Before La Scala 2023 in Milan, what to know and where to see it on TV and with the first broadcast

The 2023/2024 Season of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan opens. Tomorrow, Thursday 7 December, the Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Lluís Pasqual, in the version prepared by the composer for the historic Milanese theater in 1884. The opera has already inaugurated the Season in 1868, 1878, 1912, 1926, 1968, 1977, 1992 and 2008. Thus ends the trilogy of power begun with Macbeth in 2021 and continued with Boris Godunov in 2022, recalled Maestro Riccardo Chailly. As per tradition, the premiere will be broadcast live on Rai 1, starting at 5.45pm. However, there is something new: for the first time Rai Culture – with the television direction of Arnalda Canali – films the show in 4K, which will therefore have a definition four times higher than the television standards we are used to. It will also be broadcast live on Radio3on Rai1 HD channel 501 and up RaiPlay, where it can be seen up to 15 days after the premiere. Last year, the Premiere on TV was watched by one and a half million viewers. The approximately 40 locations involved in the “Prima Diffusa” social initiative of the Municipality of Milan will also make use of the High Definition footage broadcast by Rai – with free entry while seats last – and the giant screen located in the center of the Octagon of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which offers the First to citizens.

La Scala Premiere live on TV

Milly Carlucci and Bruno Vespa, with connections from Serena Scorzoni from the foyer, will host the live television broadcast, meeting the protagonists and guests present before the start and during the interval. For Radio3 Gaia Varon and Oreste Bossini will follow the live broadcast. The various RAI newspapers will also be involved with live broadcasts, reports and insights, with guests in the studio and from the foyer of La Scala. For the live broadcast of the Premiere, 10 high definition cameras will be deployed, as well as 45 microphones in the orchestra pit and on the stage and 15 radio microphones dedicated to the soloists. Over 50 people – including cameramen, microphoneists, audio and video technicians – make up the working group. The broadcast will last over three hours and will be complete with subtitles.

Live TV also accessible to blind and partially sighted people

As for the Boris Godunov of 2022, this year too the broadcast of the work will be accompanied by live audio description, thanks to which even blind and partially sighted people will be able to make use of all the visual information not transmitted verbally: costumes, appearance and facial expressions of the characters, actions not speech, location, scenography and lights. This accessibility will then also be extended to everything that happens around the show and will be broadcast on TV before the start and during the interval. The service is created by Rai Public Utilities – Accessibility. The audio description, which can be activated from the television on the dedicated audio channel – and can also be streamed on RaiPlay – is part of the inclusion path undertaken with commitment and determination by Rai, with the aim of making the offer of true public service ever more concrete and broad.

The First Diffusion

Among the venues of the Prima Diffusa in Milan – in addition to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – there are Villa Schleiber, Spazio Teatro 89, Mare Culturale Urbano, Centro Pime, Centrale dell’Acqua Milano, Teatro Guanella Milano, Spirit de Milan, Medicinema, Cineteca Milano MIC, Auditorium Stefano Cerri, Heracles Gymnasium, Sala Gregorianum, Palazzo Pirelli, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, WOW Spazio Fumetto, Conservatory of Music “Giuseppe Verdi”, Teatro Dal Verme, Auditorium MUDEC – Museum of Cultures, Armani/Silos, Auditorium dell’Orchestra Symphonic Orchestra of Milan, Magazzino Musica – MaMu, Casa dell’Accoglienza “Enzo Jannacci”, Spazio alle Docce, Pavilion Chiaravalle, PACTA dei Teatri – Salone Via Dini, Collegio di Milano, Teatro Edi/Barrio’s, the Oklahoma Home for Unaccompanied Minors. Likewise the Milano Opera Prison Theater, the Puntozero Beccaria Theater at the Cesare Beccaria Penal Institute for Juveniles and the San Vittore Prison, Terminal 1 at Milan-Malpensa Airport and the Mumac – Coffee Machine Museum of Binasco.

The First also abroad

Numerous broadcasters from abroad also broadcast the event live, thanks to the agreements signed with Rai Com: starting from ART for Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg to Switzerland CSRfrom Portuguese RTP in the Czech way Česká Televize. In Japan the NHK will broadcast Don Carlo (delayed) in 4K HDR format. La Prima della Scala will be available worldwide on the platform Doctors TV and will also be screened live in cinemas in Spain, Switzerland, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand and in a network of fifteen Italian cinemas.