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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

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

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

MilanFin de partieWorld Première

Fin de partie
Kurtág: Fin de partie
Markus Stenz; Pierre Audi; Teatro alla Scala; Christof Hetzer; Frode Olsen; Leigh Melrose

BergamoInaugural Concert

Rossini, Donizetti
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI; Riccardo Frizza; Jessica Pratt; Daniela Barcellona; Levy Sekgapane; Xabier Anduaga
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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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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Jean-Paul Scarpitta’s San Carlo staging was almost as minimal as a biblical oratorio.
***11
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A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Traditionally, Italy's most unforgiving loggionisti are reputed to reside at Parma's Teatro Regio. Thankfully for the cast, they appear to be a dying breed.
***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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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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