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GREAT CALLAS EXHIBITIONS 2008 IN FLORENCE


Villa Medicea del Poggio Imperiale - Florence

MARIA CALLAS IN FLORENCE

On April 29th 2008, in the renowned Villa Medicea del Poggio Imperiale, coinciding with the opening of Florence May Music Festival, there will be the opening of an important exhibition, remarkably illustrating the Divina’s hard and significant work at the Comunale and at the May Music Fesival with new and unpublished documents acquired at the latter Sotheby’s auction. This long-awaited event is supported by Callas Association together with the Presidency of Villa del Poggio Imperiale which hosts the State Educandato of S.S. Annunziata and Florence Lyric Association with whom we have profitably worked in the past.

Here, some pictures of the exhibition in Villa Medicea.

On May 29th Dacia Maraini, acclaimed by the young guests, by the President and the Provost of the prestigious state Boarding School of S.S. Annunziata, has duly arrived at the Educandato of Poggio Imperiale, where at the end of the 40s the young Dacia spent four school years. Here she has received from the Provost Fadda a memorial of the Educandato and from Bruno Tosi “Maria Callas Award”, given also to the famous musicologist Alfredo Mandelli. Dacia Maraini has touchingly recalled her experience at Poggio Imperiale School, and the friendship with the other schoolmates, in Florence called “poggioline”, some of them still friends. Then the writer has talked about Maria Callas and their deep friendship, giving a moving portrait of Maria-woman that she has described as “fragile and very sweet”, definitely “unpretentious and humble”; a portrait quite different from the “tiger” as she was often described. Dacia has reaffirmed Callas’s love and tenderness for Pier Paolo Pasolini, requited with friendship and devotion by the poet of Casarsa. Then Alfredo Mandelli has celebrated the grandeur of the artist that he followed, as the magazine Oggi reviewer, since her debut at the Arena of Verona with “Gioconda” in August 1947, live broadcasted, and later on her many triumphs in Milan, during the Scala golden years. Another overcrowded meeting has taken place in the White Hall of Villa del Poggio Imperiale for the closing of the exhibition. The great florentine critic Leonardo Pinzauti, praised by the audience, the young collector and devotee Calassiano Cosimo Capanni and Bruno Tosi, have discussed about many inedited films of Maria Callas. The result of the exhibition “The Divina in Florence”, that has seen thousands of visitors, can be considered more than satisfactory.


Alfredo Mandelli,Dacia Maraini, Rettore Fadda

Alfredo Mandelli Dacia Maraini, Bruno Tosi
   

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