In celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Milan will be the host of a unique cultural project: “Dante in Duomo”.
From 3 May to 9 July 2021, from Monday to Friday at 6.30pm, the complete reading of the Divine Comedy will take place in the Cathedral near the High Altar.
Under the artistic direction of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, and in collaboration with musicians from the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and students from the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the reading of two Cantos from Dante’s immortal work will be staged every day.
The opening of each cantica will be entrusted to an exceptional speaker who will give an introductory lecture to the reading: Massimo Cacciari (3 May – introduction to Hell), Mons. Marco Ballarini, Canon of the Duomo and Prefect of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, (26 May – introduction to Purgatory), and Elio Franzini, Rector of the University of Milan (17 June – introduction to Paradise).
The project was the idea of 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.
The event will be broadcast live on Milan Duomo’s YouTube channel (also accessible from the official website www.duomomilano.it) and on the official Milan Duomo Facebook page.
The reading will also be broadcast live on television on the digital terrestrial channel 195 Chiesa TV (visible throughout most of Lombardy).
With the passage of the Lombardy Region into what is known as the “yellow zone”, and in accordance with the provisions set out by the authorities and in line with the protocols in force, in strict observance of the regulations for containing the Covid-19 contagion and with the maximum occupancy permitted by the rules, the event will be accessible free of charge to the public subject to compulsory booking on this page.
“Dante in Duomo” has been possible thanks to the support of main sponsor Intesa Sanpaolo and Retelit.
For further information:
Duomo Info Point