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*Our Events in 2019*

Wednesday 6th February 2019 – meeting at 6.15PM for 6.30PM start
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition of some of Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will be on display at Manchester Art Gallery.

Join us to see these unique masterpieces and discover more about the Maestro of the Italian Rinascimento.

A member of our Committee will be waiting for you from 6.15PM in the Main Hall.

To round off the evening we will go to DOM’S in Deansgate for a pizza and a chat – in Italian or English.

Please confirm your attendance in the comment box at the bottom of this page by 3rd February latest.

Thursday 7th March 2019 – meeting beside the ticket office at 7.15PM for 7.30PM start
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS

SERATA A CONCERTO – Hallé: Opera Gala

Gianluca Marcianò conductor | Anna Patalong soprano | Jung Soo Yun tenor 

Great voices and a great orchestra come together in an evening filled with passion, imagination and unforgettable melodies.

Acclaimed Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò and the Hallé are joined by rising stars Anna Patalong and Jung Soo Yun to bring your favourite operas to life.

The concert includes:

Che gelida manina and Sì, mi chiamano Mimì from La Bohème; Don José’s deeply moving Flower Song from Carmen; the celebrated singer Floria Tosca’s impassioned plea for redemption in Vissi d’arte from Tosca.. and then arias and duets from the Turandot, Rigoletto, La traviata and many other masterpieces.

Meeting details:
A member of our Committee will meet you at 7.15PM beside the ticket office.

During the interval we will gather at the same spot for greetings and a chat.

Tickets’ costs are between £14.20 and £44.50 – to be booked individually.
Please add £2.00 fee for online or phone booking.
Please contact directly The Bridgewater Hall on 0161 907 9000 or visit their website www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk to proceed with the booking.

Please confirm your attendance in the comment box at the bottom of this page by 1st March latest.

We hope to see you there!

A meeting of minds

A talk (in English) about Sylvia Pankhurst and Silvio Corio

by Alfio Bernabei – curator of the exhibition ‘Sylvia and Silvio’ opening at the end of March at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford

Saturday 6th April 2019 – 5.45PM

 Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

 Free admission – The evening will conclude with a glass of Italian wine and nibbles.

To better arrange the necessary refreshments, it would be helpful if you could book in advance by emailing us at dante@newfuture.org

Thanks to Elena Palladino, our Executive Committee member, for helping Alfio Bernabei in organising the exhibition and this talk.


by Bernardo Bertolucci  – 1970
(Movie is in Italian with English subtitles – Duration 112 min)

 Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow
Il film sara` introdotto da Silvana Serra. Seguira’ una breve sessione di domane e risposte.

SUNDAY 12 MAY 2019 – 4.00 PM for 4.15 PM start
Venue: Cross Street Chapel – Cross Street Manchester M2 1NL
Admission: £ 2.00 DA members – £ 3.50 non-members (drinks and nibbles included)

Bertolucci’s Oscar nominated adaption of Alberto Moravia’s novel (a thriller set in the Fascist era), is the film which started his partnership with the great cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (award winner for Apocalypse Now and Last Emperor among others), and it is widely considered one of the most visually dazzling and intriguing film of all time. Among other prestigious awards, the film won the Sutherland Trophy (BFI Awards) that same year.

Nibbles and drinks will follow. Non mancate / Don’t miss it!

To help us better organise seats & nibbles, please book in advance by emailing us at dante@newfuture.org


SERATA ALL’OPERA – City of Manchester Opera presents

An opera double bill –  CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Mascagni and PAGLIACCI by Leoncavallo

Venue: Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7JA

Two well-known operas, with stories set in this production in 1930 and 1950, with gorgeous music from the late 19th century, that will grip your interest and excite your emotions, as the central characters deal with central themes of love, passion and revenge!

(Fully staged, with orchestra, and sung in Italian, with English subtitles.)

