The Hidden Letter of Lucrezia Borgia
What is Italy if not the country of beautiful women, divine music and delectable cuisine? The performance The Hidden Letter of Lucrezia Borgia in Rome’s Cappella Orsini combines all these wonderful qualities into one unforgettable dinner and concert event. It will take you on a mysterious journey that follows one of the most controversial Renaissance figures on the wings of melodies by undisputed masters like Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi.
For lovers of Italian history, the name ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ is synonymous with political intrigue, dangerous romances, power plays and feminine dominance. The daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei, Lucrezia stood out with her intellect, beauty and strong will. Thanks to her many qualities, she held several high-profile political appointments. Her private life was turbulent and shrouded in mystery and rumours of debauchery, incest and personal vendettas. In the concert, a mysterious letter prompts one of Lucrezia’s descendants to take a closer look at the famous ancestor’s history. The findings are more than thrilling!
An event carrying Lucrezia Borgia’s name, therefore, must have the grandeur and appeal of her amazing life. The Cappella Orsini, a former church built on the ruins of Teatro di Pompeo, provides the perfect setting, in harmony with Lucrezia’s close ties to the Catholic faith. The music comes largely from the eponymous opera by Gaetano Donizetti, with excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera and La Traviata as well as beloved songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti. A soprano and a tenor will deliver the well-known melodies with a gentle piano accompaniment.
The Hidden Letter of Lucrezia Borgia also includes a lovely dinner in the best traditions of Italian high cuisine. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome drink on Cappella Orsini’s ground level. After getting to know the venue, you will head upstairs where the first part of the concert programme will commence, followed by a fantastic menu with delicious Mediterranean dishes and the concert’s second half. The evening will close around 11:00 p.m. and leave you with a variety of fantastic Italian impressions.
Extract of the programme:
Let it be soon by Francesco Paolo Tosti
From Lucrezia Borgia by G. Donizetti :
- Come è bello
- Soli noi Siamo
- Il segreto per essere felici
From Un ballo in maschera by G. Verdi
- Ecco l'orrido Campo
- Teco io sto
Libiamo ne' lieti calici from La Traviata by G. Verdi
Ninna Nanna by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Welcome Drink: Prosecco Superiore
Squashed Gaeta olives, anchovies from Civitavecchia, fresh buffalo ricotta cheese with dried tomatoes and orange slices
Puree of smashed chickpeas and chestnuts
Timballino (cacio e pepe pasta timbale)
Pork with apple sauce and cinamon
Spinach salad with pink vinegar
Dessert: Panna cotta with khaki, figs and bergamot sauce
*The musical programme and the menu are subject to change