Opera: the stage of society

An exhibition on the relationship between work and society.

In Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2021, on Saturday September 18 , 2021 at the Palazzo del Governatore will open the exhibition Opera: the stage of society, open until Thursday January 13, 2022.

The exhibition is curated by the art historian Gloria Bianchino and Giuseppe Martini, based on a scenographic design project by Margherita Palli Rota, produced by the Municipality of Parma and created by Casa della Musica, in collaboration with the Teatro Foundation Regio of Parma.

Opera wants to explore the two-way relationship between opera and society: 514 pieces exhibited including paintings, ancient volumes, prints, photographs, booklets, magazines, archival documents, costumes, props and audiovisual and sound materials, coming from 75 public lenders and private.
Among the works on display: the paintings of Francesco Hayez I Vespri Siciliani (1846) from the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, and Papa Urbano II sulla piazza di Clermont predica la prima Crociata (1835) from the collection of the Cariplo Foundation in Milan; the painting Au théatre by Federico Zandomeneghi (1885-1895) from the Matteucci Institute in Viareggio; a section of portraits by Lina Cavalieri, including the Portrait of Lina Cavalieri by Cesare Tallone (1905) from the Galleria Campari in Milan, and the series of photographs by Francesco Paolo Michetti from the Alinari Archive in Florence; the fragment 'W Verdi' from the Treviso Civic Museums; the original libretto of Monteverdi's Orfeo from the Biblioteca Teresiana in Mantua; stage and evening dresses, including a piece by Balenciaga from Tirelli Costumes in Rome.

Along 20 rooms of the Governor's Palace there is a journey divided into three sections that investigates the influence the influence of the opera on the society and politics.

The exhibition is enriched by a series of collateral initiatives that offer various opportunities for in-depth study of the exhibition. On the calendar themed concerts offered by the main concert institutions of Parma with musical programs on the most important works of the nineteenth century; laboratory activities for families and schools, with the aim of training and involving a new young audience; meetings on the themes chosen by the exhibition with guests and directors of theaters and television channels, presidents of music associations, opera directors for TV and cinema, and cultural administrators.