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Thanks to the professionalism and sensitivity of artists from all over the world, today, Solomeo is a lively cultural venue, sharing with its audience a narrative that spans a variety of languages and content.

Over the years, the poetic setting of the castle walls has welcomed actors, musicians, composers and dancers, inspiring them to fully express themselves and indulge in their art.

Together with these personalities, through their work and their talent, the hamlet of Solomeo continues to cultivate and expand its ideal of a shared beauty.

John Malkovich

actor

With his ambiguous charm perfect for villain roles, John Malkovich is an eclectic and refined artist who today boasts 25 awards and 26 nominations. Actor, director, film and theatre producer as well as fashion designer, Malkovich is an acting giant to whom a film was also dedicated in 1999: ‘Being John Malkovich‘ directed by Spike Jonze, which bears witness to Malkovich’s strong influence on the world and image of cinema.

ON STAGE AT SOLOMEO WITH

The Music Critic

The Music Critic

May 19, 2018 - Cucinelli Theatre

The Music Critic is an irreverent show dedicated to music criticism. On the stage of the Cucinelli Theatre, John Malkovich plays a sardonic and ruthless critic, a fountain of fierce invective that spares no one. Brahms is a “talentless bastard”, Debussy “simply ugly” while Schuman “thinks he is a composer” these are just some of his caustic comments on the upper echelon of music. The narration has a pressing and lively rhythm that mixes music and theatre. The brilliant interpretation of Malkovich is flanked by the ensemble composed of Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-ki Joo, Corinne Chapelle, James Boyd and Thomas Carroll who responds to his criticisms with executions of pristine virtuosity. Thus we witness an exhilarating spectacle that amuses, displaces and invites us to reflect.

Stefan Milenkovich

VIOLINIST

Born in Belgrade, Stefan Milenkovich began studying the violin at the age of three, immediately showing a rare talent that led him to perform as a soloist for the first time at the age of six, thus initiating a career marked by concerts all over the world and international acclaim. Today Milenkovich plays as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras around the world, alternating his bow with the conductor’s baton. Among other things, his discography includes all the compositions for solo violin by Bach and Paganini.

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Mendelssohn: Concerto op.64

Mendelssohn: Concerto op.64

December 2nd, 2018 - Cucinelli Theatre

The Concerto op.64, the first great romantic concert in history and gem of violin literature, shines even more intensely in this reinterpretation offered by Milenkovich, who in his performance exalts some unmistakable aspects such as the passionate impetus, the lyrical purity and the youthful exultation of the compositional rhythms. In addition to Mendelssohn’s work, the Serbian artist flanked by the Perugia Chamber Orchestra has crafted a suggestive interpretation of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony op.60 in B flat major.

Stefano Bollani

COMPOSER

Multifaceted and brilliant, Stefano Bollani is a musician, a composer, a jazz and classical pianist, but also a showman, a conductor and an author of radio broadcasts and successful editorial works. With a sparkling repertoire that draws on the past, but above all explores the present through exemplary improvisations alongside great artists such as mentor Enrico Rava, Richard Galliano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Chick Corea, Hamilton de Holanda; Bollani is today considered a passionate and original artist whose talent, verve and witty irony are appreciated by the public.

ON STAGE AT SOLOMEO WITH

Piano Solo

Piano Solo

July, 2017 - Villa Solomei Festival, Amphitheater

Much more than a Solo Piano concert, Stefano Bollani’s guest performance at the 2017 Villa Solomei Festival was an extraordinary performance that earned the artist a triple standing ovation. An exemplary master of the most authentic and virtuous flair for improvisation, Bollani amazed and exalted the audience of the Amphitheatre with a magical and talented mixture of technique and provocation, irony and sensitivity, passing from Bach to the Beatles, from Stravinsky to the persuasive Carioca rhythms, with forays into the world of pop and Italian music of the 1940s. Unrestrained by a set lineup or rigid event program, all that remained for the audience was to be led at breakneck speed in a flow of musical consciousness where laughter and emotion dance in interlocked unison.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio

Actor

One of the greatest Italian actors, Fabrizio Bentivoglio boasts a long artistic career which confirms his place as an important figure in theatre as well as TV and the big screen. His first appearances include roles directed by Gabriele Salvatores who chose him for “Marrakech Express” (1988) and “Turnè” (1990). In 1993, he won the Coppa Volpi for his role in Silvio Soldini’s “A Soul Split in Two”. He was twice awarded the David di Donatello prize: as best actor for “An Eyewitness Account” by Pasquale Pozzessere in 1997 and in 1999, as best supporting actor in “Of Lost Love” by Michele Placido.

