Italian opera singing declared a UNESCO world heritage site
Vita gazette – The UNESCO Intangible Heritage Committee has just proclaimed the practice of Italian opera singing as an element of the intangible heritage of humanity.
A fundamental goal achieved after a long journey started in 2011. Italian opera singing is officially on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity: the proclamation took place on the 18th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage in Botswana.
According to the definition approved by the United Nations cultural agency, opera singing in Italy includes music, singing, acting and typical opera scenography.
The Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, said he was satisfied with the long and detailed work that has led to our nation’s outstanding excellence in obtaining recognition. “It is a fundamental goal achieved after a long journey started in 2011 when solo opera singers formed an association called Cantori Professionisti d’Italia to bring the category together and allow professional discussion on a wide range of issues starting from the defence and diffusion of the value of music and more specifically of the opera theatre as an excellence and heritage of the culture of the Italian Republic.”