The Christmas concert kicks off in the hall of Palazzo Madama. The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa, the highest offices of the State and the Apostolic Nuncio are present in the hemicycle.
As the Head of State entered the Chamber, there was a standing ovation from those present. To precede the performance of the songs, the hymn of Mameli.
"Thank you Mr. President": upon the arrival of Sergio Mattarella at the Senate for the Christmas concert, a small crowd also greeted the Head of State with applause, welcomed at the entrance by the President of Palazzo Madama Ignazio La Russa. Shortly before the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, had also arrived. Several ministers were also present at the event, from Guido Crosetto to Gennaro Sangiuliano.
A tribute to the masterpieces of Italian opera - which just last Wednesday UNESCO declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - and to Senator Alessandro Manzoni, 150 years after his death. These are the themes of the Christmas Concert in the Senate Chamber, now in its 26th edition, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 10 December, in the presence of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni. This was announced by the Senate.
"As is tradition, the event opens with the Italian national anthem and a brief greeting from the President of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa."
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Fondazione Arena di Verona will perform music by Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. Conductor, Maestro Michele Spotti; conductor of the Choir, Maestro Roberto Gabbiani. The sopranos Giuliana Gianfaldoni and Anna Pirozzi, the tenor Vittorio Grigolo, the baritone Nicola Alaimo and the bass Roberto Tagliavini will perform the most famous opera arias of the Italian tradition: "Largo al Factotum", "Casta Diva", "Una furtiva lagrima", "Va pensiero", "E lucean le stelle", "Vecchia zimarra", "O mio babbino caro", "Nessun dorma" and the "Brindisi" from La Traviata.
The actor Sergio Castellitto will read excerpts from the works of Alessandro Manzoni. The event, hosted by Milly Carlucci, will be broadcast live by Rai 1, starting at about 12 noon, by Rai Parliament.
As always, the proceeds of the tickets will be donated to charity.
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