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My U3A group are holding a Verdi bi-centeniel anniversary dinner on 10/1o/13 and I am MC  as I know quite a bit of Verdi music and I will play excerpts between courses of what will be a typical Verdi dinner. I know he liked his chicken !! Not sure about his favourite wine !!

But I need a suitable toast - in Italian ( which I do not speak ) to mark the 200 years since he was born.  I hope you can help with me with something that would be appropriate for the ocassion; help with the prounciation would be much appreciated.

As we English would say .. I am beholdant to ee.

Don F

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Hello,

a typical Verdi toast could sound as follows:

-“In alto i calici! Libiamo al bicentenario della nascita di Giuseppe Verdi! Libiamo, libiamo nei lieti calici....!”( Let’s raise the chalices!  Let’s drink  to the Bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. Let's drink, let's drink from the joyous chalices...!”).


As you can see, this toast includes  “Libiamo, libiamo nei lieti calici....” (Let's drink, let's drink from the joyous chalices..),  the famous duet  sung   by Alfredo and Violetta in act 1 of Verdi's La traviata (The Strayed/Fallen Woman) whose Italian pronunciation  you can hear on the following links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BviNofnVC08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmHgg8xo13Y


Apart from the correct pronunciation of “Libiamo, libiamo nei lieti calici....!”  and  “Giuseppe Verdi” that  you can hear on the links above, here’s the pronunciation of :” In alto i calici! Libiamo al bicentenario della nascita di ...!”:

-IN is pronounced like in English “in”.

-ALT is pronounced like ALT in the “alt" octave. The accent falls on this vowel.
-O is pronounced  like O in “or”


-I is pronounced like EE in “cheer”

-CALICI ((see the links above where you can hear the correct pronunciation)


-LIBIAMO (see the links above where you can hear the correct pronunciation)


-AL is pronounced like AL in “alt” octave.

-BI is pronounced like BEE in “bee”
-C is pronounced like CH in “cheer”
-ENT is pronounced like ENT in “entomology”.
-EN is pronounced like EN in “entomology
-A is pronounced like A in “staff”.The accent falls on this vowel.
-RI is pronounced like RI in “ring”
-O is pronounced like O in “entomology"


-DEL is pronounced like DEL in “delete”.The accent stands on the E.
-L is pronounced like L in “land”
-L is pronounced like L in “land”
-A is pronounced like A in “staff”


-NA is pronounced like NA in “nativity”. The accent stands on this syllable.
-SC is pronounced like SH in “show”
-I is pronounced like EE in “cheer”
-T is pronounced like T in “toilet”
-A is pronounced like A in “staff”

-DI is pronounced like DI in “distance”

-GIUSEPPE VERDI (see the links above where you can hear the correct pronunciation).

Hope all is clear enough. Feel free however to ask me again.

Best regards,
Maria
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P.S. Here are some suggestions of a typical Verdi dinner:

1)Hors d’oeuvre: Prosciutto di Parma (Dry-cured Ham from Parma)

2)First course: Tortellini  or Pumpkin Ravioli (Cappellacci) , i.e. homemade pasta.

3)Second course: Melanzane alla parmigiana(eggplant parmigiana) or Beef fillet with Balsamic vinegar of Modena.

4)Dessert: Rice cake

5)Wines:Malvasia or Lambrusco.

See :
http://www.parmagourmet.it/en/
http://www.academiabarilla.com/italian-recipes/emilia-romagna/default.aspx

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