Festival Verdi Journal
The new annual magazine dedicated to Festival Verdi, with original images and illustrations, essays, and discussions by Verdi scholars of the highest calibre. Printed in two editions, Italian and English, by the Teatro Regio di Parma, the Festival Verdi Journal is a project of the Scientific Committee for Festival Verdi. It is available at €15.00 from the Teatro Regio and online.
The Festival Verdi Journal is officially on sale. The new annual publication dedicated to the upcoming edition of Festival Verdi, edited by Alessandro Roccatagliati with illustrations by Davide Forleo, has been produced by the Teatro Regio di Parma in two distinct editions, Italian and English. The Festival Verdi Journal is a project of the Scientific Committee for Festival Verdi, directed by Francesco Izzo.
Francesco Izzo and Alessandro Roccatagliati explain: “We have created an annual which collects essays introducing the four operas on the programme, written by scholars of the highest international standing. Having ensured scholarly substance, rigour and timeliness, we have imagined a journal whose register and visual appearance are far removed from those of academic periodicals, and seek to engage the reader with a friendly and direct approach, much like a magazine”.
This is the profile of the FVJournal, a magazine that each year, through its engaging and comprehensive essays, provides insight into the operas’ diverse themes using original images and illustrations. It offers its readers the opportunity to broaden their own knowledge of the operas and the context in which they are set, enriching their understanding of the aural and visual concepts, rendering the live experience even more satisfying. At the heart of the first edition of the FVJournal are the operas in the programme for Festival Verdi 2018: Macbeth, Un giorno di regno, Le Trouvère, and Attila, with articles by Fabrizio Della Seta, Anselm Gerhard, Michele Girardi, Helen M. Greenwald, Francesco Izzo, David Lawton, Alessandro Roccatagliati, Antonio Rostagno, and Claudio Toscani.
The FVJournal was printed in advance in January for the presentation of Festival Verdi 2018 and distributed at the various international promotional road show locations. It helps the public prepare well in advance for the autumn festival, with new insights into the operas in the programme.
Furthermore, itallows admirers of Verdi to delve into the varied and numerous themes related to his operas. FVJournal devotes two articles to each opera, accompanied by extensive artwork: the first article is broader and introductory, reconstructing the origins of the opera and focusing on the important dramaturgical and musical aspects whereas the second is dedicated to specific themes, exploring topics such as literary sources, cultural context, and politics.
The magazine, which is illustrated with original artwork produced for each opera by a commissioned artist, has invited Davide Forleo to take charge of the inaugural edition. Having overseen the entire graphic layout, Forleo invites the reader to reflect on the visual aspects and staging through to a substantial collection of commented images, including period reproductions and recent stage photos.
“This is a special edition of Festival Verdi – explains Anna Maria Meo, General Manager of the Teatro Regio di Parma – it is turning eighteen, and for its coming of age the Festival is giving itself a gift which will be shared with all Verdi enthusiasts throughout the world. In inaugurating its own publication, that will be distributed internationally, it will also create a further tool to promote our activities. In the age of social networks and virtual communication, I like to think that ink and paper still have a profound meaning and important role to play, creating space for reflection and bearing witness to our experiences of recent years.
Edited by Alessandro Roccatagliati
Teatro Regio di Parma, 2018, Parma
128 pages – format 21 x 29.7
Paperback, with illustrations
Printed by Grafiche Step, Parma
Italian Edition. ISBN-978-88-942798-0-1
English Edition ISBN-978-88-942798-2-5
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The FVJournal can be purchased for €15.00, in cash or with credit card, from the box office, the bookshop and from the tour guide desk at the Teatro Regio di Parma. It is also available for purchase online, through PayPal or Bank Transfer, after sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the number of copies ordered, the address and the type of delivery (Italy only). The types and shipping costs, charged to the recipient, are available here.