The concert commemorates 70 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of Instagram/Italian Cultural Institute)

See the Late Luciano Pavarotti in Concert With Anggun in Jakarta This Saturday


NOVEMBER 05, 2019

Jakarta. Indonesian-born French singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi and members of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation will perform in a special concert in Jakarta on Saturday.

The Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta have organized a series of events this year to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the European country and Indonesia.

"This is the final event we are holding in 2019 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of relations between Indonesia and Italy," Italian Ambassador Vittorio Sandalli said on Tuesday.

He said the concert would introduce Indonesians to contemporary classical music that combines the works of one of Italy's greatest singers with that of world-class Indonesian singer Anggun.

"This performance is one of the efforts to uphold the memory of Luciano Pavarotti. The mission of the foundation is to introduce his work to the world," Sandalli said.

The concert will present Pavarotti's musical style, which mixes modern and pop music with classical opera music, such as Queen's "Barcelona" and U2's "Miss Sarajevo."

"The Pavarotti Foundation will perform classical pieces in a contemporary style. They will play, among many, the late maestro's beloved 'La Traviata' by Giuseppe Verdi, and 'La Boheme' by Giacomo Puccini," said Maria Battaglia, director of the Italian Cultural Institute.

The concert will also introduce Italian folk songs, such as "Voglio Vivere Così" ("I Want to Live Like That"), "Mamma" ("Mother"), "Mattinata" ("Morning") and "Torna a Surriento" ("Come Back to Sorrento").

Eunice Tong Holden, conductor of the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra, will lead tenors Lorenzo Licitra, Giuseppe Michelangelo Infantino and Matteo Desole and soprano Giulia Mazzola in concert. Paolo Andreoli, a long-time friend of Pavarotti, will play the piano. Anggun will perform a virtual duet with the late maestro, who passed away in September 2007.

"We won't ruin the surprise; see for yourself how [the virtual duet] will be," the ambassador said.

Alwi Sjaff, a representative of Aula Simfonia Jakarta, said the concert would be one of the greatest collaborations ever.

"This is a chance for everybody to see Pavarotti in Jakarta and this would be a great performance. Aula Simfonia Jakarta is honored to host this great collaboration," Alwi said.

The late maestro's wife, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, who serves as president of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, will also attend the event.

Grab your seat on the Aula Simfonia Jakarta website now.