The driving concept for the new Museum is to accompany the visitor through the extraordinary creative process of staging an opera: from the first sketch and the compilation of the operatic text to the writing of the score, from the set-design and costumes to singers preparation and finally the overall theatrical production.
The various exhibits are separated by heavy crimson velvet curtains, which other than bestowing a stylistic precision which reflects the ambient of the traditional opera theatre, also serve effectively to isolate the spaces acoustically. The lighting is distributed through protective technology in order not to interfere with the screens on which audiovisuals and shrines are exhibited. Through a personalised and interactive multimedia experience, AMO involves and inspires its visitors on a journey dedicated to the communication of thought-provoking operatic information.
There are 7 key sections in 15 rooms of the Palazzo Forti:
Original operatic texts of Maria Piave for Rigoletto and The Traviata are displayed, from 1853 with the manuscripted notes from the censorship which forced the title to be changed to Violetta. Antonio Ghislanzoni’s text of Aida and that of S. Cammarano for Il Trovatore. Finally there is also Giuseppe Adami’s and Renato Simoni’s texts for Turandot and those of Illica and Giacosa for Tosca.
Seen for the first time by the Italian public, among the items derived from the Ricordi archive are six autographical scores of Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata and and two by Giacomo Puccini, Turandot and Tosca.
Also from the Ricordi archive there are original sketches of Hohenstein for Tosca by Girolamo Magnani for Aida, and of Mario Sala for Rigoletto. From the Archive of the Fondazione Arena di Verona one may admire the sketches originally by Ettore Fagiuoli for the edition of Aida represented in 1913 in the Arena and those of Pietro Aschieri for Tosca del 1939.
It’s like being on stage! An entire room is dedicated to the set design of Aida in the Fondazione Arena di Verona’s production by Zeffirelli.
During the visit, the public can listen to the numerous grand voices of the Opera Aida (Se quel guerrier io fossi!), Turandot (Tu che di gel sei cinta), Il Trovatore (Di quella pira), La Traviata (Libiam nei lieti calici, Follie follie).
Various costumes from scenes of Turandot, Tosca and Aida from the Arena Verona’s own tailor are exhibited. In rotation format costumes will also be shown from this years Festival programme.
In the last room comfortably seated one may watch certain performances filmed during past seasons of the Arena Verona: Aida, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Tosca, Turandot and Romèo et Juliette.
During the creation of AMO, 400M Sq of velvet, 1600M of blue fabric, 350M of netting, 12 KM of electrical cable, 2800 screws, 2000 nails, 1000M of wood, 50kg of glue and 100kg of varnish were used.
Direction, concept and curation of the Museum by Kikka Ricchio