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'L'ora di ricevimento' (The parent-teacher meeting)

'L'ora di ricevimento' (The parent-teacher meeting)

September 29, 2016 - Cucinelli Theatre

On September 29, 2016, ‘L’ora di ricevimento’ had its national premiere at the Cucinelli Theatre. Written by Stefano Massini for the Compagnia dei Giovani of the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria, it is directed by Michele Placido and interpreted by Fabrizio Bentivoglio. In the role of the cynical and melancholic professor Ardèche, together with the ‘Compagnia dei Giovani’ of the ‘Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria’, Bentivoglio renders a touching and honest interpretation. Professor Ardèche, passionate about Rabelais and Voltaire, confronts the raw and ruthless climate of the Les Izards banlieue, on the outskirts of Toulouse. The challenge of leading the whole class to the completion of the school year is all played out in the weekly parent-teacher meetings which see the teacher on the front line in a direct confrontation with the students’ families and relatives. It is at these meetings that precise complex narratives that render the gap between the reality of school life and the cultural context of the children’s backgrounds take place, delicately outlining the contradictions of a diversified society about which we all still have much to learn.

Toni Servillo

Actor

With 4 silver ribbons for his career among his accolades, Toni Servillo is one of the greatest actors on the national scene. He has delighted the public with a portfolio of unforgettable characters: from ‘Divo Giulio Andreotti’ to ‘Berlusconi di Loro’, from ‘Titta Di Girolamo’ in ‘Le conseguenze dell’amore’ (The Consequences of Love) to ‘Jep Gambardella’ in ‘La grande bellezza’ (The great beauty). His versatility is also successfully expressed in the theatre where he passes from scenic innovation to Eduardo De Filippo and to Molière. In 1987, together with Mario Martone and Antonio Neiwiller, he founded the ‘Teatri Uniti’ in Naples, a permanent workshop for the production and study of contemporary stage art.

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Toni Servillo reads Naples

Toni Servillo reads Naples

March 13 and 14, 2016 - Cucinelli Theatre

What Toni Servillo staged at the Cucinelli Theatre on 13 and 14 March 2016 was a passionate tribute to Neapolitan culture. Toni Servillo evokes Naples through the words of poets and writers who know the flesh and the heart of this city. On the stage, Servillo reveals himself as an extraordinary chameleon, capable of taking on the semblance of each of the colorful Neapolitan “frames” proposed, modifying from time to time, voice, rhythm and atmosphere. The masterful acting and magnetic narration transport the audience to the heart of Naples, a city-kaleidoscope, grotesque and irresistible, tender and cruel, primitive yet refined. A journey of words that incarnate body and expression where Servillo expresses all his storytelling talent.

Ottavia Piccolo

ACTRESS

A refined and elegant actress, Ottavia Piccolo made her acting debut at the age of 11 in the role of the blind and deaf-mute girl in “Anna dei miracoli” (Anna of the Miracles) directed by Luigi Squarzina. Her most important early interpretations include Dostoevskij’s “White Nights” and Luchino Visconti’s “Il Gattopardo” (1963). In her theatrical performances, she acted under the guidance of masters such as Giorgio Strehler in “Le baruffe chiozzotte” (Brawling in Chioggia) and King Lear as well as Luca Ronconi in the memorable ‘Orlando Furioso’ subsequently adapted as a film in 1974. Since then, Piccolo has pursued a highly successful career in theatre, film and television.

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Enigma. Nothing ever has just one meaning

Enigma. Nothing ever has just one meaning

October 12, 2015 - Cucinelli Theatre

The play staged at the Cucinelli Theatre, directed by Stefano Massini and interpreted by Ottavia Piccolo together with Silvano Picardi, resembles a game of chess. A compelling and calculated game, move after move. A game that is played in East Berlin in 2009, twenty years after the fall of the wall, when it is now clear that the lives, experiences and hopes, first divided and then reunited, have met and clashed, shattering certainties and ideals. Hilder, the house-owner played by Silvano Picardi and Ingrid, the injured woman assisted by Hilder played by Piccolo, invite the audience to decipher a complex interwoven plot in which personal and collective history are indestructible. In a crescendo of psychological thriller suspense, the actors become pawns in a strategy game that engages the audience that remains with bated breath.

Carolyn Carlson

CHOREOGRAPHER

Carolyn Carlson is one of the most representative figures of French contemporary dance. Her work has influenced generations of performers and creative artists. An extraordinarily talented dancer and choreographer, she was the director of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, the Finnish National Ballet and the Helsinki Theatre. She has worked in prestigious companies such as the Nederland Dans theatre 3 and the Bordeaux and the Paris Ballet de l’Opéra. In 2006, she was awarded the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale. She is the author of over 100 choreographies, of which many are cornerstones of dance history such as Density 21.5, The Year of the horse, Blue Lady a Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on water and Inanna.

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Soirée Carlson

Soirée Carlson

April 15, 2015 - Cucinelli Theatre

La Soirée Carlson is a multifaceted show presented on 15 April 2015. It pays homage to an iconic leading figure of contemporary French dance. The evening is structured as an open dialogue between 5 dancers, protagonists of the national and international contemporary scene and trained at the Dance Gallery in Perugia, which for years has cultivated a privileged bond with Carlson. Around the charisma of this figure, a creative and formative inspiration for many dancers, the young generation weaves an articulated dynamic display to honor the path she has opened. For the spectators, a moment of genuine emotion arrives when Carlson herself, representing the Carolyn Carlson Company, proposes “Immersion”, a fragment of “Eau”. A creation from 2007, which well describes the liquid mobility of Carlson’s movement, her poetic visionary ability to weld the rigor of form to the energy of improvisation.

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