Franco Ricordi and his Lecturae Dantis

Broadcast in live streaming on June 10, 17 and 24 in the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Love in the Commedia, on a journey between Hell, Dante and Purgatory: this is the theme of Franco Ricordi’s three Lecturae Dantis, three live streamed events to be held on June 10, 17 and 24 that will be broadcast from the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

Franco Ricordi is a well-known interpreter of the Divine Comedy and has been working on Dante’s text for years. His Dante Project, created in 2015, has been on tour in 20 countries over 3 continents and it now arrives in Florence.

For the three Florentine dates, Ricordi has chosen to focus on the theme of love, following a path that leads to Maria, passing through Beatrice and a series of female voices and figures. The songs chosen for the three evenings are Canto II of Inferno (June 10), Canto XIII of Purgatorio (June 17) and Canto XXXIII of Paradiso (June 24).

The themes of the three Lecturae

The first event on June 10 focuses on Canto II of Hell. For Ricordi, Dante is immediately characterized as an anti-Hamlet given that he bravely faces his metaphysical journey, overcoming any hesitation. The journey continues on June 17, with the second event dedicated to Canto XIII of Purgatory, the song of Sapia who is the protagonist of an imperfect repentance. The journey ends in Paradise on June 24 with Canto XXXIII where Dante, blinded but also illuminated by light, “lifts the veil on being”, in the words of Ricordi.

The live streamed event can be followed on the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore Youtube channel, and subsequently it will be shown on TV 2000.

Franco Ricordi, the actor-philosopher

Franco Ricordi, actor and theater director (he made his debut in 1978 with Ronconi), is also a philosopher and essayist. In the last seven years, he has dedicated his philosophical reflection and his activity as an actor to Dante. In 2016, he made his debut with Dante for Rome in the Roman archaeological sites, an experience that continued in 2020 with Dante’s Comedy at the Baths of Caracalla. In this context, he is also the author of the first philosophical reading of the Comedy, containing research in three volumes, recently published by Mimesis.

The initiative is promoted as part of the program of events for the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet which sees the collaboration, for the first time, of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Opera di Santa Croce and the Certosa di Firenze – Community of San Leolino.