PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR 750TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF DANTE The initiative, which will take place Monday, May 4, will be attended by Roberto Benigni and Nicola Piovani

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The Senate of the Italian Republic Monday, May 4th will host the 750th anniversay celebrations of the birth of Dante “. The initiative, presented by the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso will also be attended by Sergio Mattarella. Well-known actors like Roberto Benigni and Nicola Piovani are going to take part as well. The actor will read and illustrate ‘Canto XXXIII of Paradise’, while the maestro, Rossano Baldini, will accompany the soprano Rosa Feola for the first time, on the song from “Vita nuova”, an original composition written by Piovani especailly for the anniversary. Speakers include Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for culture, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Franceschini, and Professor Enrico Malato, chairman of ‘Centro Pio Rajna.’


For the occasion, Garibaldi Hall of Palazzo Madama, important documents will be exhibited on the work of Dante Alighieri, with modern editions of works and precious facsimiles of ancient illuminated manuscripts, as well as an original contribution by the artist Domenico Ferrari from Trentino, who is the first to exhibit Dante’s Inferno with 36 illustrated engravings. The event will be broadcast live on television by Rai Uno, Rai Parliament, from the satellite channel and the web-Tv of the Senate. ” It is a fact of great importance – explained Grasso – that a parliament be the one to host this ceremony. My wish is that this is a good omen for the success of planned events in Italy and abroad on the occasion of the anniversary “. The President of the Senate has finally noted that artists, who have been invited will receive no compensation for a day which “will give us the pride of an extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage”

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