Decameron premieres November 12, 13, 14, 2010 at Prince Music Theater.
September14-16: First International Vocal Competition in Citta’ di Saluzzo, Italy, dedicated to soprano Magda Olivero, born in Citta’ di Saluzzo, now celebrating her 100th birthday. Singers for Decameron chosen with 52 piece orchestra playing at concert on final day of competition, directed by Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, Artistic Director and Musical Director of the Competition.
September 26: Thin Slicing the Decameron. Creating New Italian Operas. Lecture by Karen Saillant, Artistic Director of IOT, at DaVinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine Street. Preparing members for exhibition inspired by Decameron. 2-5 PM
September 29: The Art of Creating New Italian Operas Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel 1-3 PM
September 30: Karen Saillant reads from Decameron, Banned Books – Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Street 6-8 PM
October 19: Concert at Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia celebrates Settimana della lingua italiana. Four performers from Decameron: present beloved Italian arias from operas such as La Boheme, L’elisir d’amore and Tosca, excerpts from Decameron and the world premiere of 3 new operatic pieces composed by Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, set to poems of Antonio Pisano (deceased) from Philadelphia.
October 21: Decameron Heroes: Ciappelletto, Maso del Saggio, Prince Tancredi, Nastagio degli Onesti and Marquis di Saluzzo, Ignazio DeSimone, baritone, Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, Musical DIrector of IOT, Karen Saillant, Artistic Director of IOT. America-Italy Society 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 310 6-8 PM
October 29: Italian Words, American Music Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Colloquium with Italian Conductor, Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, Librettist and Stage Director, Karen Saillant and composers Professor Adam Silverman, West Chest University and Professor Thomas Whitman, Swarthmore College
November 2: International Visitors Council; presentation- Courtyard Marriott 6 PM
November 4: Pasolini film The Decameron at Center for Italian Studies U Penn.
November 6: The Decameron In Text, Art and Opera Saturday, November 6 , 10–4 PM; Thursday, November 11, 7-9 PM. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rosenbach Library and Museum and International Opera Theater are teaming up to explore Boccaccio’s Decameron and its time in text, art and song! On Saturday, the workshop will begin at the Rosenbach where professor Vicki Kirkham will give an overview of the Decameron, and Karen Saillant will discuss the creation of the world premiere opera Decameron, which will bring an international cast and an Italian conductor to Philadelphia, with music by 7 Philadelphia area composers, then participants will be able to see a first English translation of the Decameron, published in 1620 and other related material in the Rosenbach’s collection. In the afternoon we will travel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to explore the Italian Renaissance collections including an exhibition on marriage chests that includes two painted panels based on a tale from the Decameron that will be featured in the Opera! The following Thursday evening the group will attend a rehearsal of the Opera.
November 12: Picturing The Decameron- Smile Gallery: DaVinci Art Alliance exhibition of art inspired by Decameron.
November 12,13,14: World Premiere of Decameron. Prince Music Theater.
The American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter and International Opera Theater are partnering to present a new opera production based on the Decameron, a collection of 100 novellas written in the 14th century by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. Seven local composers—Efrain Amaya, Michael Djupstrom, Daniel Shapiro, Adam Silverman, Tony Solitro, Thomas Whitman, and Ya-Jhu Yang—are writing short opera scenes for four vocalists and six instrumentalists based on seven novellas from the Decameron.
Two of the four singers were chosen at a three-day international singing competition in the City of Saluzzo, Italy. Maestro Gianmaria Griglio, Musical Director of International Opera Theater was the Musical and Artistic Director of the competition. Four hundred and fifty (450) people attended the final concert of the competition, including Philadelphia composer Thomas Whitman.
Decameron is a project of ACF Philadelphia’s New Voices program, presented in partnership with International Opera Theater, and is made possible with generous support provided, in part, by the William Penn Foundation and The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. New Voices gives emerging composers an opportunity to have new works rehearsed, performed, and recorded by professional ensembles.
Decameron collaborators include: Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, Citta’ di Saluzzo, Italy, Scuola Alto Perfezionamento, Saluzzo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rosenbach Museum and Library, America Italy Society, International Visitors Council, Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania, daVinci Art Alliance, Smile Gallery, University of the Arts, Drexel University and Terranova Wine Importers.