LIBERTA’ – 23rd November 2011
Muglialdo: «”I Lombardi”, a score fraught with dangers»
Interview with the conductor of the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomorrow Verdi’s opera debuts at the Municipale theatre

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Last touches before the debut (yesterday the dress rehearsal at the Municipale theatre), for I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, libretto by Temistocle Solera based on an epic poem by Tommaso Grossi, music by Giuseppe Verdi […]

The conductor Gioele Muglialdo earned diplomas in composition and conducting in Turin, went on to study under the guidance of Yuri Ahronovich, and worked as an assistant to Nello Santi. As a competition winner, he conducted the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra; he was also on the podium of the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, the Filarmonica Toscanini, the Orchestra Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Novaja Opera of Moscow, the Peru National Symphony Orchestra (Lima)… […].

«To conduct I Lombardi – says the Maestro – is a bet; one must find a balance between extremes, for the music and the plot are fraught with imbalances and contradictions. This opera suffers from being considered an unsuccessful corollary of Nabucco. I see its qualities as well as its shortcomings, and its music and vocal difficulties. The role of the female protagonist, Giselda, is one of the hardest for soprano, but the male roles are no less demanding. We can savour the genuineness of the young Verdi, with moments of intense lyricism and a progressively “wild” rhythm; it is music that is almost obsessive, pressing, with infinite variants. Verdi’s music is rooted in his time, is made of deep emotions that come alive in the characters and the action».

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