In celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Milan will be the host of a unique programme, with its very own international symbol: the Duomo.
“Dante in Duomo” is the title of this programme: from May 2021, the full reading of the Divine Comedy, will be held in the Cathedral from the High Altar.Updates will follow in the coming weeks.
Under the artistic direction of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, and in collaboration with musicians from the Teatro alla Scala and students from the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, a reading of one of Dante’s Cantos will be staged every day.
The project was wanted by the Archpriest of the Duomo, Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, in collaboration with the Veneranda Fabbrica and the Ambrosian Library, who will offer part of its rich Dante heritage to the public during the period.
“Yes, Dante in Duomo! Not to take the limelight, but because our forefathers in the Veneranda Fabbrica had already organised a Lectura Dantis in 1418 to raise funds for the construction of the new Cathedral. Today, thanks to Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, we are proposing a full reading of the Divine Comedy to collect the beauty of Dante’s words that have been an integral part of our culture for over seven centuries – we do so, in fact, in memory of the 700th anniversary of his death! – of which the Duomo has lived 634 years.” – commented Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archpriest of Milan Duomo.
“Dante in Duomo” has been possible thanks to the support of main sponsor Intesa Sanpaolo and Retelit.
The Bank’s support of this important project is part of its broad commitment in the cultural and artistic fields, which it considers to be amongst the strategic sectors identified for the relaunch of the country.
Retelit, leader in the telecommunications sector, supports Dante in Duomo with pride. Art and technology have an indissoluble link: in order to restart, culture and digitalisation are fundamental levers for the relaunch.
Entrance to the event will be free of charge, with reservation required, following indications of Covid-19 regulations. Further information will be provided as the date of the event approaches, also in consideration of the protocols in force.