Celebrate being Italian with a Night at the Opera

To celebrate Sicily becoming part of Italy, Palermo Council announced a competition in 1864 to design a new opera house for Palermo. An opera house! Can you think of a better way to celebrate being Italian?

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The winning design was by  Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. At the time, it was the largest theatre in Europe. It still has the largest stage of all Europe’s theatres. They use it to great effect. At one opera, they created a vast ship and made the stage look as if it were flooded with water. I have also seen a production where they made it snow throughout the theatre.

More important for me, though, is that the building is beautiful, and that the singers are outstandingly good. I am highly judgmental of opera singers as my father brought me up to be very discerning!

I took these photos when I went for my birthday last year. Opera! Can you think of a better way to celebrate getting a year older?

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14 thoughts on “Celebrate being Italian with a Night at the Opera

    1. It’s so marvellous that people actually buy tickets to go and see the inside even when there isn’t any performance going on!
      I’ve seen the Vespri Siciliani there, and a couple of other operas by Verdi, my favourite composer. I am waiting till they do another production of Aida – I will HAVE to see that!

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    1. Now I thought there was a scene at the opera house!

      Have you seen the scene from “Johnny Stecchino” which is also set there? An Italian Mafia comedy which is far more fun than the Godfather (and probably closer to the truth!)

      Benigni is an innocent who heppens to look just like a major Mafia latitante….

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      1. *sigh* no chance to understand a word, but forunately there is Wikipedia: « Questo è troppo! Brutti pezzenti maleducati straccioni accattoni puzzolenti schifosi tirchi maledetti tremendi! Maria non c’entra niente! Il primo che rinomina Maria… KAPUTT!! A lui e a tutta la sua famiglia!!! » « Ma quanto costano le banane a Palermo!? Oh! » – And nice, this German word KAPUTT as the climax of it all. What would mafiosi do without it? 🙂

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    1. I used to love the faded, peeling glory of Sicily too, but now I have lived here all these years I just find it irritating! Why don’t they take proper care of anything? They have ample money, but the corrupt administrators always steal it and keep the island poor and grotty.

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