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Giudizio Universale: the Sistine Chapel comes to life with major theatrical show

Billed as a multi-media journey into one of the most amazing places in the history of world art, “Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo e i Segreti della Cappella Sistina” (The Last Judgment. Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel) is an unprecedented live show telling the tale of Michelangelo and his frescoed masterpiece. A must-see for millions of tourists and locals alike, the event aims at bringing to life the vaults of the Sistine Chapel in the hope of inspiring visitors with the story of their creation.

Conceived by Marco Balich, the artistic director of numerous Olympic Games ceremonies, this immersive, surround-sound theatrical extravaganza will see actors performing on a stage surrounded by images of the chapel projected on to the walls and ceilings of a 1,500 seat concert hall. With expert advice from the Vatican Museums and original music by Sting, the 60-minute show marks the birth of a new format: the story of art narrated through the most sophisticated technology of today combined with the emotions stirred up by live entertainment.

Together with the original theme, there will be music composed by John Metcalfe, a leading figure in the contemporary pop-rock scene and producer of artists such as Morrisey, Blur and Coldplay. The scenography of the show will not only reproduce the Sistine Chapel, but will be inspired by the original 16th-century perspectives.

Spectators will follow the story of the origin of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, from Giulio II‘s commission of frescoes of the vault to the realization of the Universal Judgment, through a reenactment of the Sistine Chapel as the place for the papal election. A storytelling about the Buonarroti  will animate the frescos of the Sistine Chapel to end with the wonderful Universal Judgment that will come to life throughout the space around the public.

Staged at the Auditorium della Conciliazione, less than a mile from the Vatican City, “Giudizio Universale” will be held in both Italian and English, with the voice of Michelangelo provided by celebrated Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, known for his leading roles in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “Rush” and “World War Z”. With 270° immersive projections, larger-than-life stage effects and live performances similar to Cirque du Soleil classy acrobatics, this initiative provides an unparalleled educational opportunity to bring art, culture and faith to younger audiences.


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