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YouTube Streaming Performances
Ballet Arizona is proud to be partnering with The Phoenix Symphony to bring you the magic of Napoli*, an uplifting and festive ballet featuring the musical accompaniment of The Phoenix Symphony orchestra! Join us Sunday, July 12, beginning at 9am, and be transported to beautiful Italy as our musicians and Ballet Arizona dancers join together to present Act I of Napoli. The story continues as we bring you Act II on Sunday, July 19, and then mark your calendars for the stunning Act III finale on July 26.
These performances will be available exclusively on The Phoenix Symphony YouTube page. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the action!
Sunday, July 12, 2020 | Napoli Act I | The Phoenix Symphony YouTube Page
The story begins with a bustling wharf in Naples swarming with people. The widow Veronica enters with her beautiful daughter Teresina, who is courted by two older but rich men named Peppo and Giacomo. Teresina, however, wants neither of them, and waits with longing for the young fisherman, Gennaro. When Gennaro returns from sea, he and Teresina go to find Veronica and try to convince her that they should wed. Luckily for them, this task proves relatively easy once she sees how true the young couple’s love is. Gennaro and Teresina set out on a moonlight sail on the Gulf. Suddenly a violent storm breaks out and the festivities come to an end. Gennaro is brought to land unconscious. Everyone thinks Teresina has drowned and Veronica curses the young fisherman. He is comforted by Fra Ambrosio, the local monk who gives him a picture of the Virgin Mary and sends him out to sea again in search for Teresina.
Sunday, July 19, 2020 | Napoli Act II | The Phoenix Symphony YouTube Page
The second act takes place in the Blue Grotto, a magical place ruled by the sea spirit Golfo. The lifeless Teresina is brought into the grotto where Golfo is fascinated by her beauty and changes her into a naiad. When Gennaro sails into the grotto, his Teresina no longer recognizes her fisherman because of the transformation. Even their favorite melody cannot awaken her memories, but the picture of the Virgin Mary vanquishes the magic power inside her. She regains her human form and the sea spirit retreats so Teresina and Gennaro can leave the grotto.
Sunday, July 26, 2020 | Napoli Act III | The Phoenix Symphony YouTube Page
When Teresina and Gennaro return, the townsfolk are suspicious because they believed Teresina to be dead. Gennaro is still shunned by the others who are afraid of his possible partnership with evil forces. But after he has been blessed by the monk and Veronica gives her approval, the wedding celebration begins.