Founded in Milan in 1949 by Cavaliere Giovanni Treccani degli Alfieri, AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association) was established with the aim of “paving the way for young students with sufficient natural talent for experimental theatre”. Having consolidated itself over the years, AsLiCo promotes numerous ventures and projects aimed at the training of young performers, offering them important opportunities for work and growth. In 2001 AsLiCo established its headquarters at the Teatro Sociale and started managing all the artistic activities of the historic Como opera house. These are funded by various authorities (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Region of Lombardy, Province and Municipality of Como) as well as the local and regional press. Many activities are scheduled during the year, ranging from opera to prose and including dance, musicals and concerts, without forgetting shows for children and families. The opera house has a programme for schools, devised for all levels, which involves approximately 5,000 students and 250 teachers in the city and province of Como.
“Opera Education” is a programme of educational projects and performances devised and aimed at a very young public. “Opera Domani” is a proper opera, with professional singers and orchestra, while “Opera Kids” is a mini version lasting forty minutes, with actor, singer and piano. “Opera it”, on the other hand, accompanies the young audience on a journey through the rich world of melodrama, old and new, and also features multimedia tools and the Internet, while “Orchestra in Gioco”, dedicated to primary and secondary schools, presents symphonic music explained by the conductor, who illustrates its main aspects, involving the audience, before the performance. Another important project dedicated to young people is the competition for young European opera singers, which has been the launch pad for many world-famous performers.
THE TEATRO SOCIALE CHOIR
The Choir, established in 1996, is one of the vaunts of AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association). It is a small choir, almost chamber sized, as required by the first performances for which it was engaged. Nurtured with attention and perseverance, it has grown in size and skill, tackling increasingly difficult operas each new season. Coached by Alfonso Caiani until 2005, and now conducted by Antonio Greco, the Choir regularly participates in the productions of the Lombard Opera Circuit.
1813: A crossroads of stories, parallels and affinities that only the whims of history can create. Napoleon was sensationally defeated at Leipzig, while Rossini’s Tancredi and L’Italiana in Algeri were staged in Venice. Kierkegaard, Verdi and Wagner were born. And, on the shores of Lake Como, the Teatro Sociale was created and raised its curtain. Two hundred years later a new orchestra was founded between Milan and Como, promoted and supported by AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association). It is a versatile permanent orchestra of stringed instruments, with a flexible structure, which participates in AsLiCo’s projects – Opera Domani and Pocket Opera – and also features in a season of concerts dedicated to the great repertory of Baroque and classical chamber music.