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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Milan

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MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

Beethoven, Fedele
Finalists of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano

MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

Beethoven, Fedele
Finalists of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano

MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

to be announced
Winner of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano

MilanIdomeneoNew Production

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Christoph von Dohnányi; Matthias Hartmann; Teatro alla Scala; Volker Hintermeier; Bernard Richter; Michèle Losier; Julia Kleiter
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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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Fluctuating around Virginia's tissues of the mind

Alessandra Ferri in I now/ I then © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Alessandra Ferri, the former La Scala Prima Ballerina Assoluta, makes her triumphant return to Milan as the moving incarnation of Virginia Woolf in Wayne McGregor's most mature, complete and striking piece to date.
*****
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Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner clearly has a thing for the Czechs. A month after he made his Royal Opera main-stage debut with Janáček's Katya Kabanova, here he was with the Filarmonica della Scala to conduct a strongly Czech programme.
****1
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Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In Khovanshchina, even more so than in Boris Godunov, the chorus is the chief protagonist and the La Scala chorus was truly astonishing.
****1
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