Great names from the music and theater scenes are and will be alternating all summer long (from June 24th until September 25th) in Castel Sant’Angelo’s Alessandro VI Courtyard, within the Festival “Sere d’Arte, Musica e Teatro a Castel Sant’Angelo”, in Rome (Italy), for an outdoor scheduling focused on high quality arts. The festival, conceived and organized by Edith Gabrielli, director of "Polo Museale del Lazio", is curated by Marina Cogotti, while its executive production is implemented by Martina Santese.
Castel Sant’Angelo, which in the II Century A.D. was Emperor Adriano’s mausoleum in Rome, was transformed during the Middle Ages in a fortress. The Popes, after connecting it to the Palazzi Vaticani, enriched it with sumptuous apartments characterized by great frescoes. Nowadays, the “Castello” is a tremendous monument of history and art, the fifth most visited in Italy, with more than 1 million visitors every year.
Although its current management is on the right direction, as a museum, much still has to be done to improve it: re-establish its bond with the city; improve its visit path and its communication; extend the cultural offer to establish a relationship of trust with the public.
With "Sere d’Arte", Castel Sant’Angelo erects itself as a protagonist in different Summer initiatives, never an end to themselves: free visiting of really unique places, until the night panorama of Rome; participating in concerts, theater shows or high-end conferences; exploring usually secret areas; recalling immortal fragments of cinema, music and literature, with experts or actors. A wide range of experiences that meets the needs of a modern attentive and sophisticated public.
Within this festival, on July 15th Luigi Piovano will direct the “Orchestra d’Archi dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” to re-experience the emotions of cinema by the means of the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and Nicola Piovani. On July 21st, the violinist Marco Lorenzini and the “Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina”, directed by Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta, will execute some of the most famous concerts by Antonio Vivaldi. On July 28th the appointment is with theater: Alessandro Preziosi brings on the scene the “Confessioni di Sant’Agostino”. On August 4th, the great Catalan flutist Claudi Arimany, Rampal’s music heir (also playing his golden flute), and the Italian violinist Glauco Bertagnin will execute some of the most famous masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. Mario Ottolini, Vincenzo Titti Castrini and Daniele Richiedei are the eclectic leading actors of “Trio Campato in Aria”, which on August 11th will retrace almost one century of Jazz Music. On August 18th Beppe Barra will propose his new CD “Cammina Cammina”, a tribute to his artistic career. Dobet Gnahoré, singer, dancer and percussionist from Ivory Coast, will entertain the public in her show “La voce dell’Africa”: on August 25th she’ll interpret her compositions in different African languages, in addition to French and English. On September 1st Paolo Bonacelli and Urbano Barberini will bring to Castel Sant’Angelo theater their “Processo a Giulio Cesare”, written by Corrado Augias and Vladimiro Polchi. Desirée Rancatore, star in technique and interpretation in the field of the Italian "Belcanto" repertoire, will perform on September 8th in “Belcanto Italiano”, interpreting some of the best “arie” by Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Léhar, Giacomo Puccini, Charles Gounod, Vincenzo Bellini. On September 15th "Piano Duo" with Monica Leone and Michele Campanella will perform with two pianos music by Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergej Rachmaninov. The festival will come to its end on September 22nd with Monica Guerritore, who’ll bring to the theater “Dall’Inferno all’Infinito”, a journey among the words written by great poets such as Dante Alighieri, Giacomo Leopardi, Pasolini, Elsa Morante.
Within the Castel Sant’Angelo’s summer events, some themed events will take place in the castle: “Alla ri/scoperta di Castel Sant’Angelo”, curated by Guglielmo Villa and Paolo Vitti; “Castello al Cinema”, guided walks by journalist Miriam Mauti to re-discover the cinematographic side of the castle; “Le donne di Castel Sant’Angelo”, a series of animated visits, curated by “teatrOrtaet”, to remember famous women who lived the castle in the past; “Castello Segreto”, a series of guided tours through Castel Sant’Angelo’s secret spots, such as the “Passetto di Borgo”, the historical prisons, Pope Leone X’s courtyard, Pope Clemente VII’s private bath (also known as “stufetta”), famous for its frescos realized by Raffaello Sanzio’s art school.