Georgia to become first country outside Italy to host Festival Verdi opera celebration.

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Ballo in Maschera – Pierluigi Samaritani, 5 Jul 2019 – 16:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two Georgian theatre venues will be the destination for the first-ever shows of Italy’s famed Festival Verdi outside the country, as international and local opera stars gear up to shine in the maiden Georgian edition of the annual event in August.

Announced a year ago, the deal between the major festival — hosting tens of thousands of visitors daily in its editions in Parma and Busseto — and the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre will see the celebration of the legendary composer exported from Italy.

In three shows, the occasion will see Georgia become the first non-Italian host of the festival originally founded by the estate of Giuseppe Verdi as part of the exclusive agreement.

A Teatro Regio di Parma production of Un ballo in maschera will open the event at the Tbilisi theatre on August 16, with the Georgian artists of the venue featuring in the roster.

The show will see a new high in series of opera exchanges between Georgia and Italy, held over the recent years with the initiative of the Opera and Ballet Theatre artistic director Badri Maisuradze and his staff.

Involving joint productions and guest performers, the multi-year project has seen a revitalisation of the Tbilisi venue’s opera activities, with a record number of premieres held at the theatre over the last few seasons.

Moving away from the capital, the second festival show will see the first-ever opera performance held at the new Black Sea Arena on Georgia’s seaside on August 23.

A foreign staging team will bring a staging of Aida by the Arena di Verona amphitheatre in Italy to the stage of the modern performance location that has been hosting pop stars since its launch in 2016.

The date will also mean the maiden staging of the version of the Verdi classic, seen by the Georgian hosts of the festival as the largest opera production yet attempted in the country.

The Aida show will also be covered by visiting Italian media for a documentary project, to be broadcast later in 15 European countries.

The third and final date of the festival will see a selection of Georgian and foreign stars take to the same venue for a gala featuring fragments from Verdi works on the Black Sea shoreline.

The Festival Verdi was founded in Italy in the 1980s and is held in October each year since 2007 to celebrate the major legacy of the famed composer. Marking Verdi’s birthday, his two hometowns of Parma and Busseto invite music enthusiasts to attend shows of the event.

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November 9, 2019

Giuseppe Verdi
Opera in three acts

Libretto by Antonio Somma

 Riccardo – Gia Makharadze
Amelia – Khtatuna Tchokhonelidze
Renato – Sulkhan Gvelesiani
Ulrica – Tea Demurishvili
Oscar – Mariana Beridze
Silvano – Tsotne Motsonelidze
Tom – Giorgi Goderdzishvili
Samuel – Levan Makaridze
A judge – Aleksandre Tibelishvili
Amelia’s servant – Paata Sukhitashvili

Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra

Chief Conductor of the Theatre: Zaza Azmaiparashvili
Principal Chorus Master: Avtandil Chkhenkeli
Chorus Master: Shalva Shaorshadze

Conductor Zaza Azmaiparashvili
Director, Scenographer, Costume Designer Pierluigi Samaritani
Lighting Designer Stefano Gorreri

 Assistant Directors: Zaza Aghladze, Khatuna Bedeladze, Lela Gvarishvili
Head of Production and Chief Lighting Technician: Amiran Ananiashvili
Staff Costume Designer: Tamar Chargeishvili
Chief Stagehand: Gia Geladze
Stage Manager: Marina Burtchuladze

Teatro Regio di Parma production

Artistic Director 
Badri Maisuradze

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