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The Three Tenors and the Great Neapolitan Mandolins

The Three Tenors and the Great Neapolitan Mandolins

Naples is a city known for its special atmosphere and culture where emotion and grandeur play an important role. In the heart of the city, The Three Tenors and the Great Neapolitan Mandolins concert finds a perfect home. At the “Il Sogno” room, the three talented singers and four instrumentalists from the Neapolitan Mandolin Academy present their intriguing arrangements of classic opera arias by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Gioachino Rossini, and Gaetano Donizetti. Beloved Neapolitan songs by Ernesto De Curtis, Luigi Denza, Vincenzo Di Chiara, and Pasquale Cinquegrana complete the programme and imbue the evening with unmistakable local flair.

The concert starts strong with ‘Tarantella’ from La Festa di Piedigrotta by Luigi Ricci. It is an excellent opportunity for the instrumentalists to awe you and bring you into the exciting world of the mandolin. Two mandolins, a mandola, and a guitar work together in perfect harmony, both as solo instruments and as steady accompaniment for the three tenors. Act I continues with opera gems from Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata and Puccini’s Tosca, alongside ‘Mattinata’ and ‘Vesti la giubba’ by Leoncavallo and another ‘Tarantella’, this time by Rossini. Act II keeps the excitement high with further opera favourites such as arias from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and another one from Puccini’s Tosca, but the emphasis here clearly falls on the Neapolitan songs.

In the concert’s second half, audiences get to enjoy a kind of who’s who of canzone napoletana. The opener is the world-famous ‘Funiculì Funiculà’ by Luigi Denza. Interspersed throughout are other timeless hits, such as ‘Torna a Surriento’ by Ernesto De Curtis, ‘La Spagnola’ by Vincenzo Di Chiara, and ‘Come facette Mammeta’ by Giuseppe Capaldo. The Three Tenors and the Great Neapolitan Mandolins make sure that both genres of Italian opera and Neapolitan song receive plenty of play time and strong representation, bound to leave audiences with vivid memories of their musical evening in Naples.