Eleonora Duse and Gabriele D’Annunzio, a Story of Scarlet Passion

The third edition of D’Annunzio International Arts Festival takes place in Pescara from July 9 till September 27. The Festival’s program includes many interesting cultural events – exhibitions, concerts, performances and meetings. Most of them take place in the so called Ex-Aurum, an elegant palace where in the beginning of the 20th century the exquisite Abruzzian liqueur “Aurum” was produced. In the middle of 1970s the factory was transferred to another building and the palace was abandoned for two decades. A few years ago, the Commune of Pescara restored the building and turned it into the cultural center.

Yesterday, my friend Lucia and I watched a very interesting recital “Gabriele and Eleonora. Scarlet passion”. Daniela Musini is an author, director and the only performer of a very captivating show. The performance took place in Aurum’s round atrium which perfectly suits for summer events. The action took place in a hotel chamber in Pittsburg where Eleonora Duse was dying of pneumonia. It was her last night and Duse recollected her life and her one and the only love – Gabriele d’Annunzio. The recital was accompanied by a slideshow of photos of Gabriele and Eleonora. Sometimes Daniela played the piano and sometimes a male voice recited fragments of d’Annunzio’s letters. While listening to a melancholic music, I looked at the sky above and saw bright stars. We felt very delighted and a little bit sad because Eleonora’s great love was a rather tormenting one.

Before the recital, we watched an old news film about d’Annunzio. After the performance, Giordano Bruno Guerri, President of D’Annunzio International Arts Festival greeted the audience.


Useful links

Aurum, La Fabbrica delle Idee

Site of D’Annunzio International Arts Festival

Daniela Musini’s site


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