Teatro alla Scala, Season 2023/2024
December 7th is an extremely important date for the city of Milan since it marks the opening of the season for the Teatro alla Scala, the main opera theater of the city and one of the most prestigious worldwide. Each year since 1940, on Sant’Ambrogio day, the patron saint of Milan, the opening night takes place in what is considered the cultural seasonal event. Strictly linked to the Italian tradition, it is also an institutional appointment; journalists, critics, artists, Ministers and, of course, the Head of State are among the audience.
For this year’s opening, the 1884 version of the Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi has been chosen. Directed by Maestro Riccardo Chailly and Lluis Pasqual, it was also represented for the 2008 opening night as well. After Verdi’s Macbeth in 2021 and Musorgskij’s Boris Godunov in 2022, the choice of Don Carlo feels like a continuum and marks the return to Verdi’s more mature work. Between the grand scenography and the double nature of historic drama and romantic manifest, it would be an authentic experience.
Don Carlo is scheduled for a total of seven representations till January 2nd and it will be followed by 14 operas throughout the Season 2023/2024, of which ten entirely new productions. La Rondine and Turandot by Puccini, Cherubini’s Médée, Donizzetti’s Don Pasquale, and other masterpieces of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, and Rossini, to name a few.
Regarding the Concert season, citing the Teatro alla Scala superintendent Dominique Meyer, “A season with great Directors and Maestros is coming”. Starting with Chailly who will direct the Quattro pezzi sacri by Verdi, to Daniel Harding to whom Mozart’s Requiem is entrusted; Lorenzo Viotti will propose Rimskij-Korsakov, Ravel e Rachmaninov while Daniele Gatti will present his version of Sinfonia n° 9 by Gustav Mahler. Last but not least, Maestro Riccardo Muti will be performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Alexei Ratmansky’s Coppélia will open the ballet season designed by director Manuel Legris. The program shows the great titles from the 1800s to the 1900s, from Nureyev’s Bayadère to MacMillan’s L’histoire de Manon, Neumeier’s Dame aux Camélias, to the works of Robbins and Balanchine. Contemporary dance will also be represented by some famous names who have not yet worked with the Milanese theatre, such as Garrett Smith, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Simone Valastro.
In conclusion, whether you are an opera aficionado, a music lover, or a ballet enthusiast, you cannot miss the incredible performances the Teatro alla Scala will showcase with the Season 2023/2024 program.
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