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Cameristi della Scala

Charles T. Downey, Shutdown doesn’t stop Cameristi della Scala from leading a stroll through Verdi operas (Washington Post, October 11, 2013)

Is it perverse to celebrate the Verdi bicentennial year without singers? Excerpts of Wagner’s operas are performed in symphonic format all the time, so perhaps a precedent has been set. Cameristi della Scala, a chamber orchestra made up of musicians from the orchestra of Milan’s most famous theater, went one better on Wednesday night by performing other composers’ instrumental fantasies on themes from Giuseppe Verdi’s operas.

The musicians had the bad fortune to arrive in Washington during the government shutdown, which has canceled the free concert series at the concert’s intended venue, the Library of Congress. Happily, the Italian Embassy saved the day, offering its small auditorium for this performance, part of the ongoing festivities of the Italian Year of Culture. [Continue reading]
Cameristi della Scala
Verdi arrangements by Giovanni Avolio, Luigi Mancinelli, Camillo Sivori, Antonio Bazzini, and Antonio Melchiori (listen to an excerpt)
Italian Embassy

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