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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Milan

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MilanFin de partieWorld Première

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Kurtág: Fin de partie
Markus Stenz; Pierre Audi; Teatro alla Scala; Christof Hetzer; Frode Olsen; Leigh Melrose

MilanElektra

Elektra
Strauss R.: Elektra
Christoph von Dohnányi; Patrice Chéreau; Teatro alla Scala; Richard Peduzzi; Caroline de Vivaise; Ricarda Merbeth; Waltraud Meier

MilanAttilaNew Production

Verdi: Attila
Riccardo Chailly; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Ildar Abdrazakov; Saioa Hernández

MilanBalanchine's The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
George Balanchine; Teatro alla Scala; Michail Jurowski; Margherita Palli; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
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Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Never before has human impotence been so cruelly portrayed on stage.
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Lorenzo Viotti debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala

Lorenzo Viotti © Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Viotti will return to La Scala to conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in 2020. The programme this time round gave an indication of some of the positive qualities to expect. It also warned of some potential pitfalls.
****1
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Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Diego Fasolis leads a period performance of Mozart’s early masterpiece with a strong cast and a clever production.
****1
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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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