concerto
- Scherzino – Allegretto – Andantino
- Gavotta (con due variazioni)
- Minuetto – Finale
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sinfonia n. 5 in do minore
- Allegro con brio
- Andante con moto
There is the passage from night to dawn in the introduction that Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) wrote for the last act of Tosca (1900). The magic chimes of the bells that wake up the Eternal City are described, before the tragic epilogue of the opera with the shooting of the protagonist Mario Cavaradossi in the stands of Castel Sant’Angelo. On the ramparts of Castel Sant’Angelo, Mario is ready to die and begins to write a last love letter to Tosca, but, overwhelmed by memories, he can’t finish it. The woman arrives unexpectedly and explains to Mario that she was forced to kill Scarpia. He shows him the safe conduct and then informs him of the simulated shooting. Jokingly, he advises him to fake death well. But Mario is shot and Tosca, distraught and chased by the cops who have found Scarpia’s body, throws himself from the stands of the castle.
Igor Stravinskij (1882-1971), also fascinated by the Belpaese, accepted the idea of the impresario Djagilev to derive a ballet on a scenario of the Commedia dell’Arte (Picasso painted scenes and costumes), using pre-existing music by Pergolesi. The reworking of the ancient material in Pulcinella (1920-2) became the quintessence of the “neoclassicism” of the Russian composer: «Pulcinella was my discovery of the past: a look backwards, the first of many amorous adventures in that direction».
The dawn concert closes with Beethoven’s fifth, the one that sums up and simplifies the personality traits of the author among the nine scores. A titanic, sublime and grandiose Beethoven with a basic idea: the progressive transition from a situation of conflict to a concluding affirmation in which tensions are triumphantly overcome. After every night there is always a sunrise.
Lorenzo Passerini was born in Morbegno in 1991. He graduated with honours in trombone at Como Conservatory in 2009. He then took a masters degree at Aosta Conservatory, graduating in 2014 with full honours again. As a trombonist, he has toured worldwide under the baton of famous conductors such as John Axelrod, Andrey Boreyko, Fabio Luisi and Riccardo Muti. At the same time as starting his career as a trombonist, he began studies in conducting in 2010 with Ennio Nicotra. He also undertook tuition from John Axelrod, Massimiliano Caldi, Gilberto Serembe, Pietro Mianiti, Oleg Caetani and Antonio Eros Negri. He began his conducting career in December 2011. He has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Francesco Manara, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Maxim Rysanov, Roberto Cappello, Michel Becquet, Freddy Kempf, Luciana Serra, Daniela Mazzucato, Bruno Praticò and Sumi Jo. He has had new works dedicated to him by contemporary composers Piergiorgio Ratti, Antonio Eros Negri and Andrea Battistoni. Lorenzo Passerini has also worked with classical opera; he conducted Don Pasquale in 2013, Elisir d’amore in 2014, La Traviata in 2015, Il barbiere di Siviglia and La serva padrona in 2016, La sonnambula in 2017, Turandot and Rigoletto in 2018.
In January 2017 he assisted Oleg Caetani in his production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth at Helsinki Opera Theatre. Since 2015 he has worked with Nicola Luisotti in some of the most important European theatres, such as Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. As of September 2018 he has been assisting Luisotti in his production of Turandot in Teatro Real in Madrid. 2016 saw his debut as guest director of ICO Orchestra Magna Grecia and Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta for the 28th Iris Adami Corradetti International Opera Competition. In 2017 he conducted the Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Fondazione Arena of Verona, Regional Tuscanian Orchestra, Romanian National Opera Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Grosseto, Symphonic Orchestra of Sanremo, Orchestra CamerataVienna, Mexico State Orchestra and Milano Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 he conducted again Orchestra Fondazione Arena and he debuted with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Bari Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra and DITTO Orchestra during his Korean tournée with soprano Sumi Jo. Since 2011 has been the artistic and musical director of Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi. Since 2017 he has been musical director of Associazione culturale “Amici della musica di Sondalo”, for whom he programmes the symphonic seasons at Teatro Sociale in Sondrio.
Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana
In its twentieth year, the orchestra can boast of a very rich and prestigious curriculum. The Salerno orchestral ensemble has now performed all the operas produced by the G. Verdi Opera House of Salerno. Since its first production (Falstaff with Rolando Panerai, conductor J. Acs) they have staged la Traviata, Rigoletto, il Trovatore, Aida, Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Bohème, Tosca, Edgar, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Norma, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Hänsel e Gretel, Werther, L’elisir d’amore, Sonnambula, Lucia di Lammermoor, Vedova Allegra, Francesca da Rimini and Romeo e Giulietta. Thanks to the resolve of the Town Council, the orchestra has enjoyed the direction of Daniel Oren, who is considered one of the very best on the international scene. Its remarkable development has become a point of reference in the Italian Mezzogiorno, and has led to the “Verdi” Philharmonic performing in the presence of Pope John Paul II and the Queen of Sweden. On 18 December 2011the orchestra performed the 15th Christmas Concert, a great event promoted by the Senate of the Republic and staged in the Auditorium of Palazzo Madama and broadcast by Eurovision. On 14 May 2015 the orchestra performed at the Vatican’s Peace Concert in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis.