Fondazione Cantiere
Internazionale d'Arte
di Montepulciano

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The “Giulio Neri”  International Singing Competition will take place in Torrita di Siena from March 28 to 30, 2014. The competition is well recognized in Italy due to its picturesque location in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and to the professional organization of the event.

 The competition will be held for the eighth edition  at the Teatro degli Oscuri, piazza Matteotti, is organized by the Comune di Torrita di Siena and the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, with Eleonora Leonini as Artistic Director.


A very eminent board will evaluate the competitors: 5 jury members representing 5 different musical areas. The jury’s president will be the great conductor M° Roland Böer, who’s also the music director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte. Others names stand out in the jury: Guido Barbieri, musicologist, music critic for the national newspaper “La Repubblica” and Riccardo Zanellato, the famous bass. Angelo Gabrielli is one of the most active opera manager, and Nemi Bertagni is a Professor at the Conservatorio A. Boito, Parma.


Six prizes will be assigned, making a total of 4.700 Euros.

First prize > € 2.000,00

Second prize >  € 1.000,00

Third prize  >  €   500,00

Prize "Giulio Neri" > ­­€    500,00
offered by Comune di Torrita di Siena to the best Bass in memory of G. Neri

Young talents prize >  € 300,00
offered by Amedeo Monfardini to the young singers born from January1st  1989.

Not to forget the Audience Prize: during the Final, on Sunday, March 30, 4pm, the most appreciated competitor will be rewarded with a 400 Euros prize.  Experts, and beginners as well, will express their preference and reward the best singer.
For the audience the entrance is free throughout the Competition.

(For the last day it is possible to make a reservation by calling the Fondazione Cantiere: tel 0578 757007 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Several opera arias will be executed, linked to various eras and signed by different composers. The singers will come from all over the world. The competition is dedicated to Giulio Neri, a bass from Torrita di Siena that after winning an award at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino became a worldwide renown singer and performed in numerous famous theatres like the Metropolitan in New York and the Covent Garden in London.

As in the previous years we will witness to the partnership between the Municipality of Torrita di Siena and the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepanoulciano, which resulted also in the organization of beautiful concerts during the Cantere Internazionale d’Arte.



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The founder of the Cantiere was awarded from Florence University.
Among the reasons was also the spread of music education in Montepulciano.
The composer created a fruitful encounter between Italy and Germany.

The Univeristy of Florence conferred the honarary degree in Musicology and Musical Heritage to Hans Werner Henze - creator of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano . The ceremony took place at Battilani hall on Friday 4 October 2013 : The award had actually already been given in October 2012, but the German composer, who died a few days later, could not come to receive the award. A year after the artist's death, the diploma was handed over to Michael Kerstan, heir of Henze, during an event which was strongly supported by a group of German and musicology teachers, who had the
initiative in the first place.

henze rivistoThe degree was conferred to Henze "in recognition of his distinguished career as an international musician; for his contribution to innovation of the modern language; for his lesson to spread music teaching between young people, with universally recognized results, for the civil commitment which was a big part of his life and both as
an artist and as a human being."

Hans Werner Henze achieved the highest recognitions for his extraordinary artistic works, from symphonies, music for theatre, ballet and soundtracks. His figure has emerged throughout the late 20th century because of the amplitude and continuity of his artistic work, his will towards research and experimentation, as well as his intellectual and moral commitment. Henze played an important role in high cultural mediation between Italy and Germany, starting in 1953 when he left his country and moved into ours. In 1976 , at the peak of his artistic maturity, Henze founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano for production and knowledge of contemporary music, creating in the Tuscan town one of the most fruitful and central meeting point between Italy and Germany , both in the music and literature.

The Closing Concert is the most anticipated and popular event of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte. The magical stage in Piazza Grande, 150 musicians together, a conductor among the most popular in Europe: this is all happening in Montepulciano Sunday, July 28, at 9:30pm. A monumental concert, led by Roland Böer. The orchestra comes from a prestigious British institution, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. But there will also be choral groups of the territory: the Corale Poliziana directed by Judi Diodato, the Corale Arcadelt Chiusi directed by Barbara Valdambrini and Corale Verdi Arcidosso directed by Massimo Muratori.
Among the singers internationally known we will see the most famous are the French soprano Sylvie Valayre and the baritone Ralf Lukas. A sumptuous project  that combines international stars and local talent, in the most genuine spirit of the Cantiere: without receiving a fee, but only in exchange of hospitality. This artistic residency is, above all, a human and social comparison.


