The roads of Friendship

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Musicisti delle Orchestre delle Fondazioni Lirico Sinfoniche italiane
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Tehran
Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza

Riccardo Muti

tenor Piero Pretti
baritone Luca Salsi
bass Riccardo Zanellato

Giuseppe Verdi
from “I vespri siciliani” Symphony and Procida’s aria “O tu Palermo”
from “Don Carlos” Don Carlo and Rodrigo’s duet “Dio che nell’alma”
from “Simon Boccanegra” Fiesco’s aria “Il lacerato spirto” and chorus, Gabriele’s aria “Sento avvampar nell’anima”
from “Macbeth” Banco’s aria “Studia il passo, o mio figlio!”, chorus “Patria oppressa”, Macduff’s aria “Ah, la paterna mano”, chorus “La patria tradita”, Macbeth’s aria “Pietà, rispetto, amore”, Scene and Battle, Victory Hymn – Finale
from “La forza del destino” Symphony

When the world seems to be moving on the edge of a mysterious folly, drenched in violence and prejudice; when war, anguish and fear of the other seem to dry hearts up, there, unpredictably, hope returns, and the dream of a long-awaited encounter comes true: in the heart of the Iranian capital, East and West look at each other in the eye and shake hands. And, as is usual with the Paths of Friendship concerts, they do so in the name of an infallible common language: music. An “ideal” Italian orchestra (an ensemble of prominent musicians from the major orchestras across the country) opens its doors to Iranian musicians, and the voices of the two countries come together in one voice. Because each of us needs the other, and because the only possible future lies in dialogue: facing its dangers, obviously, but still in dialogue.