At Palazzo Forti in Verona, a new Opera museum: AMO

12 July 2012

Looking ahead to next year’s centenary of the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, it comes as good news for the Italian cultural scene that in Verona, within the medieval Palazzo Forti, former Napoleon residence currently hosting the civic Modern Art museum, a new Opera museum has been inaugurated a few weeks ago. Pictures displayed in this page show some rooms of the AMO – Arena Museo Opera curated by Kikka Ricchio. The works and curation of Arena Museo Opera will be finalized by June 2013 to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the lyrical Festival.

In the fifteen room of Palazzo Forti are exhibited autographical scores, letters and notes of composers such as Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, plus costumes, set-design, sketches and photographs. All materials derived in part from the Ricordi archive and in part from the Arena’s own archive. AMO’s driving concept is to accompany the visitor through the entire process of the staging of an Opera, step after step: the first sketch, the compilation of the libretto, the writing of the score, the set design and the costume design, the singers preparation and finally the overall theatrical representation.

Pictures © Sirio Tommasoli

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