A musical journey that celebrates the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães Circuit Navigation, a grand opera by Giuseppe Verdi and the traditional Christmas Circus are among the highlights of the cultural rentrée of the Porto Ageas Coliseum. Until December, the Main Room will host about 30 shows, including concerts, conversations, ballets, opera and even a children’s musical, which will add up to 40 circus sessions.
One of the highlights of this theater’s own program is Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino”, which marks the return of the grand opera to the Porto Ageas Coliseum. This co-production with the São Carlos National Theater (TNSC) takes place on October 26 at 8 pm, with soprano Julianna Di Giacomo and tenor Kristian Benedikt taking on the Leonora / Alvaro pair, in a story where intense personal dramas unfold. with war as a background.
Directing “La Forza del Destino, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most ambitious compositions, will be Italian conductor Antonio Pirolli. With staging by David Pountney and set design by Raimund Bauer, the richness of the sets and costumes, and of course the strength of the music, which counts on the performance of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and the São Carlos National Theater Choir.
In September there will be no shortage of the opening performance of the art school in residence at the Colosseum – the Balleteatro -, and concerts by Maria Bethânia and Yann Tiersen. On the last Saturday of September 28th, the Colosseum organized a musical trip in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the first round the world, started by Fernão de Magalhães precisely in September 1519. The “Circum-navigations” concert, with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, has as its ultimate destination the American Continent. Not the one that Fernão de Magalhães saw in the 16th century, but the New York of 1892, where the composer Antonín Dvořák emigrated, and whose journey inspired him to create the “New World Symphony”. A hymn to the discovery of new worlds and cultures. The Orchestra will also visit the genius of Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, with the famous work “Concerto de Aranjuez” and “Palillos y panderetas”. On the guitar will be the Porto soloist João Diogo Leitão, winner of the Young Musicians Award.
In December, the tradition is that the great chapitô of the city of Porto ride the track and receive some of the best circus performers currently on tour. A true feast of talent, surprise, and fantasy, the Christmas Circus has been going on uninterrupted since the doors of this historic room opened in 1941. Completely scheduled by the Porto Ageas Coliseum, the grand premiere takes place on December 13 and until January 1. There will be close to 40 sessions for the general public, schools, and businesses that choose to have their Christmas party at the Colosseum. The program will be announced soon with various news and tickets offered for sale.
A fundamental component of the Colosseum are the shows of the various cultural and entertainment producers, which make it the hall for all audiences. Until December are announced concerts by names like Nick Murphy (former Chet Faker), Djavan, Pedro Abrunhosa, Toquinho, Ney Matogrosso, The Olives, Sam The Kid and the farewell concert of the stage of the singer Carlos do Carmo, among many others.
The children’s musical Madagascar, the supportive humor event “Laughing Help” organized by the Gil Foundation, the concert version of “The Phantom of the Opera” and the ballets “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” are other examples of the versatility of the largest theater in the Northern Region.