Ant06 CDR, $13.00 US
"Zonacalda" is the literal translation for the biological/clinical
words "Hot Zone", meaning "deadly infectious area". This
work is about an inner journey, with a person infected with AIDS. "Zonacalda"
talks about his personal trouble, psychological as well as physical. In the
recitatives the actress Federica Santoro personifies the ill and in the aria
the same role is committed to the baritone voice of Roberto Abbondanza. The
texts of John Keats (1795 - 1821), Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 - 1832) and
Tito Lucrezio Caro (I sec. a.C.) were chosen and adapted by Francesco Antinucci
for the three arias sung by Roberto Abbondanza.
Enhanced CDR, readable on any CD player - for the Audio section - and on any
computer - both PC and Apple - for the Multimedia section. The Multimedia, in
HTML format, is legible with any browser - Internet Explorer, Netscape - and include
all the texts from the opera, an interview with the author and a discography.
The first arias’s lyrics (from Keats’ "Ode on a Grecian Urn") express
concerns about art and the soft and sweet life soon to disappear; in the second
aria (from Goethe’s "Faust"), there is all the anguish for the near
future and the refusal for science, which seems not to be able to defend the
man; in the third aria (from Lucrezio’s "De Rerum Natura"), we see
the last period of the character’s life, with a final acceptance of suffering
and, eventually, death.
Castellano’s music expresses itself in two distinct "voices" (instrumental
and compositive), followed by two different approaches to the text. A personnel
of exceptional musicians performs in a gifted vein: Roberto ABBONDANZA
baritonal voice; Federica SANTORO actress; Paolo FRESU trumpet; Diego CONTI
violin;Fabrizio SPERA percussions; Luca VENITUCCI keyboards, piano, melodica;
Pierluigi CASTELLANO: keyboards, piano, computer orchestration, director and,
special guest, Alvin CURRAN piano, shofar.
In few words, a formidable "opera", in strength and beauty.