Falcone and Borsellino, the legacy of the righteous: history at the Massimo Theater

The legacy of the righteous, a story in music, songs, words and images. Original music by Marco Tutino, performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Massimo. Directed by Emanuela Giordano

On the 30th anniversary of the Capaci and Via d’Amelio massacres, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo presents Falcone and Borsellino on Tuesday 19 July at the Teatro di Verdura.

The legacy of the righteous, a story in music, songs, words and images. Original music by Marco Tutino, performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Massimo. Directed by Emanuela Giordano.

On Tuesday 19 July at 9.15 pm at the Teatro di Verdura, the Teatro Massimo Foundation in Palermo presents Falcone and Borsellino. The legacy of the righteous, the long-awaited epilogue of the season of operas, concerts and shows, this year dedicated to commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the mafia massacres that shook the community of the city and the country.

Composer Marco Tutino is the author of the original music, Emanuela Giordano signs the direction and the dramaturgy. On the podium of the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Massimo, conducted by Alessandro Cadario, one of the most charismatic young Italian conductors. The choirmaster is Ciro Visco. On stage with the very young and already appreciated soprano Maria Teresa Leva, the actors of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano: Jonathan Lazzini, Anna Manella, Marco Mavaracchio, Francesca Osso, Simone Tudda. The video and images are edited by Pierfrancesco Le Donni and Matteo Gherardini.

Falcone and Borsellino. The Legacy of the Righteous is a co-production of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Teatro Piccolo in Milan, the Teatro Europa, the Foundation for Culture in Turin MITO Settembre Musica.

“The absence of education and culture makes people slaves, while education, school and culture, makes them free – says Roberto Lagalla, president of the Teatro Massimo Foundation and mayor of Palermo. From this point of view -continues- the opera season of the Teatro Massimo, dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the massacres, of which the montage with the music of Marco Tutino and the direction of Emanuela Giordano is part, is a witness of a memory. that he must remain alive. A memory that tools such as art, music and theater certainly contribute to food ”.

“Art, music, theater contribute to the civil progress of society, awaken consciences – adds Marco Betta, superintendent of the Teatro Massimo Foundation -, the work of Marco Tutino is a very important moment of reflection, awareness and opposition. ‘years after the massacres., against mafia violence ”.

The show is divided into three narratively and temporally recognizable parts: The Massacres, The Reaction, and The Present. Music, images, song and narration are intertwined with delicacy and intensity with the original video documents made available by RAI Teche, and with the drama of the voice of Paolo Borsellino who, after the death of Giovanni Falcone, denounces the isolation in which he found himself. left the friend. Horror, fear and feeling of defeat, the consternation of an entire country, the death of hope, Italy of mourning: this emerges with great intensity. And again, the poetic references to Gesualdo Bufalino, the choral memory of those days, which from the sense of despair becomes the desire for individual and collective redemption; Here, then, are the assemblies, the crowded squares, the courage of the youth, the reaffirmation of the essential values ​​of truth, justice, honesty. Finally, we wonder what legacy the Righteous have left. The second part (along with the music composed specifically for the show) also includes the Libera me Domine in the text of the poet Ignazio Buttitta that Marco Tutino created in 1993 for the “Requiem in honor of the victims of the mafia ”.

“I tried to write music that was not rhetorical and more complex from the point of view of dimensions” – says composer Marco Tutino. “The legacy of the righteous is a heavy legacy because it forces us to know that against the injustice, violence, abuse and arrogance of crime and the mafia mentality that we can fight, we can say no. Falcone and Borsellino then asked for it, and they keep asking us every time we remember them, in public and in private: don’t walk away, don’t look down. This story of music, song and recited words is our way of reaffirming the possibility of rebelling, and not forgetting those who did it for all of us. It is not the first time that the composer has addressed these issues, Tutino was the creator, promoter and, with six other composers, the author of the Requiem for the Victims of the Mafia, performed at the Cathedral of Palermo on 27 of March. , 1993 His music is programmed and performed with great success by audiences and critics around the world by the most prestigious concert and symphony institutions and the main opera houses.

Emanuela Giordano, a student of Andrea Camilleri and Eduardo De Filippo, worked with the same intentions, overseeing the dramaturgy and direction. “I have acted for the rest,” he says, “there is a risk that emotion will lead to exaggeration, but we must seek the essence.” If we really had to define it, this show is a social oratory, a choir. It is the attempt to transform the stage into an agora, an immense square to evoke the Italian community. I tried to make a mosaic of the country and not a chronology of those events: this time it is us, the common people, on stage ”. Host and author of cultural programs for RAI, Emanuela Giordano oversees training projects in schools, universities, prisons and theaters. He collaborated with the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome for the preparation of comic operas. He has written and staged more than thirty plays. Since 2012 he has participated in the project Il Palcoscenico della Legalità. He has made twenty short films, films and documentaries, for which he has received numerous awards, including a Sacher and three Nastri d’Argento.

Also on Tuesday 19 July, at 9.10 pm, coinciding with the performance of the show at the Teatro di Verdura, “Cenere”, Gery Palazzotto’s research work, produced by the Teatro Massimo, will be broadcast on Sky Classica HD , dramatic days in the recent history of our country that culminated in the massacres of May 23 and July 19. “It takes courage to talk about all this with sincerity – read the introductory text of the program – and the courage was the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the writer Gery Palazzotto, producing and staging a trilogy dedicated to the mysteries related to the dead “.

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