Serenade To The Wind
59 min/ Crotia / English, Italian / Music, History
Dox Diorama, The First Cut
In 1937 La Scala Theater in Milan held a contest for a new opera "La Serenata al Vento" (The Serenade to the Wind). The composer of it was the young Aldo Finzi, but since he was Jewish, and racial laws were going to be enacted in a few months, the contest was nullified and the prize never awarded.
From then on, the composer was forced to work anonymously. With the outbreak of World War II, he, along with his family, had to hide to avoid deportation. The years that followed were full of fear and continuous danger. Aldo Finzi passed away prematurely at the end of the war, without having seen his opera staged. However, thanks to his family and friends’ efforts, his music has been performed and recorded during the past few decades. But there was one last composition that nobody has ever heard: “La Serenata al Vento”, the unlucky opera…