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//  la principessa luminosa
// stimmgewandt studio
// coro italia altrove 

// la principessa luminosa

The Light Princess

A choral fairy tale inspired by George MacDonalds

The Light Princess

Music and Lyrics: Laura Marconi

commissioned by Coro G

Performance and mise-en-scène: Coro G

Conductor: Carlo Pavese

La principessa luminosa (The Light Princess) is an opera for a cappella choir, audience and light. Inspired by George MacDonald’s fairy tale The Light Princess, the music tells the story of a Princess who loses her voice and her will to communicate because of a cruel Witch’s spell. Lost in her own darkness, the Princess will meet a Prince, her opposite and complementary alter ego, who will act as a vehicle to the most inner place of her soul.

The audience, located in the scenic environment of the Garden, is part of the hidden interiority of the Princess and cooperates, not only by its presence but also actively, to the search for her lost voice. The choir, almost an emotional mirror of the Princess, sometimes plays the role of the chaotic brutality of the Witch, sometimes that of the refined, though a little clumsy courtiers; at other times it is the consciousness of the Princess herself, who, transfigured into sound landscapes and light games, surrounds the audience with a spiritual, ritual atmosphere.

The traditional roles of fairy tales, such as the Prince, the Princess, and the Witch contribute to stage a deep existential drama, though without lingering in the anguish or sadness within: the ambiguity of emotions finds its space, literally and metaphorically, in the changing facets of music, which constantly juggles very different elements such as a delicate but powerful harmony, the sound noises made by both the choir and the audience, many kinds of improvisation, and an unconventional use of the voice.

The work speaks to an audience of all ages and linguistic backgrounds: there is no need for narration as everything is represented through light and sound. La principessa luminosa can be appreciated at all levels, from the immediate one of fairy tale charm, to the more concealed interpretations, where psychological and literary archetypes, musical quotations, life experiences, childish fears and dreams are weaved together into a peculiar, atypical web.

 

La Principessa Luminosa

Fiaba corale ispirata a The Light Princess di George MacDonald

Testo e musica: Laura Marconi su commissione del Coro G

Esecuzione e messa in scena: Coro G

Direttore: Carlo Pavese

La principessa luminosa è uno spettacolo per coro a cappella, pubblico e luce. Ispirato al racconto The Light Princess di George MacDonald, la fiaba ripercorre le vicende di una principessa che, a causa del maleficio di una strega crudele, perde una parte di se stessa: la voce e la volontà di comunicare. Smarrita nella sua stessa oscurità, la principessa incontrerà un principe, suo alter ego opposto e complementare, che farà da tramite verso un luogo rimasto a lungo sepolto. 

Il pubblico, situato nell’ambiente scenografico del Giardino, è parte stessa dell’interiorità della principessa e collabora, non solo con la sua presenza ma anche attivamente, al cammino per ritrovarne la voce perduta. Il coro, specchio emozionale della principessa, veste talvolta i panni della caotica brutalità della strega, talvolta quelli dei raffinati, ma un po’ goffi, cortigiani; altre volte ancora è la coscienza della principessa, la quale, trasfigurata in pensieri sonori e giochi di luce, avvolge il pubblico in un ambiente magico e rituale.

I personaggi tradizionali della fiaba quali Principe, Principessa e Strega concorrono a mettere in scena un dramma esistenziale profondo, senza però indugiare nell’angoscia o nella tristezza che il dramma porta con sé: l’ambiguità delle emozioni trova il suo spazio, letteralmente e metaforicamente, nelle cangianti sfaccettature della musica, riscoprendo al suo interno la possibilità di un delicato ma potente equilibrio armonico.   

Lo spettacolo parla ad un pubblico di ogni età e di ogni provenienza linguistica: non c’è narrazione, tutto è rappresentato. La principessa luminosa può essere apprezzato a tutti i livelli, da quelli più immediati dell’incanto fiabesco e prodigioso a quelli più nascosti, dove si intrecciano archetipi psicologici e letterari, citazioni musicali, esperienze di vita. 

 

Die helle Prinzessin

Chorisches Märchen

Basiert auf The Light Princess von George MacDonald

Texte und Musik: Laura Marconi im Auftrag von Coro G

Aufführung und Inszenierung: Coro G

Dirigent: Carlo Pavese

La principessa luminosa ist eine Oper für a-cappella Chor, Publikum und Licht.  Von der Kurzgeschichte The Light Princess von George MacDonald inspiriert, zeichnet das Märchen die Geschichte einer Prinzessin nach, die durch den Fluch einer grausamen Hexe einen Teil ihrer selbst verliert: die Stimme und den Willen zur Kommunikation. Verloren in ihrer eigenen Dunkelheit, wird die Prinzessin einen Prinzen treffen, ihr gegensätzliches und komplementäres Alter Ego, das als Vermittler zu einem Ort fungiert, der seit langem begraben ist. 

