GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits the Verdi Festival,
which is short of money but not of ideas
In Parma and the surrounding areas, October is the month of the Verdi Festival. Not all musicologists agree on the need, or even on the desirability, for a festival in honor of Giuseppe Verdi. Maestro Gianandrea Gavazzeni, for instance, used to say that in every major city of the world, Verdi is being celebrated every night in at least one of the city's theatres; consequently, there would not be any need for a special event or series of events. Verdi is neither Wagner (who had a temple built in Bayreuth to perform his 'music drama') nor Rossini (whose major works, especially the opera seria, had been almost forgotten for nearly two hundred years)...
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