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Week of the Italian Language in Qatar – the Italian language on stage

Registration:’Opera%20di%20Roma/2597On the occasion of the 19th edition of the “Week of the Italian Language in the World,” which will take place at the Qatar National Library (QNL) from the 21st to 27th of October, 2019, the Embassy of Italy in Doha, QNL and Società Dante Alighieri have organized a wide program of engaging initiatives open to everyone – adults, kids and families. The theme of this edition – The Italian language on stage – allows to explore the Italian culture through the connection with music, art, lifestyle and cuisine, while learning the basics of the Italian language.

Special focus of the Week will be the Italian Opera and its most renowned composers – Vincenzo Bellini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi– with two unique events:

Conference “Evolution of Italian opera between 1800 and 1900: convergences and contrasts” by Maestro Adriano Bassi – concert performer, conductor, musicologist and journalist
21 October 2019 from 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm – Special Events Area of the Qatar National Library
By telling curiosities and anecdotes on the most renowned Italian composers and playing some of their famous arias on the piano, Maestro Adriano Bassi will walk the audience through a journey to discover the history of the Italian opera and its evolution over the centuries, with a special focus on Vincenzo Bellini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.

Concert by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Opera Arias by Italian Composers: Bellini, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi.
22 October 2019 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Opera House of Doha, Building 16 of Katara Cultural Village
A unique concert by the young talented artists Erika Beretti (soprano), Irida Dragoti (mezzosoprano) and Edina Bak (pianist) – participants of the “Fabbrica Young Artist Program” of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – who will perform a selection of the most renowned Opera Arias by the Italian composers Vincenzo Bellini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.


From “Il trovatore” by G. Verdi: stride la vampa (Irida Dragoti)
From “Tosca” by G. Puccini: vissi d’arte (Erika Beretti)
From “Madama Butterfly” by G. Puccini: duetto dei fiori (Irida Dragoti, Erika Beretti)
From “Cavalleria Rusticana” by P. Mascagni: voi lo sapete o mamma (Irida Dragoti)
From “Aida” by G. Verdi: ritorna vincitor (Erika Beretti)
From “Aida” by G. Verdi: fu la sorte dell’armi (Erika Beretti, Irida Dragoti)
From “Un ballo in maschera” by G. Verdi: morrò, ma prima in grazia (Erika Beretti)
From “Don Carlo” by G. Verdi: “o don fatale” (Irida Dragoti)
From “Norma” by V. Bellini: mira o Norma (Erika Beretti, Irida Dragoti)



Learn Italian through song – 21 October from 5.30 pm to 6:15 pm
Songs express at best the contemporary developments of the language and represent a great source of real-life expressions. Let’s make a try with “Volare” by Domenico Modugno. Listen to it, understand it and learn the basic Italian vocabulary trough it!

Children learn Italian through song – 22 October from 3.30 pm to 4:00 pm
Hey kids! Have you ever thought about what it takes to make anything? “Ci vuole un fiore!” You just need a flower! This popular song for children, upon the Gianni Rodari’s book, will help us find out what you need to make anything while learning some basic Italian vocabulary.

Learn Italian through food – 23 October from 4.30 pm to 5.15 pm and 6:00 pm to 6.45 pm
Learn Italian through…food! Take part to our demo lesson with Chef Claudio Trovato to introduce essential food vocabulary while exploring some italian recipes.
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Registration for the second time slot:

Il caffè letterario – Novecento – 24 October from 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm – Open Lounge Terrace of the Qatar National Library
Let’s enjoy together a nice coffee with a good reading: NOVECENTO, work of Alessandro Baricco, the famous Italian contemporary author. We’ll make a reading group to discuss and share impressions, opinions and feelings about the novel.

Traditional Italian Children’s Games – 26 October from 11:00 am to 11.30 am
One plays the role of the wolf, the others play the role of the fruits! The wolf calls out a fruit, the fruit runs and the wolf tries to capture the fruit! This is “Il Lupo Mangia Frutta” and it sounds like a fun game, doesn’t it? We challenge you to play it in Italian!
Let’s play also “Ruba Bandiera”: capture the flag and learn the numbers in Italian. Who will be the faster?

Traveling through Italy – 26 October from 12:00 pm to 12.30 pm
What does it mean to live in Italy? Come with your family and friends and listen to native Italian Storytelling about the Italian culture, the Italian traditions and way of living. Learn the vocabs that will be useful just in case you ever find yourself in Italy! Ci vediamo in Italia!

The Week of the Italian Language in the World
The “Week of the Italian Language in the World” is a yearly event instituted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Italy, and celebrated abroad by the Italian cultural and diplomatic network. It focuses on a theme that acts as the leitmotif of a vast cultural program to promote abroad the diffusion of the Italian language.
The initiative was launched in 2001 through a joint action with the Accademia della Crusca, subsequently joined by the Swiss Confederation, in which Italian is one of the country’s official languages. During these past eighteen years, the “Week of the Italian Language in the World” has represented the main promotional channel in terms of the number of activities simultaneously organized all over the world. This success story is due to the growing engagement of Embassies, Consulates, Cultural Institutes and Italian communities abroad, along with local cultural institutions and a host of teachers and academics, who have contributed together to open a cultural and intercultural dialogue with intellectuals and representatives of civil society in a large number of countries.