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Kicking Off the Celebrations for the Centenary of Maestro Puccini’s Death Begin at the Italian Embassy in Washington

Stefano Teano, S.E. l’Ambasciatrice e Valentina Ciardelli

On the evening of March 27th, the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia, hosted a concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Maestro Giacomo Puccini. The event, organized with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, featured a performance by the renowned double bassist Valentina Ciardelli accompanied by Stefano Teano on the piano.

The musicians presented two Puccini fantasies: “Che puoi farmi? Non ti temo” from “La fanciulla del West” e “O Scarpia, Avanti a Dio!” based on themes from “Tosca”.

The concert marks the beginning of a series of initiatives planned to commemorate the centenary of Giacomo Puccini’s death, in collaboration with the Arena di Verona Foundation and the Washington National Opera. Both will inaugurate their respective opera seasons with Puccini’s Turandot, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the U.S. capital’s premier theater. The event is part of a broader program to promote Italian opera as part of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.