Italy and Jerusalem Join Forces in Culture

Serenata al Vento, a long lost opera that fell prey to the Fascist regime, has found new life thanks to cooperative efforts between Milan and Jerusalem. 


The opera, which means a "Comedy of Manners," is a mischievous and fun piece, with gentle satire and pungent witticism. It was composed by Aldo Finzi for a competition at La Scala opera house in 1937 and, although it won first prize, due to Fascist government's discriminatory laws, the competition was annulled.  Finzi was arrested by the Fascist government and died before the end of the second World War at the age of 48.


The project found new life when the Lombardia Region chose to partner with the Jerusalem Foundation.  The Foundation chose the Aeterna Opera and Hamartef Theater, both of Jerusalem and projects of the Foundation to produce the opera.  The Aeterna Opera's singers will perform the piece and the Hamartef Theater will prepare the costumes and set design. 


The Aterna Opera, founded in 2003 by Ilya Plotkin, helps former Soviet Union immigrants integrate into Israeli life.  


Hamartef Theater  assists youth at risk in Jerusalem through their drama school.


Representatives of the Lombardia Region appointed the Orchestra Accademia delle Opere directed by Diego Montrone and Galdus Milan, who will be responsible for coordinating the production.  Youngsters in the region will produce the jewelry for the costumes. 


The project was launched on May 5th 2012 at the Gaetano Donizetti Theatre of Bergamo (Lombardia region) and the opera will be performed on December 1st 2012, during the Bergamo Music Festival. The Finzi family was present at the launch, as were the directors of Ricordi, the renowned Italian music house, and Amadeus, the Italian Clasical Music magazine (who also adopted the project). The director, Otello Cenci, presented his views of the theatrical elements of opera.  


"This is a wonderful cooperative effort between Lombardia and Jerusalem, linking culture and social empowerment together," said Tamar Milo of the Jerusalem Foundation.  "This performance corrects a horrific injustice to Aldo Finzi, and thanks his family's longstanding efforts, the public will now benefit from his talents. We hope to see his opera performed in Jerusalem."


Click here to view the website for the performance