Opening on Sunday at 11.30 am “Ti racconto l’opera”: Davide Enia narrates the loves, ghosts, crimes of Lucia di Lammermoor, a cycle of four meetings to listen to and understand the world of opera.

Four meetings to see, hear and understand the world of opera. Four encounters entrusted to great narrators to tell the public about loves, challenges, historical context, and the secrets of the composition of four great operas scheduled at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. It starts with the versatile Palermitan writer and actor Davide Enia, who on Sunday 20 March at 11.30 a.m. (Sala Onu) will tell Lucia di Lammermoor. Donizetti’s opera, one of the best loved by audiences of all time thanks above all to
the protagonist’s scene of madness, will be staged from 30 March to 5 April: conducted by Riccardo Frizza, directed by Gilbert Deflo, in the leading roles Elena Mosuc, Giorgio Berrugi and Julian Kim. The opera in turn is based on a highly successful novel by Walter Scott and is recounted in some memorable pages from Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Madness, ghosts, crimes, thwarted love in 17th century Scotland: Davide Enia, with his great affabulatory ability, faces the challenge of drawing the audience in.

From 19 to 26 April Rossini’s La Cenerentola will be on the programme, directed by Gabriele Ferro, in a co-production with the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, an innovative production in terms of technology and use of stage space that bears the signature of Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (direction and sets). The narration to the public is entrusted, on 17 April at 11.30 a.m. in the foyer of the Theatre, to the composer, pianist and musicologist Giovanni Bietti. In September, from 16 to 25, yet another new production, that of Madama Butterfly, conducted by Jader Bignamini, one of the most interesting directors of the new generation, directed by Nicola Berloffa, sets by Fabio Cherstich. And again Bietti will recount on 11 September at 11.30 a.m. in the foyer of the theatre the amorous wait of the young abandoned geisha.

Finally, the last meeting for Carmen, on stage from 26 November to 4 December, (conductor Alejo Perez, director Calixto Bieito) co-produced by Teatro Massimo, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Teatro Regio in Turin. And this time, on 20 November at 11.30 a.m. in the Sala Grande, it will be the journalist, writer, literary critic Corrado Augias in the Spanish atmosphere of the opera, among smugglers, dancers and bullfighters. “In this way, we are trying to root even more passion for opera,” says Superintendent Francesco Giambrone, “which is not a distant genre and for insiders, but speaks to everyone, it speaks of great stories that are eternal and, because they are eternal, always topical”.