Duration: 60 minutes without interval
In his novel Di questa vita menzognera published by Feltrinelli in 2003, Giuseppe Montesano tells the story of an ambiguous and ruthless character, the Calebbano, who is caught up in organised crime. In possession of large quantities of ready cash, the Calebbano decides to invest it in a horrific experiment, transforming Naples into Eternapoli, a huge amusement park which presents the most significant historical milestones of the city, from the flight from Pompei following the eruption of Vesuvius, via the Masaniello revolution, to the current tragic cases tied to the camorra.
“Two seasons ago - explains Toni Servillo - as part of the many years of collaboration with the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, I suggested to Fabio Vacchi that he compose the score and choir of Eternapoli, a melologue for two voices with the libretto that Giuseppe Montesano had adapted from his novel. The expressive fusion of music and words became the most suitable vehicle for presenting the terrible plans of the Calebbano. It is a scenario that, despite being fantasy, does not seem so far removed from the reality of other cities both in our country and beyond, places which have an extraordinary history and an immense artistic and monumental patrimony that leads them to be invaded on a daily basis”. For the staging at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Eternapoli will see the collaboration of the laVerdi orchestra and choir “who I am delighted have accepted - concludes Servillo - to take on this challenge with us”.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 7 to 9 April 2020
for an actor, an actress, mixed choir and grand orchestra
music by Fabio Vacchi
written by Giuseppe Montesano
acting voices Toni Servillo, Imma Villa
orchestra conductor Vincenzo Milletarì
choir master Dario Grandini
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Teatri Uniti, laVerdi - Symphonic Orchestra and Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Choir of Milan co-production