Napoleonic Ball and the Summer Pleasures of 1818 - Lucca
A Pleasure Park in 1818, set in Villa Rossi a Gattaiola near Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
On August 25th 2018, Margarita Martinez brought together 150 international guests to celebrate the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley spending the summer of 1818 in Bagni di Lucca.
The warm summer evening began with a performance of Mozart's Bastiano and Bastiana, directed by John Wregg and the Orchestra Sinfonica Florentia conducted by Valentino Alfredo Zangara. Cast: Bastiana, Soprano: Adina Vilichi, Bastiano, Tenor: Andrea Fermi, Colas, Bass: Claudio Mugnaini, The Lady of the Castle, Soprano: Ariel Bicchierai. Costumes and Stage Management: Margarita Martinez
Dance Master: Donald Francis
Historic gambling games: Virgilio Contucci
Catering: Anna Bowcock of East Catering Florence
Mime actors directed by Claudio Spaggiari
Video by Rebecca Lena
Music background used in video:
Concerto for Flute & Guitar in G Major, Op. 8: II. Thema con variazioni - János Rolla
Grand Serenade, Op. 82 - Theme and Variations - Norbert Kraft.