Emma, Giovanni Caccamo, Loren Allred, Luca Micheletti, Carlo Bernini and
Sara Cortolezzis  
Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th July 2023 at 8:30 pm

Emma was the first confirmed guest for the eighteenth edition of the Teatro del Silenzio, titled "Mariposa", which will take place on Thursday 27th July, and Saturday 29th July, 2023, on the native hills of Maestro Andrea Bocelli in Lajatico, in the province of Pisa.

After her, Carlo Bernini, a talented pianist and conductor, known for being the artistic director and collaborator of Andrea Bocelli, was confirmed. He has played and conducted alongside Andrea Bocelli in numerous concerts in Italy and around the world, including prestigious events such as the G8, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Peace Concert in the Middle East, and papal audiences. He has also worked with other great stars of classical and opera music, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Bryn Terfel. From 2008 to 2017, he served as the musical and artistic director of Le Div4s, a soprano quartet formed in order to promote Italian excellence worldwide.

Among the performers on stage with Maestro Andrea Bocelli, Luca Micheletti, one of the most brilliant baritones in the modern operatic scene, will be performing. Micheletti has stood out for his extraordinary interpretations of leading roles in Mozart and Verdi operas, gracing the stages of the most prestigious theaters in Italy and abroad, such as Teatro alla Scala, the Sydney Opera House, and the Tokyo Spring Festival.

The presence of Giovanni Caccamo has also been recently announced. The singer-songwriter was discovered by Franco Battiato, and with his warm and powerful voice, combined with his artistic sensitivity, has made him appreciated by both the audience and critics. In 2015, he won the Sanremo Festival in the "Nuove Proposte" category with the song "Ritornerò da te", and in the following years, he dedicated himself to music, releasing several albums including "Qui per te" in 2015 and "Eterno" in 2018. He has also ventured into acting, participating in Italian theatrical performances, films, and television series.

For the first time in Italy, Loren Allred, the hidden voice of the soundtrack of "The Greatest Showman", will take the stage in Lajatico. Allred gained recognition through her participation in the American talent show "The Voice" in 2012, as part of Adam Levine's team. It was during the auditions that she captivated the audience with her rendition of "Never Enough" and revealed that she had performed the voice of Jenny Lind in the film."

Among the performers who will accompany the Maestro also  Sara Cortolezzis, a soprano born in 1991 who won the International Competition Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto (2022), organized by the Teatro Regio di Parma. She has sung in operas such as Don Giovanni, La Rondine, La Bohème, and La Traviata, and simultaneously pursues a career as a jazz singer. 

The artists will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the "Luigi Boccherini" Music Conservatory, consisting of the best students and teachers of the prestigious school, and conducted by Maestro Gianpaolo Mazzoli. To date, the Orchestra holds a prominent role in important productions. For example, it has shared the stage with renowned soloists such as Anna Tifu and Giuseppe Gibboni at the Lucca Classica Music Festival 2022. Additionally, it has collaborated with the Dance Meeting for an exciting performance, interpreting the captivating "Scheherazade, Op. 35" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and has participated in the most recent productions of the Lucca Classica Music Festival.
Alongside the Orchestra, there is also the Choir of the Conservatory, which will feature students enrolled in advanced courses and external singers who participate annually in the program. Since 2009, the Choir has been prepared and conducted by Maestro Sara Matteucci, and in recent years, it has taken part, together with the Orchestra, in productions such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K. 626, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Giacomo Puccini's Mass for 4 Voices, Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, and many others. 

City Sound & Events celebrates the resounding success of the past edition, marking the full relaunch of a show that has become an unmissable artistic and cultural tradition. It is a virtuous Italian reality, loved and awaited everywhere, a music festival among the most celebrated internationally, a precious cultural resource with considerable impact on the tourism of the entire region.
The partnership between Teatro del Silenzio and the Contini Art Gallery of Venice and Cortina continues this year as well, an experience that began in 2021 with Manolo Valdés and continued last year with the Korean artist Park Eun Sun. For this edition, the tenor's much-awaited performance will interact with the works of the internationally renowned sculptor Pablo Atchugarry
On the stage of the evocative Theater, "Mariposa de la Vida", a refined steel sculpture by the Uruguayan sculptor, with taut and elongated forms, will dominate. Its surface reflects the surrounding environment, in an iridescent interplay between the artwork and the landscape. The audience of this edition's concert-event will have the opportunity to get in touch with the artist's creative world, whose language, while inspired by archetypes of classical, Renaissance, and Baroque sculpture, develops into a harmonious, innovative, and absolutely contemporary aesthetic. Inspired by Michelangelo's teachings, the artist works the material to liberate the forms trapped within it and reveal its most intimate nature, the immaterial soul.

The delicate ascending compositions, characteristic of the artist, thus delve into complementary existential and formal binomials such as reality and reflection, figuration and abstraction, emptiness and fullness, elevating artistic expression to a primary impulse towards the absolute. This year's edition of the Teatro del Silenzio will therefore confirm a unique show that combines art in its multiple forms, music, and enchanting landscapes, and will undoubtedly leave the audience of Lajatico breathless. 

The world's most beloved Italian tenor will be joined by national and international artists, and the symphonic orchestra of the "Luigi Boccherini" Conservatory, giving life once again to an unforgettable evening, directed by Maestro Carlo Bernini.

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