Andrea da Barberino

Sicilian puppet theater

Many puppet theater companies stage episodes in the context of the North African invasion of Calabria recounted by Andrea da Barberino in the Aspramonte.

The first four plays listed below contain the following scenes:

Almonte kills Milone: After Milone has courteously given another chance to his defeated opponent Almonte during the North African invasion of Calabria, the latter refuses to do the same when Milone remains unprotected by armor. Instead, he exploits his advantage to kill Milone.

Orlandino in Aspramonte: Having escaped from the seminary to search for his father among the Christian troops in Aspramonte, Orlandino arrives at the camp and learns that his father has not returned from battle.

Carlomagno encounters Almonte: Carlo comes upon a sleeping Almonte after the latter has treacherously killed Milone and debates whether to retaliate immediately. He decides to act honorably and wake Almonte.

Orlandino kills Almonte: As Almonte is about to kill Charlemagne, Orlandino arrives on the scene. Although at first he does not want to intervene to rescue the emperor, he subsequently attacks and kills Almonte to avenge his father’s death. As a reward, he gains Almonte’s olifant and sword Durlindana.

 

Le prime imprese di Orlandino
Teatroarte Cuticchio (now Associazione culturale Franco Cuticchio figlio d’ arte), Cefalù

 

“Orlandino”
Figli d’arte Cuticchio (di Mimmo Cuticchio), Palermo

 

La morte di Almonte
Antica Compagnia Opera dei Pupi Famiglia Puglisi, Sortino. March 21, 2021. “Sicilian Puppets Series” – Rassegna teatrale di Opera dei Pupi siciliani – Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino.

 

Orlando conquista le armi
Compagnia Brigliadoro
Museo internazionale delle marionette A. Pasqualino, Palermo. March 28, 2021. “Sicilian Puppets Series” – Rassegna teatrale di Opera dei Pupi siciliani – Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino.

 

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Compagnia Opera dei pupi siciliani Gaspare Canino
Castello dei Conti di Modica- Alcamo (TP)
Sicilian Puppets Series
Rassegna teatrale di Opera dei Pupi siciliani – Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino

Sentenced to death by Agolante who has discovered his Christian identity, Milone is saved from the gallows by his former pupil Ruggiero di Risa.

 

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Ruggero di Risa”. 2a parte.  Antica Compagnia Opera dei Pupi Famiglia Puglisi – Sortino.  “Sicilian Puppets Series” – Rassegna teatrale di Opera dei Pupi siciliani – Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino. Galaciella and Ruggiero di Risa fall in love; they are betrayed by Beltramo who opens the gates of the city to Almonte.

 

Ruggero di Risa.” Compagnia Opera dei pupi siciliani Gaspare Canino. “Sicilian Puppets Series” – Rassegna teatrale di Opera dei Pupi siciliani – Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino. Galaciella and Ruggiero di Risa fall in love; they are betrayed by Beltramo who opens the gates of the city to Almonte. March 19, 2021.  Castello dei conti di Modica, Alcamo (Trapani).

 

 

Epic Maggio tradition:

Carlomagno
Berto Zambonini, La compagnia maggistica Monte Cusna di Asta

Recounts the birth, youth, and rise to power of the Christian emperor Charlemagne, from I reali di Francia.

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Literary Encyclopedia profile on Andrea da Barberino (Gloria Allaire)