Our experiences in Athens with El Sistema Greece

04.04.2017

Anna Melkonyan

“The meeting with the enthusiastic and committed young people from El Sistema Greece, whom we accompanied in Athens and Camp Skaramagkas, was impressive. In music lessons for refugee children in the Athens Impact hub and in the camp, we had as much fun as the little ones themselves. We saw many shining eyes! The children were friendly, eager to sing and dance, and very curious about the musical instruments. It was a highly emotional and touching experience. I would like to see a broad support for this particular and important project, so that it can be further developed and expanded.”


 

Daniela Nuzzoli

“These days in Greece working for “El Sistema” have filled my heart with hope that music can unite people, create a new generation that believe in a world without prejudices, a world full of love, beauty and happiness.”


 

New Recording: 17th Century Opera Prologues

21.12.2016

Francesca Aspromonte, soprano
Enrico Onofri, conductor
il pomo d’oro

The earliest operas contained prologues instead of ouvertures. In them, allegorical or mythological figures prepared the audience for the force and the passion of the events to come.

First, the prologues were mostly very short, but they quickly became more important, longer, and almost small operas in themselves. The composer often used them as a stage to reflect his own art.No finer example exists than the prologue to Claudio Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo, where Music itself sings and leads the audience into the ensuing drama.

This program presents the most beautiful opera prologues of the 17th century opera, chosen by conductor Enrico Onofri and soprano Francesca Aspromonte. The album program includes works from Monteverdi, Cavalli, Cesti, Stradella or Scarlatti.

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