                                                                                     Hans Werner Henze

For the first time in Italy, the work The three water games / Drei Wasserspiele written by the composer Detlev Glanert  from Hamburg,  will be performed at the Teatro Poliziano on Friday July 26 at 9:30pm (repeated Saturday, July 27 at 21.30).

The director is Guido J. Rumstadt and the singer and the musicians are from the Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg.

The trilogy, created by the former and appreciated artistic director of the Cantiere, consists of three pieces conceived in different moments. The title eloquently illustrates the relationship with the underlying  theme of this 38th Cantiere: the pivotal element is water, which traditionally carries a variety of symbolic meanings, including purification and rebirth but also threat and death. The three episodes take place near water: the first in the Mediterranean sea, where the boundaries between life and death are blurred, the second on the edge of the Bethesda pool which promises healing from disease, and the last on a derelict ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The text and the music, but also sets and costumes by Kerstin Narr and all the dramaturgical choices made by Matthias Heilmann, evoke extreme situations of human existence, such as death, illness or hazard: a series of dichotomies between the real and the unreal, between men, angels, gods and mythical creatures.

Drei Wasserspiele is an international production Stadttheater Fürth and Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg in collaboration with the Accademia Europea di Musica e Arte Palazzo Ricci e Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, and under the patronage of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rome and the Hochschule für Musik in Köln.


Ticket 20 Euro

The exhibition, “Giorgio de Chirico - Portraiture: Figure and Form” curated by Katherine Robinson, presents 68 works from the Collection of Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome, in Montepulciano’s Poliziana Fortress. Dedicated to the extraordinary inventor of Metaphysical Painting, the exhibition adds to the series of summer exhibitions that began in 2011 with the Macchiaioli Collection and continued last year with “The Dragon and the Butterfly: Images from China in Montepulciano”.


The Estate Poliziano summer program will thus present a unique artistic event that offers the Italian and international public an occasion to explore the classical theme of portraiture and self-portraiture through the variegated forms created by the great Italian Master Giorgio de Chirico. The 68 works on show include 44 paintings, 7 sculptures and 17 works on paper, encompassing fifty years of the artist’s career (1925-1976). An area will be dedicated to the projection of a historical documentary on the artist. Among the most significant works on show, the section regarding classical portraiture presents important paintings such as Naked Self-portrait and Bathers (with Red Drape in the Countryside), both of 1945, Self-portrait in the Park (1959) and Portrait of Isa in Pink and Black Dress (1934). Whilst de Chirico’s most famous subjects are found in the Neometaphysical section: the Mannequin, represented by Hector and Andromache (1970), the renowned Italian Piazza theme, with Italian Piazza with Statue of Cavour (1974) and the Archaeologists, portrayed in The Thinker (1973) and the captivating Meditator (1971).


The exhibition is organised by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte and Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, with the support of the Municipality of Montepulciano, the Province of Siena and the local Rotary Club.

The 38th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte which is scheduled from 19 to 28 July 2013 in Montepulciano and the Valdichiana surroundings, has been presented in Rome.

Artistic director Vincent Monteil and music director Roland Böer explained the events programmed for the festival which is inspired to water, to the press and officials.

Opera, music, theatre, performance, visual art events are integrated with a special tribute to the founder of the Cantiere, Hans Werner Henze, who passed away last autumn: there are a total of 40 shows all in most suggestive settings. The international prestige of the festival is enriched by the recognition of the European Union which has awarded the Cantiere, the only Italian project financed in the culture festival program. Representatives of the Ministry of Culture and the German Embassy in Rome were also present, which testifies to the prestige of the poliziana event.

Presented in Florence, the 38th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, is programmed in Montepulciano and in the Valdichiana surroundings from the 19 to the 28 July 2013. During a conference in Palazzo Strozzi, in the press rooms of Regione Toscana, artistic director Vincent Monteil and music director Roland Böer explained the events programmed in the new edition of this musical and artistic event, inspired this year by water. Among the many events of opera, music, theater, performance and visual art the commemoration to the founder of the Cantiere Hans Werner Henze, who passed away last autumn, is notable.

The mayor of Montepulciano Andrea Rossi and the president of the Fondazione Cantiere Sonia Mazzini also took part in the press conference, where the regional representative in charge of culture, Cristina Scaletti, spoke of the strongly innovative component of the festival and its capacity to create opportunities for Maestri and young talent to work together, while the regional representative Rosanna Pugnalini noted that the longstanding tradition of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte is a living symbol of the gamble that Montepulciano and its territory took in the '70s that has certainly paid off as confirmed by European recognition of its value.  


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