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The coast of Lake Maggiore in Verbania has changed shape during the past year and has been enriched by a new building: the long-awaited Teatro Maggiore.

New in the genre, because a proper theatre lacked in Verbania for a long time, and again in the projected form towards the lake, designed to conform to the surrounding environment, as if it was made of four large river stones pushed down to the shores of the lake by the current.
The Maggiore is an architectural ensemble created by Spanish “Archistar” Salvador Arroyo. It’s got a contemporary character, sculptural and highly expressive, and it hosts a theatre for five hundred seats, a smaller room by a hundred and twenty, a immense foyer with a huge 180°-lake-view window. After months of building, it is now ready for the first season, with the awaited Opening night.
Saturday, June 11th at 9pm Italian actors Alessandro Haber, Rocco Papaleo and Sergio Rubini will be directed by the director Giovanni Veronesi for a literally "freewheeling show", that the artistic director Renata Rapetti promises to be unique and unrepeatable. The first evening will be held outdoors (weather allowing), and with a capacity of 1,500 people and an unmatched natural background.
Sunday evening, May 12th, the Italian duo Lillo and Greg will hold the comic show "The best of". Both evenings a "Know the Maggiore" tour will be the centre of an exposition, edited by Lis Lab performing Arts, through installations, lights, dances, will accompany the audience in the "belly" of the architecture of Arroyo to the discovery of the theatre.
Top show of the summer program will be the opera produced directly from Coccia theatre in Novara: Madama Butterfly by Puccini, will present its premiere in Verbania, with director Matteo Beltrami, one of the young most accredited conductor in the Italian scene and directed by Renato Bonajuto. The opera will be staged on 14th and 16th July.
“Regi Corni” will stage on June 16th. The sextet of the Regio theatre of Turin arrives in Verbania thanks to the Piemonte Vivo Foundation. Plans to perform Hendel music, Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner among others. Also from the Regio comes the chorus a cappella "Sun Voices", who will perform on June 24th.
More Opera as the main theme of the events scheduled on 18th and 19th of June. The grand gala operatic, on the 18th made with “Tones on the Stones” festival, will see Katia Ricciarelli as a Guest of Honour and narrator at the show dedicated to Puccini and held by young promises of the opera world scene.
On the 19th an unusual duo, Dario Vergassola and David Rion, will meet in "Marguerite and Violetta: Women on the Verge of a respiratory crisis. A journey through music and literature from Verdi's La Traviata at the Lady of the Camellias by Dumas ".
And then some ballet on stage, on June 25th with the EgriBianco dance company, we’ll have "Beyond water borders" a performance inspired to water.
A little summer film festival too, curated by Leonello Cerri, from Anteo theatre in Milan and the outside of the arena used for concerts of different names of Italian pop music.
The Maggiore Theatre is located in Villa Maioni park at the end of the scenic promenade leading from Pallanza to Intra, and is therefore easily accessible from the Grand Hotel Majestic, either walking on the pedestrian street, by 5 minutes drive, and soon, when the theatre jetty will be ready, you can get there by boat with a scenic and romantic water stroll on the lake.
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Written by:
Grand Hotel Majestic, Editor