While visiting the very beautiful Oratorio di Santa Zita (Cita), I heard some wonderful operatic music coming from somewhere. At first, I thought it was someone playing opera at high-volume. I followed the sound down to the salon, located at street level of the Oratorio. There I found a tenor opera singer, accompanied by a pianist, singing his heart out. I entered the salon and took a seat. A few minutes later, a young woman approached me. She told me that the duo was practicing for a concert that night. The music was wonderful, so I told her I would return. It turns out that the program is called Palermo Salotto Musicale, concertIncontri (Concerts and Get-togethers), an organization dedicated to promoting young musicians. That evening's concert, which consisted of a series of famous arias taken from a dozen lyric operas, among them Cavelleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tosca and Carmen, was thrilling. The singing of young tenor Alessandro Moccia, accompanied by the talented young pianist Paolo Gurrera, was magical, and the price, a mere €5, was a gift. The autumn series runs eekly through December 15. Not to be missed if you are in Palermo. So nice to see these old spaces come alive again!
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