On April 10th, the two great European capitals Rome and Paris broadcast an unprecedented concert to highlight young opera talents in two exceptional places of the historical and artistic heritage. The concert was recorded at Palazzo Farnese, seat of the French Embassy in Italy, and at the Hôtel de la Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville, seat of the Italian Embassy in Paris.

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This event dedicated to opera represents the will of Italy and France to restart together in a complicated historical period, which saw us all a little distant. A Franco-Italian cooperation agreement in the opera field was thus inaugurated, which allowed the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome to dialogue with the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris thanks to the collaboration of the embassies of both countries.

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Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy

The concert, broadcast on Rai5, was “a sign of great vitality and a real trait-d’union between past and future,” said Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy. “Welcoming this concert at Palazzo Farnese was a way of continuing to give access to culture in this particular and painful year for many of our fellow citizens. The young singers who invaded the spaces of this Renaissance jewel are a beautiful symbol of hope in the future” he added.

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For two days, the famous and unpublished spaces of Rome, the Galleria dei Carracci, the Scalone d’Onore or the Salone d’Ercole, were invaded by the beauty of the great arias of French opera with the singers of “Fabbrica” Young Artist Program of the Rome Opera House. In Paris, on the other hand, the music of Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi and Bellini resounded in the great Music Room of the Embassy of Italy and the Hotel de la Rochefoucauld Doudeauville was the magnificent setting for the concert of the young talents of the Académie de the Opéra National de Paris.

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Teresa Castaldo, Ambassador of Italy to France

“The Embassy in Paris has enthusiastically opened the doors of its Sicilian Theater to the young artists of the Paris Opera and will continue to do so, in support of the artistic world and as a testimony of the common commitment of Italy and France so that culture resumes its guiding role of our companies and relaunching our economies” commented Teresa Castaldo, Ambassador of Italy to France.

The great opera concert broadcast by the Embassies of Rome and Paris demonstrates how music is able to unite also, and above all, from afar, bringing the hearts of different cities and countries closer together.