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Posted On: 30 March 2017 03:11 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

Qatar to host an exclusive Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti blending Western and Arabic music a first in the Middle East

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Today the Pavarotti Foundation together with Rosso Italiano in partnership with H.E. Guido De Sanctis, Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, announced the launch of a tribute concert to Luciano Pavarotti, ‘Brave New World’, aimed at raising funds to support Syrian refugees. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Maestro, the concert, gathering renown Italian, local, regional and international artists, will take place on the 1st February 2018 at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), followed by a Gala dinner celebrating the Maestro’s values and growing legacy across the globe.

This concert brings a mix of Western, Italian and Arabic music and culture, two worlds that are blending in a very unique way with Brave New World. By its nature, it is a first-of-its-kind in the Middle East. Rosso Italiano is incredibly proud to bring this event to Qatar. We finally gathered all the right partners to make this event a moment to remember in our contribution to help the Syrian cause. We hope to convince additional partners to join us in the coming months and are confident to have a full house on the 1st of February next year. I would like to warmly thank Pavarotti Foundation, the Italian Embassy and Qatar Foundation for their trust and generosity. ” commented Laura Somma, Managing Director, Co-founder of Rosso Italiano & Executive Producer of Brave New World, who led this project and secured commitments from all partners between Italy and Qatar.

Essa Al Zeyara, CEO of Rosso Italiano added: “This tribute concert to Luciano Pavarotti along with its vision to support displaced Syrian families is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and its human development pillar to build key milestones in the field of education. Rosso Italiano is hereby adding its valuable contribution in achieving this vision. We hope to encourage more partners to join us in the coming months.” With a combination of the Italian cultural heritage and the Qatari musical and cultural tradition, Brave New World is an event that the world has not seen yet.

In light of Qatar National Vision 2030 to strengthen its cultural landscape and of the country’s commitment to support the Syrian people, Qatar is a natural choice to host this prestigious worldwide event. This concert entitled ‘Brave New World’ is a message of solidarity and a symbolic partnership between Italy and Qatar joining forces to support displaced Syrian families and children currently living in refugee camps in Jordan. The funds gathered through this event will be used to support the growth and sustainability of existing psycho-social education programmes for children and families currently living in refugee camps in Jordan, under the umbrella of the Italian NGO Vento di Terra. In addition to providing psychological support to help them overcome their trauma from the war, the centres will provide a wide variety of educational and creative activities. Education, hobbies and artistic activities can play a major role not only in the recovery process but also in bringing a sense of dignity to those refugee families trying to find shelter, a place to live and some semblance of a normal life again.

H.E Guido De Sanctis, Ambassador of Italy to Qatar commented: “It is a real privilege to welcome the Pavarotti Foundation here in Doha and to be part of this challenging project to help displaced Syrian people recover from the on-going conflict. Italy is a strong advocate for education and an active supporter of the Syrian cause. The arts and Opera are uniting us for a good cause. Brave New World is a unique opportunity for all of us to do our part and to stand up for Syrian refugees”.

The concert already is receiving strong support from the local and global music community. Prestigious local artists such as Ali Abdulsattar and Fahad Al Kubaisi have embraced the project with their full commitment to the forthcoming concert. Moreover, the highly respected local composer Dana Al Fardan has written and composed the song ‘Brave New World’, as a result of her collaboration with the Pavarotti Foundation. Nicoletta Mantovani, President & Founder of Luciano Pavarotti Foundation and wife of the late Italian Maestro showed her gratefulness to the Qatari composer: “Dana Al Fardan captured the emotions of this cause and the courage needed to pursue a new world - a brave one - into the lyrics in an exceptional manner. I would like to express my highest gratitude for her generosity, creativity and commitment to this fund raising concert”.

Additional international artists, musicians and performers have pledged their support and will be announced later this year.

Nicoletta Mantovani shed light on the Foundation’s values and concluded: “Luciano Pavarotti has always provided encouragement and support for young people around the world. Pavarotti & Friends’ has a long-standing tradition to sing and perform for noble causes. My husband believed in the power of the arts and culture to bring peace to the world and to unite nations and people. Brave New World truly encapsulates this idea by bringing this incredible fusion of music from the West and the Arab World. The Pavarotti Foundation is proud to partner with Rosso Italiano and the Italian Embassy in Qatar on this important day. Brave New World is a hope for a better tomorrow, a message of optimism for Syrian people and a call to action to join us on this journey”.

Full details on the concert and donation information are available at the following website: