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Dramatic Strength

The 'Glory of God' through three Verdi operas
at the Sferisterio Festival 2010,


Near to the Adriatic coastline and its bustling beaches, Macerata lies quietly on the 'Marche' green hills. Now a small provincial capital in central Italy, it is only a dot on the map of Italy -- a total population of forty-five-thousand in a province of some one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand -- but it has a long history. The University of Macerata is the third most ancient in the world (after those of Paris and Bologna). In 1797, the town made a strong impression on Napoleon Bonaparte who wrote to his wife about its beauty and elegance. It features a very well-preserved eighteenth and nineteenth century city centre, an architectural rarity even in Italy where conservation has a long tradition...

Copyright © 3 August 2010 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy





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