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A very different opera story...
 
Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
 
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, Foto Bocelli.de
 
March 20, 22, 2009 
should have opened its doors 

Palermo Teatro Massimo, Foto Bocelli.de

for
Faust
 opera  in 5 acts by Charles Gounod
everything was done to make it happen:
Probe Teatro Massimo, März 09, Dank an Astrid!
rehearsals
Probe Teatro Massimo, März 09, Thanks to Karen!
with maestro Michel Plasson, 
the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo, 
Roberto Scandiuzzi as Mephisto, 
J.-F. Lapointe as Valentin,
 
and Alexia Voulgaridou as Marguerite, Elena Belfiore as Siebel,
 Doris Lamprecht as Marthe and Richard Rittlemann as Wagner,

Probe Teatro Massimo, März 09 mit M. Plasson, Foto Bocelli.de

additional single voice rehearsals with Maestro Plasson,
Palermo März 09, Foto Bocelli.de

Palermo, März 2009, Foto Bocelli.de

also time to relax in between ...

Palermo März 2009, Dank an Astrid!
...so one could
 
happily, 
- maybe a little tired - 
but optimistically,
 
 
 
 
 
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de

also seriously 

Palermo, Teatro Massimo, mit Direttore Artistico Lorenzo Mariani, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
look forward to this extraordinary event in the splendid Teatro Massimo.

Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de

Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de

but the doors remained closed and seats remained empty

Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de

sciopero (strike) !!!!
 
no
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
Andrea Bocelli would have loved 
 
 
 
 
 
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.deto sing here for all these people 
who had come 
from all over the world
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
 
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
at this beautiful Teatro Massimo
...
...and yes, we would have loved to hear him sing
 
Palermo, Teatro Massimo, März 09, Foto Bocelli.de
 
So good-bye to Palermo and its splendid theatre


 

instead....
 

 

Please read Cami's unique report 
for more details of this incredible story:
at
 

 
 
March 25, 09:
Andrea's message to his fans after the cancellations of Faust because of strike
(Italian Original and translations)
Andrea presenting his preparations for Faust by two online videos
(incl. transcript and translations)
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