“City of Manchester Opera was originally formed in 1998. Though based in Manchester, we draw our membership from a large area of the north of England. The Company is open to anyone wishing to gain experience of opera and currently we have around thirty singers. Our membership, aged from 17 to 60 plus, comes from a broad variety of backgrounds.”

Meeting details:

If you attend the show on Thursday 23rd May:
Silvana will meet you at 7.15 PM beside the ticket office.
During the interval we will gather at the bar for a get together, a drink and a chat.

Admission £20 / £18 (concessions for Senior Citizens, Students up to 18 & Carers) + £1.50 booking fee
Please contact directly the Hope Mill Theatre on 0333 012 4963 (open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or visit their website https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/ to proceed with the booking.

The theatre has a bar and restaurant serving home-made pizza and bar snacks.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing us at dante@newfuture.org by 21st May 2019 latest

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Venue: DOM’S Tavola Calda/Pizzeria
40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH

In the past few years we have celebrated the ‘Ferragosto’ (Italian Summer bank holiday) with a ‘pizza evening’ and this year it won’t be any different!

Join us at 6.45PM on Thursday 15th August at DOM’S Deansgate!
Booking is essential at dante@newfuture.org by Monday 12th August latest.
Afterwards we kindly ask you to book with the venue directly by calling them on 0161 834 2649

Food and drinks are to be paid individually.

See you there!

Origins of “Ferragosto”
The term Ferragosto derives from the Latin feriae Augusti (Augustus’ rest) indicating a festivity set up by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC which was an addition to the existing Roman festivals celebrating the end of the main agricultural tasks. During the celebrations, horse races were organised and labour animals were dispensed from work and decorated with flowers. Such ancient traditions are still alive today, virtually unchanged in their form and participation, during the “Palio dell’Assunta” which takes place on 16 August in Siena.

The popular tradition of the Ferragosto trip arises during Fascism. Starting from the second half of the 1920s, in the mid-August period, the regime organised hundreds of popular trips, due to the setting up of the “People’s Trains of Ferragosto”, at hard discounted prices. The initiative gave the opportunity also to the less well-off social classes to visit Italian cities or to reach seaside and mountain resorts.

On SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2019 – 4.30PM

Societa’ Dante Alighieri and Comites Manchester are pleased to invite you to the following screening


A selection of shortfilms about the people of Sardinia – In Italian with English subtitles

Venue: Cross Street Chapel – Cross Street Manchester M2 1NL

The screening will be followed by a social gathering with Sardinian wine and nibbles. 

To allow us to organise the seats and nibbles please book in advance at dante@newfuture.org

XIX Edizione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo: “L’italiano sul palcoscenico”

XIX Week of Italian Language in the World: “The Italian language on the stage”

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – 4.30PM for 4.45PM start

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL



Introduzione all’uso della lingua nei libretti d’opera verdiani

An Introduction to the use of language in Verdi’s opera librettos

The talk will be a mix of English and Italian language, and will be followed by a social gathering accompained by wine & nibbles.

Admission: £ 2.00 members – £ 3.50 non-members


Il libretto come genere letterario non ha mai goduto di buona fama, più spesso è stato oggetto di aspre critiche. I poeti/librettisti, generalmente di modesto calibro, eccetto qualche rara eccezione, riflettevano il livello della poesia dei melodrammi nel XIX secolo, un periodo nel quale il rapporto tra parola e musica vedeva quest’ultima dominare. Ascolteremo una serie di esempi tratti da opere di Verdi, per evidenziare il peculiare uso della lingua italiana nei libretti d’opera verdiani e mostrare come Verdi abbia influenzato i suoi librettisti sulla base delle idee musicali che aveva in mente. Si cercherà inoltre di chiarire il concetto di “parola scenica” col quale si intende definire la qualità drammatica di un testo operistico. Questo è un concetto coniato da Verdi nel 1870 che si basa sull’idea che ciò che è rilevante in un libretto è l’efficacia drammaturgica delle parole e della trama, piuttosto che la sublimità e la qualità letteraria del linguaggio stesso.

