Skip to main content
14/03/13 20:31 CET
‘Just extraordinary’ – Martha Argerich and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra pay homage to Claudio Abbado26/11 19:01
Much more than a concert hall – insights from the Chairman of Philharmonie de Paris26/11 19:00
Forgotten gems from Wexford Opera Festival12/11 19:01
The Wexford Opera Festival12/11 19:00
Hitchcock’s ‘Notorious’ becomes opera in Sweden29/10 19:01
“The rise and fall of Ingrid Bergman. And rise” – an exhibition29/10 19:00
Desdemona a victim? Never!14/10 19:01
Mutual respect makes sweet music14/10 19:00
Florez lights up the stage in Orphée et Eurydice at Covent Garden01/10 19:02
Juan Diego Flórez: conveying Orphée’s pain with style01/10 19:01
Hofesh Shechter: simply dancing01/10 19:00
William Christie’s ‘Musical Gardens’17/09 19:01
In the gardens of William Christie17/09 19:00
Glyndebourne 2015: Danni de Niese revels in Ravel03/09 19:01
Laurent Pelly’s love of British eccentricity at Glyndebourne03/09 19:00
Kaufmann’s dark take on Beethoven at Salzburg Festival20/08 18:01
Jonas Kaufmann’s passion for the unique Salzburg Festival20/08 18:00
Operalia: striking the right note in Covent Garden06/08 18:51
Peter Katona: what makes Operalia unique06/08 18:50
Dudamel’s gift of Beethoven to brotherly Bogota21/07 15:25
It’s the essential rendez-vous for music lovers on Italian public radio: La Barcaccia, a satirical show on the world of opera.
Both cult and cultivated, loved and loathed, it boasts a record 5,000 editions and is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Millions of listeners from all over the world tune in to this daily event.
Enrico Stinchelli is a stage director and one of the programme’s veteran presenters.
“La Barcaccia is quite a unique radio instrument,” he says. “Our aim is to try and show that you can not only listen to opera but also play with it, and present it like something which is not stiff or stuffy. It’s is also a very serious game, so we try to combine fun and seriousness.”
A recent special edition marking the bicentenaries of Verdi and Wagner – “Verdi versus Wagner” – featured two opera stage directors and the famous Verdi soprano Katia Ricciarelli.
Fun and the love of music spiced up the show, which also touched on more general issues such as: ‘how topical is opera today?’
Michele Suozzo is a musicologist and one of the shows presenters:
“I’m Enrico (Stinchelli)‘s playmate. Sometimes I’m ‘the professor’, although he is one too. He’s more of an expert in voice and singing, I’m more knowledgeable on other matters.”
“The French writer Stendhal, when referring to the finale of “L’Italiana in Algeri” by Rossini, talked of ‘perfect organized madness’. Well, La Bacaccia is a bit like that,” says Enrico.
Apart from the obvious music and singing, the show is punctuated with games, quizzes and debates.
Giving a chance to young up-and-coming singers is also one of its priorities.
Enrico Stinchello sums it up perfectly:
“We try to show that everything in the world is opera. Just think of the Italian parliament, it’s an amazing stage, with real opera characters: thieves, swindlers, liars… Italy is opera!,” he exclaims with a smile.
For more excerpts of our interview with radio presenter Enrico Stinchelli (in Italian) please click on the following link:
Copyright © 2015 euronews