Children «discover» the Opera. It is the summary of the morning spent at the National Theater of Rome, where the pupils of the third, fourth and fifth grade of Giacomo Leopardi, have ventured into the representation of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. A very cleverly “slimmed down” version, to appeal to small performers: a successful experiment thanks to the work of Valeria Adriana Narcisi. In fact, she was a soprano specialized in children’s choir and a graduate in music education, teaching children singing.
But the operation was much more complex for the teachers who participated in the project conceived by Annamaria Di Martino: event manager and pianist who accompanied the students on stage. Thus, the teachers Amalia Cappelli and Annaelisa Straniero, underwent three months of updating to be able to transmit the Tosca (not exactly a pop work) to the pupils of Leopardi. The result was a morning in the theater between music and culture with Tosca’s “real” interpreters applauded by the boys who entered in a very “instructive” way in the opera written by the Tuscan musician at the end of the nineteenth century.
The passion between Tosca and Mario, the betrayal, the deception with the protagonist forced to kill bad Scarpia for love, until the restless final that culminates with suicide. A real drama that the ability of the arrangement has transformed in the eyes of the boys in a festive morning.