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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Milan

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MilanErnaniNew Production

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi: Ernani
Ádám Fischer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Teatro alla Scala; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Francesco Meli; Ailyn Pérez

MilanLa finta giardiniera

La finta giardiniera
Mozart: La finta giardiniera
Diego Fasolis; Frederic Wake-Walker; Teatro alla Scala; Antony McDonald; Krešimir Špicer; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

MilanLorenzo Viotti

Wagner, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin
Filarmonica della Scala; Lorenzo Viotti

MilanElektra

Elektra
Strauss R.: Elektra
Christoph von Dohnányi; Patrice Chéreau; Teatro alla Scala; Richard Peduzzi; Caroline de Vivaise; Ricarda Merbeth; Waltraud Meier
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The Lucerne Festival Orchestra debuts at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at La Scala © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Fail to inject the composer's cathedral-sized symphonic structures with a sense of rapt wonder and they can sound dull.
***11
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi's fifth opera can be considered a blueprint for Trovatore and deserves a more regular place in the repertoire, but it needs more sincere advocacy than Bechtolf is prepared to grant.
***11
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Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala

Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
A conventional plot retains few of the elements of its Arabian Nights original, but the Academy's young pupils display vocal mastery in Milan.

Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala

Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Yoncheva passed the test in style, providing a scintillating delivery that drew feverish approval from the public.
****1
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