The Intangible Heritage Committee of
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday proclaimed the art of Italian
opera singing to be part of the intangible heritage of humanity.
The decision came at a meeting of the Committee's member countries in Botswana.
In March 2022 Italy's UNESCO commission chaired by Franco Bernabe' approved a bid by Italian opera to go forward as candidate to present to the UNESCO intergovernmental committee for the 2023 cycle.
Then culture minister Dario Franceschini said that with the opera bid "Italy is aiming for the recognition of one of its most authentic and original cultural expressions".
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