“For the [Rinaldo in Campo’s] version performed by Massimo Ranieri, did you make any changes to the arrangements?”
“Certainly. I redid the entire arrangement, and I am really very happy with it. Modugno had no influence on the new version and appreciated the new work.
The story narrates the epic of the brigand Rinaldo Dragonera who operates in Sicily. Rinaldo is a sort of Robin Hood who steals from the rich to help the dispossessed. He falls in love with Angelica, a Sicilian noblewoman who supports Garibaldi’s cause.
Thanks to Angelica’s example, Dragonera realises that stealing, even if to help the poor, is still a crime, and therefore decides to join Garibaldi in the liberation of his Sicily from the Bourbons’ occupation. The moral is that love can overcome all adversities and change the soul of the most evil person.
Rinaldo Dragonera, Massimo Ranieri
Angelica di Valscutari, Laura Saraceni
Chiericuzzo Rodolfo Laganà
Facciesantu Luigi Maria Burruano
Prorunasu Giacomo Civiletti
Il barone di Castrovillari Carlo Croccolo