Das Publikum, das sich im Umfeld des Gartens befindet, ist ein Teil des Inneren der Prinzessin und arbeitet nicht nur mit ihrer Anwesenheit, sondern auch aktiv zusammen, um ihre verlorene Stimme zu finden. Der Chor, ein emotionaler Spiegel der Prinzessin, spielt manchmal die Rolle der Hexe in ihrer chaotischen Brutalität, manchmal die der raffinierten, aber etwas ungeschickten Höflinge; dann wiederum stellt er das Bewusstsein der Prinzessin dar, die, in klangvolle Gedanken und Lichtspiele verwandelt, das Publikum in eine magische und rituelle Umgebung einhüllt. 

Die traditionellen Charaktere des Märchens wie Prinz, Prinzessin und Hexe setzen zusammen ein tiefgreifendes existenzielles Drama in Szene, ohne jedoch in der Angst oder Trauer zu verweilen, die das Drama mit sich bringt: Die Ambiguität der Emotionen findet ihren wörtlichen und metaphorischen Raum in den  schillernden Facetten der Musik und entdeckt darin die Möglichkeit eines zarten, aber kraftvollen harmonischen Gleichgewichts. 

Die Oper spricht ein Publikum jeden Alters und jeden sprachlichen Hintergrunds an: Es gibt keine Erzählung, alles wird sichtbar gemacht.

La principessa luminosa kann auf allen Ebenen geschätzt werden, von den unmittelbarsten der märchenhaften und erstaunlichen Zauberei bis zu den verborgenen, in denen psychologische und literarische Archetypen, musikalische Zitate und Lebenserfahrungen miteinander verflochten sind.

// stimmgewandt studio

Come meet our wonderful singing school in Köln! 

I first met Maria Klier, owner and manager of Stimmgewandt Studio, in December 2019, and shortly after I started working for the school as a piano teacher and choir conductor. Thanks to a great organization and a wonderful atmosphere, the studio is just the right music school for you! You can choose among several options: singing classes, piano classes, choir… or a mix of everything, alternating different courses each week. We also offer a lot of workshops and individual training, look for what suits you the most!

What you need to know

The choir

Choir rehearsals are held in Germanand focus on a diverse repertoire, from classical to pop to gospel. It is open to everyone; you don’t need to have any previous musical knowledge.

The choir meets every Friday from 7 to 8.30 at Stimmgewandt Studio,
Schanzenstraße 3, 51063 Köln.

The piano classes

Piano classes are individual, so if you don’t speak German, I can speak English, French or Italian with you. The program is tailor-made for each student and is based on your personal skills and wishes. It is possible to extend the lessons to musical theory and composition, if you are interested in knowing more about how music works.

If you want to participate in a rehearsal or in a piano trial class, please send an e-mail

// coro italia altrove

Come meet our cheerful Italian choir in Düsseldorf! 

Italia Altrove® is a cultural association whose purpose is to spread the Italian culture through the organization of events such as meetings with authors, concerts and guided tours of museums, as well as workshops, activities for children, meetings with experts, and sports activities. The association also aims to help Italian individuals and families who recently moved to Düsseldorf to better and faster integrate in the city, by providing them with useful information as well as organizing and facilitating opportunities to meet.

I came across Italia Altrove® by participating in some of their cultural events. On such occasion, I casually learned that they wanted to propose some kind of musical activity on Italian repertoire. On June 2nd 2019 we rehearsed for the first time with a small group of people, and right from the start we found ourselves in sync. The choir was born!

We have been collaborating since September 2019: Now we sing every Sunday from 7 to 9pm, flipping through Italian repertoire, both popular and modern, some gospel classics in English, some sparkling African Folksongs. With more than 30 active members, Coro Italia Altrove is a unique reality that attracts people of all ages who share their common love for singing and the Italian culture.

What you need to know

Rehearsals are held in Italian, so you need to have good knowledge of the language

The repertoire is mainly modern and almost entirely Italian

The target are people of all ages, although that doesn’t include children. Our youngest members are teenagers.

No previous musical knowledge is required. This is an amateur choir.

It is possible to watch a rehearsal without any previous payment. Regular participation in the choir, though, involves a registration fee. Italia Altrove is a not-for-profit organization, so they need to ask for a small contribution in order to be able to pay the premises and the conductor. 

The choir meets every Sunday from 7 to 9 pm at Rather Familienzentrum,

Rather Kreuzweg 43, 40472 Düsseldorf

If you want to participate in a rehearsal, please send an e-mail