*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.
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!
SYLVIA & SILVIO:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Elena Palladino, our Executive Committee member, for helping Alfio Bernabei in organising the exhibition and this talk.
FILM: IL CONFORMISTA / THE CONFORMIST
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 email@example.com
FROM THURSDAY 23 MAY to SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019 – 7.30 PM
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 21st May 2019 latest
ANNUAL PIZZA DI FERRAGOSTO
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 email@example.com 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.