Russian opera 'Boris Godunov' to open next La Scala season
Italy La Scala From left, La Scala director Riccardo Chailly, Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, La Scala general manager Dominique Meyer and La Scala ballet director Manuel Legris attend at a press conference to present the 2022/2023 season, at the Milan La Scala opera house, Italy, Monday, June 6, 2022. La Scala's 2022-23 calendar, set long before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, also marks the Milan opera house's premiere of another Russian opera, Antonín Dvořák's "Rusalka," and includes a host of Russian stars singing roles in the Russian composition as well as other titles. The move comes months after La Scala became one of the first opera houses to exclude Russian conductor Valery Gergiev after he failed to respond to their appeal to denounce the war. “Boris Godunov,” which the La Scala program calls “a disturbing fresco on the brutality and solitude of power,” opened the 1979-80 season, conducted by Claudio Abbado. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who performed to rave reviews last week at La Scala, will sing four dates of Verdi’s Macbeth, alternating with Belarusian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk.wftv.com
La Scala season premiering Macbeth opens to full house
Italy La Scala La Scala opera house general manager Dominique Meyer poses for photographers prior to the start of a news conference to present Giuseppe Verdi's 'Macbeth', directed by Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly, who will open the opera season at the La Scala opera house next, Dec.7, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (Luca Bruno)MILAN — (AP) — While many European theaters remain closed due to the pandemic, the famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday opens its new season Tuesday with the gala premiere of Verdi’s “Macbeth” to a fully seated house. La Scala resumed performances at full capacity in September, but there remain considerations for the pandemic: Attendees must be vaccinated or recently recovered to attend performances in Italy under new government regulations launched this week for the holiday season. President Sergio Mattarella is expected to attend what has long been heralded as the cultural event of the European calendar. La Scala’s music director, Riccardo Chailly, conducts “Macbeth” with a modern staging by Davide Livermore in the pair’s fourth consecutive collaboration for La Scala’s highly touted Dec. 7 season premiere marking the holiday for Milan’s patron Saint Ambrose.wftv.com
La Scala announces 2021-21 season, with hope of fewer limits
Italy La Scala A view of the Milan La Scala opera house during a press conference to present 2021/2022 season, in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 31, 2021. “It will be the end of this horrendous experience,’’ said La Scala’s music director, Riccardo Chailly. But for the fall conclusion of the 2020-21 season, La Scala is focusing on music that requires less than a full orchestra to facilitate any future distancing requirements. The new season recovers some operas that had to be postponed because of the pandemic, including Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” while also highlighting operas by foreign conductors and lesser-known works. U.S. soprano Lisette Oropesa returns to La Scala in January and February in the role of Giulietta Capuleti in Bellini’s “I Capuleti e I Montecchi,’’ after missing her La Scala season-opener debut planned for last Dec. 7.wftv.com
La Scala announces fall season as cultural life resumes
La Scala general manager Dominique Meyer poses at the end of a press conference to present the fall 2020 program of concerts and ballets, in Milan, Italy, Monday, July 27, 2020. The limited calendar runs through Dec. 5, when La Scalas former musical director, Daniel Barenboim, returns to the theater for a piano concert. Chailly will conduct 14 dates this fall, while Zubin Mehta takes on 12. The fall program is envisioned in two parts, with distancing rules in play both on and off stage through Oct. 21, followed by a full opening of the theater, with productions and seating both normalized. That will mean two operas, La Traviata and Aida, will be presented as concerts in the first half, while La Boheme will be fully staged in November.
Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage
SOAVE Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italys first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Inspired by Italian industry, the Ravenna Festival prepared its own protocols during the lockdown, which were approved by the Italian government, allowing the quick start, said festival general manager Antonio de Rosa. The festival will open June 21 with Ravenna native Muti conducting the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, featuring musicians under age 30, inside the 15th-Century Rocca Brancaleone fortress. The festival, founded 30 years ago by Muti's wife, Cristina Mazzavillani Muti, will present 40 performances, with the full program to be announced shortly. We listened to music, we read books and we watched many musical performances on television, de Rosa told the AP.