UniCredit and Filarmonica della Scala continue their partnership with the aim of creating opportunities for people to experience classical music both in and outside concert halls.
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A commitment to increasing people's appreciation of music
UniCredit has always supported music, with a particular focus on its classical forms, because we believe it is vital to the social and economic development of our communities.
Through numerous partnerships with leading international orchestras, we produce projects that bring music to a new and broader public, supporting events that blend classical forms with more recent musical idioms.
We also develop and sponsor projects for musical education and in support of young musicians.
Music is an ancient art form, with the power to unite different cultures. Naturally, as an international group, we prioritize support for this essential mode of artistic expression.
Filarmonica della Scala
UniCredit has supported Milan's Filarmonica della Scala orchestra since 2000, becoming its Main Partner in 2003.
Our engagement with the Filarmonica has included sponsoring seasons of musical performances, national and international tours, as well as the Open Filarmonica projects.
UniCredit and the Filarmonica share the same goals: we are always on the lookout for new and original ways to bring music to a wider public, involve younger generations in the creation and enjoyment of music, increase the general public's appreciation and love of music and support social projects that contribute to our communities.
One of the ways in which we accomplish this is through the "Open Filarmonica" series of initiatives.
The Open Filarmonica projects
• "Prove Aperte" - Since the 2009/2010 season, Filarmonica and UniCredit, with the support of the UniCredit Foundation, have promoted a project that allows the public to attend rehearsals for a number of concerts during the season. The proceeds of these evenings are then donated entirely to selected nonprofit associations operating in Milan. This programme has raised around 1 million euros for various non-profit organisations in the city.
• "Sound, Music!" - Since the 2010-11 season, the Sound, Music! education project has directly engaged children, helping to increase their appreciation for classical music. Each year, participating schools in Milan take part in music and movement workshops leading up to a final performance dedicated to children.
• The "Concert for Milan in Piazza Duomo" - Since the 2012-13 season, UniCredit and the Filarmonica have been proud to stage the "Concert for Milan", featuring the Filarmonica live in Piazza Duomo free of charge. With an average audience of 50,000 people, this project successfully brings music at its highest level to a broad audience and has become the most popular free classical music event in Italy.
• Scholarships for young musicians, winners of the annual announcement by Filarmonica - aimed at improving their musical education.
Image: Silvia Lelli
Arena di Verona
The 98th Arena di Verona Opera Festival is confirmed from 19 June to 4 September 2021
A shared symbol of rebirth for Italy's entire community through music and entertainment
UniCredit has been the Major Partner of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, one of the best-known musical events in the world, since 1994.
It is one of the historical partnerships of the Group, which in over 25 years has provided thousands of spectators with the opportunity to attend extraordinary opera performances in the unique setting of Verona's ancient Roman amphitheater.
This year, in full compliance with all the required Covid-19 safety measures, Fondazione Arena di Verona will produce five new productions that are light and more technologically focused, featuring the use of highly innovative video projections, ideal for the Arena's impressive outdoor setting.
The Festival will be inaugurated on the 19th of June by the eagerly awaited Maestro Riccardo Muti who returns to the Arena podium after 41 years to conduct the queen of Operas, "Aida", in concert form, for the 150th anniversary of its first performance in Cairo in 1871.
The stellar cast will also see the soprano Sonya Yoncheva for the first time in her career in the role of Aida, Francesco Meli as Radamès, Anita Rachvelishvili in the role of Amneris and Riccardo Zanellato in the role of Ramfis on 19 and 22 June.
Another essential tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, on the 120th anniversary of his death, will be his Requiem Mass directed by Speranza Scappucci, an internationally acclaimed artist, on July 18, making her debut in the Arena. The rich program will alternate between the great and acclaimed Marco Armiliato, Daniel Oren, Francesco Ivan Ciampa and Jader Bignamini, alongside the expected debuts of Diego Matheuz and Jochen Rieder.
The Gala of Roberto Bolle & Friends is confirmed on the 3rd of August, which every year since 2000 until today, brings dance to Arena's stage with an excellent selection of solos and performances from the classical and modern ballets of the twentieth century.
Completing the cast are: Roberto Alagna, Marcelo Álvarez, Roberto Aronica, Anna Maria Chiuri, Jorge de León, Plácido Domingo, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Yusif Eyvazov, Aida Garifullina, Alberto Gazale, Vittorio Grigolo, Saioa Hernández, Maida Hundeling, Ruthara Iniesta, Murathandez , Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Ambrogio Maestri, Angela Meade, Chris Merritt, Anna Netrebko, Lisette Oropesa, Ailyn Pérez, Michele Pertusi, George Petean, Olesya Petrova, Simone Piazzola, Saimir Pirgu, Anna Pirozzi, Marina Rebeka, Katia Ricciarelli, Luca Salsi, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Valeria Sepe, María José Siri, Rafał Siwek, Carlo Ventre, Elena Zilio.
More information on Arena di Verona and the calendar of shows is available on the Arena's official website www.arena.it and on its social channels.
Bank Austria is proud to be a long-term partner of the Musikverein of Vienna, one of the world's most famous concert halls. Recently, this long lasting cooperation was turned into a premium partnership.
As the center of Vienna's thriving musical culture, the Musikverein is the city's premium venue for international touring companies.
The Musikverein was built by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land given by Emperor Franz Joseph, and it was opened on January 6, 1870. A historic organ was installed in it by the Austrian firm Rieger, in 1907.
The Musikverein is famous for its acoustics and is considered to be one of the five finest venues in the world. It is the home to the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic).
Every year, the Vienna New Year's Concert is held here.
Bavarian State Opera
For more than 50 years, HVB has cooperated closely with the Bavarian State Opera.
The most prominent example of this strong relationship is UniCredit Festival Night, an event that highlights artists and ensembles drawn from the Bavarian State Opera.
With more than 15,000 attendees every year, UniCredit Festival Night is considered one of the most important summer events in the city of Munich.