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Virtual Choir "Va pensiero" ("Nabucco" by G. Verdi) - International Opera Choir

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Published on Mar 19, 2020

Covid-19 has profoundly changed the daily lives of Italians, confined to stay home
and combat the viral emergency. Even the world of showbiz has taken a big blow and musicians, singers, directors, etc. We are all forced to cancel performances and concert activities with economic
loss and unspeakable damage to mental well-being.

International Opera Choir - Coro Internazionale Lirico Sinfonico, like other choral ensembles, had to suspend every activity in order to obey to the new restrictions .

To ease this situation of great tension, we have decided to open the doors of our virtual rehearsal rooms, so that each singer comes closer to each other through music.

And if it’s true that the “Chorus of the Hebrew slaves”, commonly known as “Va’ pensiero”, in the circumstances of Giuseppe Verdi’s time was a reflection of the oppressione inflicted on the Italian people before Italy’s reunification, picturing the Jews people in chains under Babylonian captivity, today we feel close to that sentiment of lost homeland and loss of freedom to live our life peacefully.

The “Va pensiero” is a part of our history, and as soon as anyone begins singing the motif the words com back to mind. The hymn has always been considered a potential substitute to the national anthem, and according to many scholars no other pieces can truly represent the Italian people like the the “Va pensiero”.
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A big thanks to all the medical personnel currently involved in the fight against the Covid-19 emergency. This video is for you!

We are thankful to the #Caritas of Villa Glori (Rome) that allows the IOC to rehearse in a non virtual environment. A big hug to all its guests and staff working there… #EverythingWillBeOK!

Thanks to M° Giovanni Mirabile, to all the singers #IOC that participated and to the creative team behind the scenes:

Paolo Annunziato – Mixing engineer e video editor;
Raffaella Baioni – Project manager;
Giovanni Marucci – President of the Association "Frequenze&Armonici"
Virginia Cirillo – Content creator.

#LaMusicaNonSiFerma #letsstayhome

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