Cambridge (MA), October 8, 2013 – Last night saw great success at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Kresge Auditorium, with the La Scala Chamber Orchestra (Cameristi della Scala) performing"Fantasies from Verdi’s Operas". The concert, presented by Eni and MIT, celebrates the renewal of the research collaboration which aims to achieve the key message: "Let's give energy a new energy".
For Eni’s Chairman Giuseppe Recchi:"Since 2008 we have been the largest partner of MIT for energy research. Our goal is to develop innovative solutions to address global energy needs and challenges by bringing together Eni’s own research and technological know-how with MIT’s excellence in science and technology. The path to new breakthrough technologies that can have an impact on human life is challenging and never ending but it is also the prerogative of those who are naturally attracted by this fundamentally important endeavor. The inauguration of the Eni-MIT Energy Society last June greatly enhanced our ability to work towards fulfilling this goal. Achieving excellence is for Eni a key mission: this aptitude is part of our DNA, and I believe that technology, science and art are, in the end, aspects of the same way of doing things and of being an enterprise. We are extremely proud to celebrate this collaboration with another example of absolute excellence, the La Scala Chamber Orchestra performing Giuseppe Verdi; a world renowned orchestra performing Italy’s most famous composer".
MIT President L. Rafael Reif said:"We are delighted to welcome the La Scala Chamber Orchestra to MIT to help celebrate the important research relationship between MIT and Eni. We feel incredibly fortunate to benefit from Eni’s relationship with La Scala and to share this esteemed ensemble’s performance with the MIT community".
Supporting cultural initiatives has always been a hallmark for Eni and in 2006 the company chose the motto"culture of Energy, energy of culture" to effectively describe its commitment to promoting artistic and cultural events in the countries in which it operates.
Eni is partner of the La Scala Chamber Orchestra’s international tour, which has already included concerts in Moscow, Istanbul and Oxford."Fantasies from Verdi’s Operas" is a musical medley or"Fantasie" of Verdi’s operas composed by the composer’s friends and colleagues. These compositions, which are true celebrations of Verdi’s greatness, have been lying forgotten in libraries across the world since the 19th Century. The La Scala Chamber Orchestra found and transcribed these long lost"Fantasies" and is bringing them to the United States for the very first time. Last night’s concert at MIT marked the start of the Chamber Orchestra’s U.S. tour, which will also include performances in Providence (Brown University), Washington (Embassy of Italy), New York (Carnegie Hall), and Miami.
This U.S. concert series is part of the"2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., with the sponsorship of Eni, Corporate Ambassador. Eni also supported an exhibition of the late Hellenistic masterpiece the"Boxer at Rest" at the Metropolitan in New York as part of that initiative.
Eni in United States
Eni has been operating in the United States since 1962, when Agip USA Inc. was set up in order to promote the purchase of material of interest to Eni in the U.S. Eni has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2005. In 2007, Eni completed the purchase of Dominion Resources’ upstream operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The Company holds interests in 393 blocks in the U.S.: 281 in the Gulf of Mexico, 111 in the North Slope of Alaska and one in the Barnett Shale in Texas. In addition, Eni is operator of the Nikatchuq field in Alaska and holds a 30% stake in Oooguruk field, which has been in production since 2008. Eni’s daily production in the U.S. stood at 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent, of which 60% come from fields operated.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the mission of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.