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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Milan

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MilanFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Myung-whun Chung; Deborah Warner; Teatro alla Scala; Chloe Obolensky; Stuart Skelton; Simone Schneider

MilanFierrabrasNew Production

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Schubert: Fierrabras
Daniel Harding; Peter Stein; Teatro alla Scala; Ferdinand Wögerbauer; Annamaria Heinreich; Anett Fritsch; Dorothea Röschmann

MilanIl pirataNew Production

Il pirata
Bellini: Il pirata
Riccardo Frizza; Christof Loy; Teatro alla Scala; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ursula Renzenbrink; Sonya Yoncheva; Roberta Mantegna

MilanAli Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni)New Production

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni)
Cherubini: Ali Baba ou les Quarante Voleurs
Paolo Carignani; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Leila Fteita; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy; Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra
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Mixed results as Fierrabras premieres at La Scala

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Harding's grasp of the work's architecture that provides overall coherence. That, combined with the pithy, pulsing core he forges at its heart, makes this performance as engaging as it is polished.
***11
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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
****1
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Don Pasquale, or, The Revenge of the Dead Mother

Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Director Davide Livermore sets the story at the time of the Dolce Vita, including the motorbike from the film Roman Holiday and the roadster from The Easy Life.
****1
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