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The Vatican has challenged purist Roman Catholics by disclosing plans for a daring rock, punk and jazz opera version of Dante’s Divine Comedy with a soundtrack written by an avant-garde priest.

Monsignor Marco Frisina uses rock music as background for the Inferno, Gregorian chants for Purgatory and lyrical and symphonic classical and modern music for the advent of Paradise in the musical set to be staged in the autumn.

After a premier in a leading Rome theatre sponsored jointly by the Vatican and Italy’s two houses of parliament, the extravaganza will tour other major Italian and European cities “to bring back the attention of the widest public to Dante’s immortal poem”, Riccardo Rossi, director general of Nova Ars, the company producing the opera, told La Repubblica newspaper.

The priest has dedicated the opera’s musical score to Pope Benedict XVI and said he hopes the pontiff will attend the premiere in Rome next fall. The production is expected to tour Europe. The second half of the opera portrays the pilgrim’s path through purgatory to paradise, and the music no longer expresses passion or desperation, but a “desire of the absolute,” Msgr. Frisina said. Gregorian chant and symphonic harmony were the appropriate musical choices, he said. Here’s the Vatican Radio report. About 3 minutes. It’s well worth listening to, in addition to the article. He indicates that he was inspired by Deus Caritas Est.


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