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Star-studded Walküre opens La Scala's 2010-11 Season

7 December 2010, Milan, Italy

High-tech Valkyries at La Scala
High-tech Valkyries at La Scala(Brescia e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala)

La Scala’s 2010-11 Season opens tonight in Milan with a star-studded new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre.

Seats for this annual gala range from €600 to €2,400 each, and the evening promises its usual mix of glamour, tradition and controversy.

Some of the cast members recently attacked director Guy Cassiers in a published interview, accusing him of being overly concerned with the production’s high-tech visual effects.

Waltraud Meier, who led the criticisms of Cassiers in last Wednesay’s edition of Corriere della Sera, will appear tonight as Sieglinde opposite Simon O’Neill’s Siegmund.

They will be joined by fellow Wagnerians Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Sir John Tomlinson (Hunding) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka) under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

Stemme, Tomlinson and O’Neill will all be making their La Scala debuts.

Live screenings in cinemas around the world have been scheduled in partnership with Emerging Pictures.


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