The summertime at Naples is going to be full of all the mesmerizing music of Verdi and Puccini.
Musicians in the San Carlo Theatre are doing a string of outside arias from the city’s most important square to honor the health employees who fought on the frontlines of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than taking to the point of the San Carlo Opera Theatre, they are amassing on the adjoining Plebiscito Square — to perform for the entire city.
Following months of coronavirus catastrophe and lockdown steps that closed down the city’s most important opera house, many state the distanced event is most welcome.
“We are going back to life back to normality, regardless of the recent problems,” said chief care doctor Federico Cisone, that had been one of the health employees invited to attend the rehearsal of Verdi’s Aida on Saturday (July 25).
The San Carlo Theatre of Naples is the oldest continuously active place for opera in the world, having opened in 1737, decades ahead of Milan’s La Scala or Venice’s La Fenice.
It plays an essential part in the identity of this town of Naples. In such troubled times, it is opening into the city to deliver a message of hope to its occupants.
“It is like saying: we begin — Napoli, the town begins again. The San Carlo Theatre is assisting this resume,” said the theatre’s director Stephane Lissner.
“it is a renaissance for everyone. You may notice folks around here collecting to hear the songs; they’re here to the rehearsals also,” he explained.
“When we begin, people will lean out over the balconies listening to this audio… It’s fine.”