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Will be “a season of great conductors“. Thus the superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala Dominique Meyer defined the upcoming 2023/2024 season presented today. There are fourteen operas on the programme, seven ballets (in addition to the Gala Fracci and the show by the Scuola di Ballet), many concerts. An event will be the one for the centenary of Puccini’s death with opera stars Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko and the musical director of La Scala Riccardo Chailly on the podium. Also awaited for the return of Riccardo Muti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
It opens with Don Carlo
To inaugurate the season on December 7th it will be there Don Carlo directed by Chailly who will also be pitted with The swallow by Puccini. Lorenzo Viotti will direct Simon Boccanegrathe musical director of the Berliners, Kirill Petrenko, will make his debut at La Scala with Der Rosenkavalierwhile Christian Thielemann, “the greatest Wagnerian conductor”, will conduct Das Rheinhold, with which La Scala begins the project of the tetralogy of the ring of the Nibelung directed by Daniel McVicar. Damiano Michieletto will sign the direction of Medée by Cherubini, Michele Marconi will direct Guillaume TellDaniel Harding la Turandot. The dance season will instead open with a new production by Coppeliawill come back Medina with Roberto Bolle, world premiere of I remember, choreography by Simone Valastro. Confirmed the Gala Fracci and shows like lin Bayadere, L’History of Manon And La Dame aux camélias with in some performances Bolle.
THE OPERA, BALLET AND CONCERTS SEASON 2023/2024: the calendar
For the 2023/2024 Season, the Teatro alla Scala therefore presents a calendar of over 250 shows including Opera, Ballet, Concerts and programming for children and families. The big names in orchestra conducting, direction, singing and dance make up a panorama full of confirmations but also of unexpected proposals, completed by exhibitions, meetings, visits and insights to further tighten the relationship with our Milanese public national and international.
It consists, in line with the previous one, of 14 shows, 10 of which are new productions. To these is added the inaugural show of the 2024/2025 season during the calendar year 2024. Including the latter, in 2024 La Scala will stage 3 operas by Giuseppe Verdi and 2 by Giacomo Puccini; Antonio Cesti, Luigi Cherubini, Gaetano Donizetti, Ruggero Leoncavallo and Pietro Mascagni, Jules Massenet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Nino Rota, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner are represented with one title each. A host of conductors of the highest international level take part in the Opera and Concert Seasons. Alongside the Music Director Riccardo Chailly, Alain Altinoglu, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Michele Mariotti, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Kirill Petrenko, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, Lorenzo Viotti, and in the repertoire baroque Giovanni Antonini, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Philippe Herreweghe. In the directorial field, the program includes new productions by Daniele Abbado, Irina Brook, Robert Carsen, Davide Livermore, Christof Loy, David McVicar, Damiano Michieletto, Chiara Muti, Lluis Pasqual and the young Mario Acampa for the Accademia project, while between filming mentioned Harry Kupfer, Mario Martone and Giorgio Strehler. It is difficult to summarize the list of singers, which among the sopranos includes Eleonora Buratto, Rosa Feola, Sonya Yoncheva, Anna Netrebko, Lisette Oropesa, Jessica Pratt, Marina Rebeka, Mariangela Sicilia and Krassimira Stoyanova; between the mezzo-sopranos Elīna Garanča, Stephanie d’Oustrac and Ekaterina Semenchuk; among the tenors Roberto Alagna, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Benjamin Bernheim, Lawrence Brownlee, Charles Castronovo, Yusif Eyvazov, Brian Jagde, Jonas Kaufmann, Dmitry Korchak, Francesco Meli and Fabio Sartori; among the baritones Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Ambrogio Maestri, Mattia Olivieri and Luca Salsi; among the basses Ain Anger, Michele Pertusi and Michael Volle.
The Season conceived by the Director Manuel Legris consists of 7 titles ranging from nineteenth-century classics such as Coppelia in the new guise of Alexei Ratmansky at the opening and La bayadere according to Nureyev to the great titles of the twentieth century, fromHistory of Manon by MacMillan at Dame aux camélias by Neumeier and works by Robbins and Balanchine, up to the revival of Medina by Mauro Bigonzetti and Fabio Vacchi. On the contemporary side, the focus is also on the new names of Garrett Smith, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Simone Valastro. An intense and diversified program made possible by the great growth of the Company in recent years. Opening a creation, a new one Coppelia signed by Alexei Ratmansky, who will be born at La Scala and confirms how fundamental it is to present classic creations, and to continue the collaboration, which has already been going on for several years, between Ratmansky and the Teatro alla Scala.
The next program is a triptych of contemporary signatures. The choice was directed to choreographers who have already worked with prestigious companies and theaters, but never at La Scala, and who will now bring their innovative and original strength to our Theater. The American choreographer Garrett Smith undoubtedly belongs to this category: Piermarini will present reveal, a work created for the Houston Ballet to music by Philip Glass and never presented outside the USA. And it will also welcome the famous choreographer duo, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, with one of their iconic ballets – Skew-Wiff – to music by Rossini, in a special combination of contemporary choreography and classical music. Simone Valastro will present a creation, I remember, for a large number of dancers. For Valastro it will be a return to the Theater where he studied and graduated before pursuing his career at the Paris Opéra; and for La Scala and the corps de ballet he will be a new production that is entrusted to an Italian firm.
In the new Season there will be the return of Medina: creation, musical and choreographic, by Fabio Vacchi and Mauro Bigonzetti, a complete, theatrical work which had its debut in a difficult moment and which will now finally return to the stage in the most suitable conditions, and will find Roberto Bolle again in this role so unique and special in his repertoire. Therefore, classic and contemporary creations, but to balance this new Season, Director Manuel Legris has also thought of presenting three masterpieces, by three great and important choreographers, who are already in the theater’s repertoire and who will now allow a new generation of dancers to compete with truly mythical roles: the recovery of La bayadere by Rudolf Nureyev, with the new staging designed by Luisa Spinatelli, The history of Manon by Kenneth MacMillan e La Dame aux caméliaswhich has already achieved extraordinary success in previous performances at La Scala and with which the collaboration with John Neumeier is renewed and continues.
The Season is sealed by two Masters who are absolute points of reference for the world of dance and ballet: George Balanchine, with Themes and Variationswhich is taken from the repertoire but with a new look signed by Luisa Spinatelli – and Jerome Robbins with Dances at a Gatheringa masterpiece of great delicacy on music by Chopin, e The Concert, which will also be fun for the audience. With these two works that La Scala presents for the first time, a void is filled and the repertoire is enriched with a signature, that of Jerome Robbins, still not very present. Also in the new Season the GFracci wing, in its third edition, will make it possible to pay homage to dance in the name of the grande étoile and to convey to this evening, alongside the milestones of the repertoire, an increasingly glance at contemporary creativity. The same spirit also animates the show of the Ballet School of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, a traditional Scaliger appointment for young students. To give due prominence to the important music of the ballets that will be presented, collaboration with the orchestra conductors is essential: this Season too allows the continuation of the relationship of collaboration and trust established with the conductors of Paul Connelly, Michele Gamba, Kevin Rhodes and Simon Hewett, but also to inaugurate a new collaboration with Fayçal Karoui who will be on the podium for the Scala ballet for the first time.
The progressive enrichment of the opportunities for listening to symphonic and chamber music is also confirmed in the new Season. The Symphonic Season presents important conductors and productions of great commitment with the involvement of the Choir directed by Alberto Malazzi: in the opening Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces, then Daniel Harding Mozart’s Requiem and Chailly again the majestic Gurre-Lieder by Arnold Schoenberg. The Music Director is also involved in a program dedicated to the Second School of Vienna, while Ingo Metzmacher remembers Luigi Nono on the centenary of his birth with Como una ola di fuerza y luz (concert repeated at the Valli Municipal Theater on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Musica e reality of Reggio Emilia). Lorenzo Viotti approaches Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Rachmaninov and Daniele Gatti, awaiting his return to the opera season scheduled for 2025, conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
The calendar of extraordinary concerts is particularly rich, opened by the exceptional trio formed by Janine Jansen, Misha Maisky and Martha Argerich. Daniel Harding returns to the podium for the Christmas Concert, while the Musiciens du Louvre perform Handel’s Alcina in concert form conducted by Marc Minkovski and Marco Armiliato accompanies Lisette Oropesa and Benjamin Bernheim in a French programme. Riccardo Chailly celebrates two cornerstones of the Western musical canon: Verdi’s Requiem on the 150th anniversary and Beethoven’s Ninth on the bicentenary of their respective first performances, but also honors Puccini’s centenary with an extraordinary evening with Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann. Finally, William Christie and his Arts Florissants perform a semi-staged version of The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. The program of the Guest Orchestras is of absolute quality, opened by the Royal Concertgebouw conducted by Myung-Whun Chung followed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, the Collegium Vocale Gent with Philippe Herreweghe and the Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Chamber seasons include for Canto Recitals Juan Diego Flórez, Christian Gerhaher, Elīna Garanča, Rosa Feola, Lisette Oropesa and Roberto Alagna, while the Great Pianists series at La Scala features Daniil Trifonov, Hélène Grimaud, Beatrice Rana, Maurizio Pollini and Alexandre Kantorow. The highly popular cycle of Chamber Music Concerts with the Professors of the Scala Orchestra continues with 11 appointments in the Ridotto dei Palchi on Sunday mornings.