Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.
Talk: This talk will focus on the historical anecdotes and myths around Opera that have influenced the development of Italian society. Opera in Italy has been represented for over four centuries. Italy is the birthplace of opera, written music as well as musical instruments. Numerous Italian composers are renowned the world and numerous international composers have been inspired by Italy. Opera is a treasure of culture, beauty and creativity, and a forge of oral and manual knowledge. It has become the main vehicle for disseminating and teaching the Italian language, thus favoring contact between peoples, cultures and even very distant ethnic groups and contributing to the construction of mutual respect and peace. In Italy, the culture sector produces 16% of GDP, over €100 billion per year, and employs 6 out of 100 workers. Policies defend cultural institutions, artists and operators who dedicate their lives to enhance Italian culture in Italy and the world.
Presenter: Dr. Carlo Andrea Malanima was born and raised in Italy, he has been working in the Opera world for over 30 years. As a musician, he has been a member of the orchestras of some of the most important Opera Houses of Italy and Europe. He has also been a General Manager and Artistic director of important Italian Opera Festivals as well an Opera Conductor. In 2011 he collaborated with the VII Culture Committee of Camera dei Deputati of the Italian Parliament and the former Ministry of the Culture H. Massimo Bray to the drafting of new decrees and forms of economical improvement and organization of the Italian Opera Houses. Dr Malanima studied at the Italian Conservatory Viola Performance and The Julliard School of New York as a Fulbright scholarship recipient. He also studied Political Science at University of Pisa. In 2014 he moved to Hawaii following his wife Susan McGinn who is currently the principal flutist of the Hawaii Symphony; they live in Manoa. Both Dr. Malanima and his wife love teaching in their music studio, where they try to inspire young musicians, and playing with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
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