Archive for the ‘BERLUSCONI’ Category

Could a teenage girl topple Berlusconi?

In BERLUSCONI, ITALY on 27/05/2009 at 3:04 PM

Italians are always scornful about the obsession of the “Anglo-Saxon” media with the private lives of the rich and famous, but for the past month the Italian newspapers have been preoccupied with one subject and one subject only: the relationship between Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a young woman from Naples called Noemi Letizia. Mr Berlusconi has been caught out telling numerous lies about the relationship and refuses to explain them. And with important elections pending, his popularity, at an all-time high only six weeks ago, may be eroding… The Independent


Il Ritorno di Berlusconi (or The Robber Baron Returns)

In BERLUSCONI, ITALY on 01/07/2008 at 2:02 PM

THE HIGHLIGHT of the Gnomington Summer season will be the premiere of this little-known Italian masterpiece, based on an Italian folk tale. The robber baron, Silvio, returns from two years’ exile, after the kingdom has been usurped by another robber baron, Roman di Prodi. The chorus of villagers sing despairingly “Mama Mia”, as the hated and corrupt tyrant steals back the throne. Another highlight is the “Alitalia Chorus”, to celebrate the villain’s seizure of the State airline.

Radio Three, Live from the Met – Berlusconi’s “The Robber Baron and the Gypsies”

Having returned from exile to his throne in Italy, Silvio, the robber baron, finds an encampment of gypsies outside his palazzo. The gypsies dance and sing, “Grazie, grazie a Brussels”, a chorus of praise to the EU for allowing them to come from their homes in Romania to earn their livings as window cleaners, olive pickers and workers in the crime and sex industries. The baron is enraged and sings the famous aria, “Sono solo ladrone” (“I do the robbing around here”). He incites the townsfolk, with the support of the carabinieri, to attack the gypsy camp and burn it to the ground. As they do so, they sing the joyful closing chorus, “Arrivederci Roma” (“Immigrants go home”).