On 24 April 1821 Alessandro Manzoni began to write Promessi sposi: an initial draft, which was only published in 1916, known by the name Fermo e Lucia, and which we now know was called Gli Sposi Promessi. After a period of re-writing that lasted for six years, and which saw the novel modified in terms of both structure and language, Manzoni corrected the title to the definitive version for printing in 1825: Promessi sposi. Gli Sposi Promessi, until now known only to scholars, is a novel by a more “novelesque”, adventurous and “European” Manzoni. A novel to e rediscovered. The Piccolo Teatro and Intesa Sanpaolo celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary with the first ever reading of the work in podcast form, and with videos providing further information on the theme.
The two-hundredth anniversary of the writing of Promessi sposi sees the launch of a project created by the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo and curated by Paola Italia and Giulia Raboni. From 5 May onwards, on the website gruppo.intesasanpaolo.com aand on the Intesa Sanpaolo audio streaming channels on the platforms Spotify, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast, the reading of the unabridged version of the novel will be published, in 37 episodes and four parts, corresponding to the chapters and the four volumes that make up the work, with the addition at the end of Storia della colonna infame.
The voices of Anna Della Rosa, Giancarlo Dettori, Sergio Leone, Umberto Orsini, Stella Piccioni, Arianna Scommegna, Giorgia Senesi and Massimiliano Speziani, introduced by prefaces by Manzoni scholars, will be lending their voices to that constant research of a true and vital language that then provided the foundations for the construction of Promessi sposi, a symbol of our country in which Milan plays an important role.
The project is not only a tribute to a monument of Italian literature, but a lively occasion for an examination of the most significant topics of modern times and a key to examining our present and our future. Each of the four parts will be introduced by a video in which figures from the worlds of culture and research - Salvatore Nigro, Gabrio Forti, Sumaya Abdel Qader, Andrea Colli, Alberto Mantovani - set in evocative locations from the Manzoni universe (Biblioteca Braidense, Gallerie d’Italia, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Casa Manzoni, Castello Sforzesco), examine some of the central themes of the work - Justice, Migration, Economics, Pandemics - that have particular resonance with modern times. The entire project will be introduced through a video set in the Biblioteca Braidense and broadcast on 5 May on the website gruppo.intesasanpaolo.com and on the Intesa Sanpaolo Instagram profile, featuring the curators Paola Italia and Giulia Raboni together with Professor Salvatore Nigro and Mariella Goffredo, who for many years held the role of director of the Manzoni hall in the Library.
The scholars: Simone Albonico (Université de Lausanne), Giuseppe Antonelli (Università di Pavia), Mariarosa Bricchi (Università di Pavia), Daniela Brogi (Università di Siena), Margherita Centenari (Università di Parma), Silvia Contarini (Università di Udine), Silvia De Laude (Università di Ginevra), Maurizio Ferraris (Università di Torino), Pierantonio Frare (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), Paola Italia (Università di Bologna), Carmela Marranchino (Università di Parma), Mauro Novelli (Università di Milano), Giorgio Panizza (Università di Pavia), Giuseppe Polimeni (Università di Milano), Giulia Raboni (Università di Parma), Francesco Sberlati (Università di Bologna).
In addition to 5 May, the other appointments have been programmed for 19 May, 3, 16 and 30 June 2021.
With the patronage of the
Municipality of Lecco and the Manzoni Museum of Lecco
Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
with the support of the Centro per il Libro e per la Lettura