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Venue: La Scala, Milan

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Address20121 Milan
Lombardy
Italy
Google maps45° 28' 2.909" N 9° 11' 21.988" E
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MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

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

MilanRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Nello Santi; Gilbert Deflo; Teatro alla Scala; Ezio Frigerio; Franca Squarciapino; Leo Nucci; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

MilanL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Michele Gamba; Grischa Asagaroff; Teatro alla Scala; Tullio Pericoli; Rosa Feola; René Barbera

MilanGiselle

Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Teatro alla Scala; David Coleman; Alexandre Benois; Svetlana Zakharova

MilanFilarmonica della Scala

Beethoven, Mahler
Filarmonica della Scala; Riccardo Chailly; Christiane Karg

MilanQuartett

Francesconi: Quartett
Maxime Pascal; Àlex Ollé; Teatro alla Scala; Lluc Castells; Alfons Flores; Allison Cook; Robin Adams

MilanGiulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17New Production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Giovanni Antonini; Robert Carsen; Teatro alla Scala; Gideon Davey; Bejun Mehta; TBC

MilanOnegin

Tchaikovsky: Onegin
John Cranko; Teatro alla Scala; Felix Korobov; Pier Luigi Samaritani; Roberto Bolle
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“Verdi's ugliest opera” returns to La Scala with mixed results

Lisette Oropesa (Amalia) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In the role created for Jenny Lind, Lisette Oropesa, in her debut in the theater, shows her magnificent silvery voice, beautiful vibrato and impeccable colorature.
***11
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Korngold's Die tote Stadt at La Scala for the first time: a triumph

Die Tote Stadt, Teatro alla Scala © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The wealth of visual images displayed by director Graham Vick goes with the extraordinary richness of Korngold's music.
****1
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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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Elegance and finesse: Marianne Crebassa in recital at La Scala

Marianne Crebassa © Simon Fowler | Warner Classics
The performance of the young French mezzo-soprano was admired more for its correctness than for its seductiveness.
***11
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Crystal-like dismay in Preljocaj's Winterreise for La Scala

S. Ballone, M. Agostino, C. Fiandra and A. Riso in La Scala Ballet's Winterreise © Brescia e Amisano
The long-awaited first creation of the Franco-Albanian choreographer for La Scala Ballet Company inexplicably fails to resonate emotionally with Schubert's masterpiece.
**111
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