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Kiev, National Opera House of Ukraine, November 29th 2014
Promoted by: the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Ukraine, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Culture of Ukraine, the National Opera House of Ukraine
In cooperation with: the Embassies of Poland, Bulgaria and Switzerland, the Polish Institute in Kiev
General Sponsor: UniCredit Bank
Your Excellency, on November 29th the Kiev Opera House hosted the initiative “Never Again”. What was the purpose of the soirée?
This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, a great tragedy which struck all European peoples with unprecedented violence and left a long-lasting trail of devastation and sufferance. Seizing the opportunity of the current Italian Presidency of the European Union, we chose to dedicate a night of culture to the memory of our forefathers who gave their lives on the battlefield, to remind us all of the horrors of war and of our common goal of ensuring peace and prosperity to future generations.
How did such an emotional commemoration take place?
We brought before the audience a highly touching performance of the “Messa da Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi, perhaps one of the most moving musical masterpieces, a spiritually intense and exquisite composition conceived to honour the memory of the departed. The constant alternation between dramatic passages and warming arias makes up for a deeply emotional experience.
Who performed such a delicate piece?
The success of the initiative can be traced to the excellent performance by a highly refined cast of international artists from different parts of Europe. The cast included Italian tenor Riccardo Zanellato alongside other soloists from Bulgaria, Switzerland and Poland, who were backed up by the Symphony Orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine and by the three finest Ukrainian choruses: the National Opera Choir, the “Dumka” National Choir, and the Chorus of the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Kiev. In that context, I wish to reiterate my heartfelt feelings of gratitude to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Culture of Ukraine and the Embassies of Poland, Bulgaria and Switzerland for their precious contribution in co-organizing the event and contributing to it with some of their most talented artists.Printable version