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Riccardo Chailly presides over a Night of the Stars at La Scala

Simon Smith

Opera’s greatest stars assemble at La Scala for 7 December opening

3:21, 26th November 2020

The traditional inauguration of La Scala’s new season will take place as usual on 7 December, the feast St Ambrose, patron saint of Milan. But as with most events in 2020, however, the evening will take on a different format.

Instead of the usual opera premier, La Scala will present a concert featuring 24 of the greatest operatic voices of today. The event will be broadcast on by Rai Cultura on Rai 1under the baton of La Scala’s music director Riccardo Chailly and directed by Davide Livermore. The concert will will be available via the Arte channel to audiences around the world.

Entitled ‘A rivedere le stelle’ (‘To see the stars again’), the evening takes its title from the last words of the famous final verse of Dante’s Inferno. Next year is the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. A spokesperson for La Scala said: ‘It will not be a festive evening in these dramatic times: it will be an evening of hope and determination in which La Scala and Rai will bring the value of opera and dance to audiences in many parts of the world.’

The singers appearing in the concert are all La Scala regulars, and the list is indeed a stellar one featuring Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Plácido Domingo, Rosa Feola, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi, Andreas Schager, Ludovic Tézier and Sonya Yoncheva.

The singers and orchestra will perform on a special stage built in the stalls of La Scala  as well as from the the theatre’s boxes and in different spaces back stage. The set will by by Giò Forma, with D-Wok’s digital input.

La Scala will also be teaming up with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Studio of Italian Fashion) to involve some of Italy’s most prestigious designers in dressing the artists on stage, overseen by costume designer Gianluca Falaschi.


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