Introduction to the opera Il Matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa

Tuesday 23 May 2023, 06:30 p.m.

Introduction to Opera
The Secret Marriage
by Domenico Cimarosa

with Fabio Sartorelli, populariser and musicologist 

Lecture with anecdotes, projections and listening guides

The popularizer Fabio Sartorelli accompanies the audience to discover the world of opera. Like every summer, in fact, Ticino Musica brings an opera interpreted by young talents to various venues in the canton, and this will be an opportunity to discover its secrets.

Ticino Musica's Opera Studio, the flagship of the Festival for the past 17 years, is an opera workshop that each year gives life to an opera buffa created in Ticino in every detail. Many singers have passed through this lively opera workshop and are today the protagonists of brilliant careers.



18:30 Aperitif

19:00 Fabio Sartorelli presents the opera on the programme with anecdotes, projections, performances...

To follow, for those who wish: DINNER with Risotto in B minor (pears, gorgonzola and walnuts) for 20 Fr. (drinks not included). Reservations are required, by 18 May, by sending an email to

Fabio Sartorelli teaches History of Music at the Conservatorio 'G. Verdi' in Milan and 'Opera and Ballet Listening Guide' at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.  He has held and regularly holds courses and lectures for the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in collaboration with Bocconi University in Milan and the Piccolo Teatro, and for Ca' Foscari University in Venice.  He has been and still is invited to speak on opera and ballet by major Italian and foreign institutions: Petruzzelli Foundation in Bari, La Scala Theatre in Milan, National Opera Theatre in Bucharest, Arena Foundation in Verona, Milan for La Scala (at Palazzo Clerici and at the Circolo Filologico in Milan), Bracco Foundation (in the little theatre of Palazzo Visconti), Museo del Novecento, Mantua Chamber Music Festival, Auditorium Toscanini in Parma, University of Padua, Sferisterio Theatre in Macerata, Bocconi University, Sagra Musicale Malatestiana and Galli Theatre in Rimini, etc.   

For the first ten years of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala he edited the texts of a commemorative volume published by Mondadori and, between 2012 and 2013, two catalogues dedicated respectively to the costumes of Puccini's and Verdi's operas for the Fondazione Bracco in Milan. In December 2014, the book "Giorgio Strehler, un uomo per Milano, un teatro per l'Europa" was published with contributions by him, Alberto Bentoglio and Maurizio Porro, film critic for Corriere della Sera. Since February 2016, he has regularly held talks at the Museo teatrale alla Scala as part of the initiative entitled "Che spettacolo di museo", concerning the works on the bill at the theatre itself, with the participation of young actors from the Piccolo Teatro di Milano.   

For twenty years, he has been the artistic director of an important concert season, which takes place between autumn and spring in Varese at the Salone Estense and the Basilica of San Vittore ( He is vice-president of the 'Giuseppe Verdi' Symphony Orchestra in Milan.

Fabio Sartorelli studied composition and graduated in piano at the Milan Conservatory. He graduated with honours in musicology from the University of Bologna. 


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  • Date
  • Tuesday 23 May 2023
  • Time
  • 06:30 p.m.
  • Place
  • Curio, Salone Piazza Grande
  • Entry
  • Free entrance