Time & Location
Sep 04, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Garibaldi Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305, USA
About the Event
An Outdoor Cultural Evening and Opera Film: Simone Boccanegra
Professors Louis Leonini & Louis Barrella
The presenters will enlighten us with both historical and musical background before we watch highlights of the opera. Professor Leonini will speak about Boccanegra as the title of Doge, as well as the four great Italian Maritime Republics of Genoa, Venice, Amalfi and Pisa; while Professor Barrella will prep us for the musical moments to follow.
Simone Boccanegra became the first Doge of Genoa in 1339. His story was popularized by Giuseppe Verdi in his 1857 opera which fictionalized some episodes in the life of this historical person. Verdi expressed real life experiences through his wonderful music like the death of a daughter, reunion with a long lost relative and the reconciliation of two old men who hated each other during their lifetimes. The revised version, written in 188 included the Council Chamber Scene with Simone’s plea for political unity. Verdi’s nationalistic feelings for the already united Italy affected the portrayal of Boccanegra as a natural leader and unifier of the Italy, albeit the Genoa, of the 14th Century. (Talk about an appropriate theme!)
Donation $10 per person
Cold bottled water will be provided.
Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
Your Safety Is Our Priority
The museum has been thoroughly sanitized and the bathroom will be available.
Social distance practices will be in place.
Guests are required to wear a face-covering.
We thank the following Foundations, Organizations, and Private Sponsors who have Supported and Funded our School Programs and Events:
NYS GRAND LODGE FOUNDATION INC. & SONS OF ITALY FOUNDATION