Leo Nucci cycle “Music vein” CNDM

Leo Nucci

On Wednesday 29 of April, he National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) in collaboration with the association “Vena music” and Hospital 12 October, presents, within the concert series this season is organizing in 4 Madrid hospitals, to the mythical baritone Leo Nucci with soprano María José Moreno and pianist Paolo Marcarini. The recital continues with the spirit of this initiative: bring the best music of all times with the most important international interpreters to patients, family members and health personnel of each center.

Vena music

In season 14/15, the CNDM (National Dissemination Center Musical) has incorporated the Cycle of Concerts in Hospitals in Madrid into its programming, in co-production with the non-profit association Música en Vena (MeV). Since two years ago, MeV fills the city's hospitals with music in order to improve hospital stays for patients, family members and health personnel, also trying to generate a new circuit of spaces for music and musicians. Thanks to your collaboration and joint efforts, this cycle, which is having an excellent response, brings top-notch performers to those who cannot attend a conventional concert. Through twelve recitals with various formations —from the soloist to the orchestral ensemble—, internationally renowned artists are performing in four Madrid hospitals (San Carlos Clinic, Gregorio Maranon, 12 October and Iron Gate) Changing, altruistically, their usual settings for auditoriums and dialysis and chemotherapy rooms. The public, different from the one that usually occupies an auditorium seat, also shows a singular receptivity: the nearby musical experience, without ceasing to be an aesthetic pleasure, becomes an emotional balm without side effects.

Nucci: a legendary baritone

After the success of the two previous concerts in the Auditorium of this hospital, with the prestigious German pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias (who signed a baroque recital with works by Bach, Scarlatti and Antonio Soler) e Iris Azquinezer, young but already an important national cello figure, who performed his own works together with pieces by Bach and Cassadó, this Wednesday the legendary baritone Leo Nucci will arrive, accompanied by the soprano María José Moreno and the pianist Paolo Marcarini to sing some of the most famous arias and duets of one of the operatic titles that, definitely, they have given him greater joys: Rigoletto de Verdi, of which has been interpreted for more than 500 performances in all the great opera houses of the world. Nucci thus returns to the CNDM season after collecting glory at the Teatro de la Zarzuela within the XX Lied Cycle last season 13/14, with 45 minutes of tips and the public ecstatic and on their feet, on a date that in addition to being supportive is presented as another great musical milestone.

Leo Nucci ((Castiglione dei Pepoli, Bologna, 1942) was first presented to the public in 1967 at the Teatro Sperimentale (Adriano Belli) de Spoleto as Figaro en The Barber of Seville de Rossini. He studied with Mario Bigazzi, completing his studies in Bologna with Giuseppe Marchesi. From 1977 sings the famous Rossinian title at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Don Carlo has recorded for this same theater, two editions of Aida, The Barber of Seville, Simon Boccanegra, The Troubadour, Otello, Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, with directors like Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel y Sir Georg Solti, among others. His close relationship with this mecca of the opera was recorded in 2007 with a historical concert on the occasion of the thirty-year career at the Teatro alla Scala: Leo Nucci: Thirty Scala. Their regular performances at Covent Garden in London, the Vienna Staatsoper (where he has sung about three hundred performances and has made multiple recordings, receiving the distinction as “Kammersänger” Y “honorary Member”), and in the Metropolitan of New York they began at the end of the years 70. In 1977 sang for the first time in the Arena of Verona, where he has been participating regularly for more than thirty years. His interpretations of Rigoletto should be highlighted as, probably, the only baritone who has sung this Verdi role in all the most important theaters in the world, with more than five hundred official performances (the number 500, he performed it a year ago at the Vienna Staatsoper directed by Jesús López Cobos). Nucci has recorded under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Patane, Nello Santi, Bruno Bartoletti and Daniel Oren, among others, sharing the stage with the singers millin world of opera. Recently published a book dedicated to him: Leo Nucci, a baritone by chance, de Achille Mascheroni (Parma, Azzali Publisher). His next projects include performances of Rigoletto on tour in Japan with the production of the Teatro alla Scala, as well as other performances in Verona, Bilbao, Vienna and Liège, and new performances in Simon Boccanegra and Il trovatore at the Teatro alla Scala and in La traviata at the Munich Opera, the Liceo Theater of Barcelona and the Royal Theater of Madrid, appointment that has brought you to Madrid on this occasion.