Roberta Collingwood è un Music Editor. Ha lavorato per 9 anni per Casa Ricordi (l’editore, tra gli altri, di Verdi e Puccini). È attualmente il Redattore Coordinatore della nuova Edizione Critica delle Opere di Antonio Vivaldi, pubblicata dall’Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi di Venezia, in collaborazione con Casa Ricordi. Ha conseguito il dottorato di ricerca in musicologia al King’s College London (University of London), sotto la guida del Professor Roger Parker. Il suo ambito di ricerca è la filologia della musica applicata al repertorio operistico italiano di Ottocento e primo Novecento.



The libretto as a literary genre has never enjoyed praise, more often has been the object of harsh criticism. Poets/librettists were generally of modest stature, with a few exceptions, and reflected the level of the poetry for librettos in the 19th century, a period in which the relationship between word and music saw the latter as dominant. We will listen to a series of examples from Verdi’s work, in order to highlight the peculiar use of Italian language in the librettos for his operas, and see how he influenced librettists’ writing on the basis of the musical ideas he had in mind. We will try to clarify the concept “parola scenica” (theatrical word) meant to describe the dramatic quality of an opera text. This is a key concept coined by Verdi in 1870 based on the idea that what is relevant in a libretto is the dramaturgical effectiveness of words and storyline, rather than the sublimity and literary quality of the language itself.

Roberta Collingwood is a Music Editor. She worked for 9 years for Casa Ricordi (the Italian publisher of Verdi and Puccini, amongst others). She is currently the Managing Editor of the new Critical Edition of the Works of Antonio Vivaldi, published by the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in Venice, in partnership with Ricordi. She undertook a PhD in Music Research at King’s College London (University of London), under the supervision of Professor Roger Parker. Her research interests are philology of music and 19th-century and early 20th-century Italian opera studies.


To allow us to organise the seats and nibbles please book in advance at dante@newfuture.org

We are also pleased to inform you that the opera Don Pasquale performed in London on Thursday 24th October will be screened live at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester M4 2BS, and replicated the following Sunday.


SUNDAY 8th December 2019 – 4.30PM for 5.00PM start

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
(Download the leaflet: Music Recital – Natale 2019)

The recital will include works by Puccini, Rossini, Bellini, Leoncavallo, Tosti and more…

Isla MacEwan                      Soprano

Tim Kennedy                       Piano

Come along for a special gathering to exchange the Season’s greetings over a glass (or two, why not?) of Prosecco and a slice of panettone or pandoro!

Admission:    members  £ 2.00   /   non-members   £ 4.00

Advanced booking is appreciated in order for us to get enough panettone and (above all!) Prosecco. Please contact dante@newfuture.org to book yourself and your friends / family in!


FILM – Ladri di biciclette / Bicycle Thieves

(movie will be in Italian with English subtitles) – Running time: approx. 1hr and 35′

THURSDAY 19th December 2019 from 20:10-22:15 UTC

Venue: St Clement’s Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 9AE
Tickets: £5 on the door only (no pre-booking nor reservations, just show up and join)

Refreshments available – including Panettone!

Movie hosted by Chorlton Film Institute  www.chorltonfilminstitute.co.uk

Doors will open at 20:10 – Introduction & Film start at 20:30; film certificate is U. 


The movie is presented in association with Società Dante Alighieri Manchester, with a short introduction in English by Dr Silvana Serra  (PhD in Cinema, Event Organiser for Società Dante Alighieri and Member of the Selection Committee for the International Short Film Festivals).

This landmark 1948 Italian film is widely regarded as among the best films of all time. In 1950 it won a special Academy Honorary Award as “most outstanding foreign language film” six years before the category was added to the Awards.

Ricci, an unemployed man in post-WWII Italy, finally gets a good job – for which he needs a bicycle. But soon his bicycle is stolen…

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