Acqua Di Parma's Note Di Colonia
The spirit of Parma owes much to music. A city and its spirit. In the 16th and 17th centuries, lutes and harpsichords echoed through the Farnese court, in the vaults of the cathedral and in the church of the Steccata. This is the city of Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini and home to many opera houses.
Acqua di Parma has reached its first centenary. Its origins are inextricably linked to the city of Parma, where Colonia, the fragrance which marked its debut, was born and where the brand has been cultivating the values of art, music and elegance from birth. To celebrate the Centenary and pay homage to its city and its heritage, Acqua di Parma is creating Note di Colonia. A new Collection which finds inspiration from the world of opera. Three different fragrances, each packaged contained in a reinterpretation of Colonia’s first bottle.
NOTE DI COLONIA I
AN INTOXICATING CRESCENDO
Light and captivating notes in a crescendo which intoxicates the senses and the heart, releasing a sensation of joy that is ever more infectious. The sparkling music and the ethereal language become one, in one of the best-known motifs of La Traviata. “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”. Once again, Giuseppe Verdi shows himself to be a true master of the art of translating the text into a pulsating rhythm and sublime harmonies. Note di Colonia I celebrates one of Italian opera’s best-known episodes. Its vibrant composition emits an atmosphere that is joyful and full of vivacity. Its strong characteristic cologne flows in a strictly modern orchestration given by its aromatic notes.
CAPTIVATING AND LIVELY
Its opening is a radiant joy straight away. An explosion of bergamot, in its sparkling and most prized Italian quality, as well as the bright notes of neroli. The citrus start, classically cologne, sweetens and becomes soft and embracing as it encounters the heart of the fragrance, which is unexpectedly aromatic. Here, the composition fuses the freshness of lavender with the velvety warmth of Damascus rose and violet accord. In the rich and sumptuous finale there is a refined combination of patchouli and cedarwood. Precious essences which give the fragrance a satisfying depth and refinement, making it absolutely unique.
￼NOTE DI COLONIA II
A cold, starry night with the dawn about to break. A suspenseful and heart-rending atmosphere, imbued with hope. The certainty of victory in the soul. “Nessun dorma”, Turandot. One of the most famous romances in which Giacomo Puccini, true poet of the emotions, modulates the subtle impulses of the human spirit in a masterful way. Calaf sings his love for the icy princess, in a crescendo where trust becomes greater and more intense. Note di Colonia II is a homage to Puccini’s art and to this true masterpiece. A fragrance which knows how to modulate the inner nuances of a wait which precedes the rising of the new day. The prelude to the triumph of the feelings. A composition which is sophisticated and complex, which skilfully mingles fresh citrus notes with woody and aromatic emphases.
The citrus opening is magnificent in its vitality. The radiant notes of bergamot, orange and grapefruit express the hope that emerges in the darkness. The olfactory rhythm is ever more sustained and strong with vibrant notes of basil and cardamom. And whilst the chill and the solitude of the night begin to lessen in the first warmth of the rising sun, the extraordinarily soft and engaging tones of sandalwood arrive united with the smoky grey tones of gaiac, giving a comforting sensation of consistency and depth to the heart of the composition. Emotions which are enriched in the velvet base by new undertones, with the refined encounter of musk and vetiver.
￼NOTE DI COLONIA III
A MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL SCORE
Spectacular crowd scenes, dances, music, fireworks and the splendour of the costumes. The “Marcia Trionfale” in Aida represents the peak of this grandiose opera. And in Aida Giuseppe Verdi puts his theatrical capabilities to the test. In this opera, more than any other, the maestro makes a masterful and innovative use of the orchestra. It is the wind instruments which create that triumphal atmosphere, as well as the splendour of the costumes and the bustle on stage, to communicate victory and heroism. The opera’s most colossal and spectacular aspect reaches one of its most solemn moments. And Note di Colonia III, with its majestic and triumphant notes, glorifies one of the most famous pages of Italian opera.
MELODIOUS AND MAJESTIC
The glorious and vibrant accord of mandarin and ginger conquers straight away with its vigour. The notes are enriched in the heart with touches of vetiver which finds a deep counterpoint to its dry and woody accents in the warm and resinous note of olibanum brightened by jasmine. A powerful and melodious orchestration which strides majestically. In its final part, the fragrance transmits a sense of eternity, with the refined notes of tonka bean which meet the intense and full-bodied ones of ciste labdanum and myrrh.