Opera: the society stage

Place:Palazzo Governatore

Hours: Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10am to 7pm. Closed: December 25 ; December 31 from 3pm to 6pm; January 1 . Special opening (10am/7pm): December 7 and 8 ; December 26 ; January 6 .Guided tours on reservation for groups up to 20 people.

Prices: Tickets: full € 6 - concessions (Parma Card, Younger Card, groups from 10 people) euro 4,00; concessions from 6 to 18 years old euro 2,00; free under 5 years oldgroup leaders, people with disabilities and accompanying persons, accredited journalists, licensed tourist guides, law enforcement and military personnel, Icom card holders.


Ticket office: tel. +39 0521218035 (number operating from 18 September 2021) For exhibition info and tickets: opera@comune.parma.it - Casa della Musica +39 0521031170 https://www.ticketlandia.com/m/event/opera

In the context of Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2021, on Saturday 18 September at Palazzo del Governatore, the exhibition “Opera: the company’s stage” opens to the public, and will stay visible until Thursday 13 January 2022.

The exhibition, curated by the art historian Gloria Bianchino and Giuseppe Martini, based on a scenographic design project by Margherita Palli Rota, is produced by the Municipality of Parma and created by Casa della Musica, in collaboration with the Teatro Regio of Parma.

Opera wants to explore the two-way relationship between opera and society: 514 pieces exhibited including paintings, ancient volumes, prints, photographs, booklets, magazines, archival documents, costumes, props and audiovisual and sound materials, coming from 75 public lenders and private.
Among the works on display: the paintings of Francesco Hayez I Vespri Siciliani (1846) from the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, and Pope Urban II in the square of Clermont preaching the first Crusade (1835) from the collection of the Cariplo Foundation in Milan; the painting Au théatre by Federico Zandomeneghi (1885-1895) from the Matteucci Institute in Viareggio; a section of portraits by Lina Cavalieri, including the Portrait of Lina Cavalieri by Cesare Tallone (1905) from the Galleria Campari in Milan, and the series of photographs by Francesco Paolo Michetti from the Alinari Archive in Florence; the fragment ‘W Verdi’ from the Treviso Civic Museums; the original libretto of Monteverdi’s Orfeo from the Biblioteca Teresiana in Mantua; stage and evening dresses, including a piece by Balenciaga from Tirelli Costumes in Rome.

Although for centuries the opera audience has belonged to the aristocracy, over time it has become synonymous of popular passion, overcoming the dimension of entertainment to become not just a collective memory, but a representation of the identity of a nation. Along 20 rooms of the Governor’s Palace there is a journey divided into three sections that investigates the influence of the work on the uses and customs of the time and on the political scenario: a real journey through the opera universe and its connection with the processes of national autonomy, the civic values ​​of the community and reflection on our own identity and past.

The world of opera is presented under various aspects: its audience and the way of being in the theater; the paths that melodrama has taken to get closer to a wider audience and the means that have allowed it to get off the stage to be known outside the theater; the influence exerted on culture and the collective imagination; his dialogue with politics, between regime art, protest and censorship; the contribution to the expansion of linguistic knowledge through booklets; and finally the changes in the listening modalities, from the mechanical accordions to the record, and the relationship with old and new communication tools, from radio to television and to the web.

Starting from the territory of Parma – rich in tradition and names that have made history such as Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini – visitors can discover in the exhibition the secret of the longevity of the work which is at the same time open to the changing times and conservative of the rites of living together, from clothing to gastronomy, especially in Parma, from gestures to visual imagery. Also on display are posters, postcards and caricatures in magazines and calendars that over the years have changed the way of representing the work, its characters and the most popular scenic moments.