The production of Aida in 2013 within the “Noicattaro Lirica” opera festival will remain forever etched in my memory, not only because it was my first directing of the great Verdian title, but above all, because this impressive production, which it counted more than 200 people including figures, singers and dancers on the stage, it was the result of the commitment and work of almost an entire citizenry. In fact, most of the inhabitants of Noicattaro had the opportunity to participate and contribute to the realization of this cultural event, starting from the creation of the sets and costumes, from the organization and promotion of the event, and finally with their participation as extras, dancers and choir members.
Pier Luigi Dilingite
In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. His role in Italy’s cultural and political development has made him an icon in his native country. The story of Aida is thought to be the creation of Auguste Mariette (1821–1881), an extraordinary French archaeologist who was the founder of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. Camille du Locle (1832–1903), who collaborated on the scenario with Mariette and suggested the story to Verdi, had worked with the composer on the libretto of Don Carlos. Aida’s librettist, Antonio Ghislanzoni (1824–1893), was a novelist and poet as well as the creator of some 85 libretti.
Noicattaro Lirica is an annual Italian opera festival that takes place at Noicattaro.It was founded in 2010 with the aim of contributing to the socio-cultural development of Noicattaro and the neighboring Apulian territory.The initiative took shape for the first time in the spring of 2010 to allow the local public to listen to native opera singers such as Lorenzo Decaro, Adriana Damato and Michele Porcelli, already known to the public of the most important Italian and foreign theaters. The project also involved other artistic professionals present in Noicattaro as well as numerous local workers.The debut opera was Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. The warmth of the citizenship, the generosity of the numerous sponsors and the critical consensus obtained, pushed the event to grow rapidly in the following years, arriving to produce in 2013, only four years later, for the first time in an open space in Puglia and on the occasion of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of the great composer, a monumental Aida.
Noicattaro Lirica – 2013Act I
Noicattaro Lirica – 2013Act II
Noicattaro Lirica – 2013Act III
Noicattaro Lirica – 2013Act IV