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Music Sets a New Rhythm for Visitors to the Italian Pavilion

Italian Songstress Fumanti Will Wow Adoring Chinese Fans at the Expo

Setting the soundtrack to the Italian Pavilion for the duration of the Expo will be the Puccini classic “O soave fanciulla” from La Boheme, recorded with a modern twist by renowned Italian singers Gino Paoli and Giorgia Fumanti. Selected for the special place it holds in the heart of every Italian, Paoli’s and Fumanti’s contemporary spin bring this song’s heritage alive. Blending the romance of classical Italian opera with fresh, modern rhythms, this song perfectly captures the spirit of Italian living.

“Music is so deeply engrained in Italian culture; it is a source of pride and plays an integral role in our everyday life,” expressed Beniamino Quintieri, Commissioner General of Italy for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. “We can think of no better way for our visitors to truly feel Italian. Moreover, we hope this modern interpretation will allow the song to reach everyone.”

Continuity between past and present underpins the connection between exhibits within the Italian Pavilion. From entering through a replica of 16th Century Teatro Olimpico and meeting masterpieces of contemporary art, to the juxtaposition of the ancient Dome of Florence and the latest Prada; the interplay between tradition and innovation defines the Italian way of life.

Already well-known in China for her rendition of “We are the World” during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Giorgia Fumanti will make a celebrated return at the end of the month. Performing on July 24, in the Expo’s Europa Square, she will delight fans with her pop spin on classical songs.

In true Italian style, “O soave fanciulla” is a song of passion; a duet sung of newfound love.