Restoring Verdi’s places. From Roncole to Sant’Agata via Busseto Emilia-Romagna Region reissue 2013
To mark the first centenary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi, the Emilia-Romagna Region financed a large program of restoration and renewal of all the “Verdi places” in its territory.
To the houses where Verdi lived, to his “places” and their restoration for an appropriate use, was dedicated the exhibition “RESTORING VERDI'S PLACES – From Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto” organized by the Assessorato alla Cultura of the Emilia-Romagna Region in cooperation with AICER (Agency for cultural initiatives of Emilia-Romagna) and IBC (Institute for cultural, artistic and natural heritage of the Emilia-Romagna Region).
The exhibition was entrusted, for planning and preparation, to the architect Pier Luigi Cervellati who supervised the restoration of Verdi's houses.
The exhibition structure reproduced, on wooden panels, the interior of the Teatro Verdi of Busseto, with the red/gold splendor of its furnishings, while the back of this scenery façade reproduced pictures, drawings, restoration projects of the birthplace in Roncole, Villa Pallavicino in Busseto and Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata, alternated with pictures of the surrounding Po Valley plains.
The main photographers of this reconnaissance had been Riccardo Vlahov and Angelo Ceresa, a photographer from Parma who was able to represent Verdi's “places” with a sensitivity bordering on the pictorial.
The exhibition was enriched by a video, by Altair4 Multimedia, with interesting virtual reconstructions of Verdi's places and by a catalog that, besides many significant images of the exhibition, gave space to words through brief essays and testimonies of Pier Luigi Cervellati, Ezio Raimondi, Pierluigi Petrobelli, Corrado Mingardi and Alberto Carrara Verdi.
The video was reissued for the Bicentenary because it gives back the environments and the panoramas experienced and loved by Verdi, using a series of virtual reconstructions, digitally drawn from original documents. It runs through the main stages of an ideal Verdi route: the native home of Roncole, Busseto, where Verdi spent his childhood and adolescence, the campaign and the surroundings, Villa Verdi in Sant'Agata and his garden, purchased in 1848 when, now a successful and wealthy decided to go back "to its parts." From these privileged positions, it is said of the Maestro and of the events and vicissitudes of the environment, with live commentary of prof. Pier Luigi Cervellati.