New York Stars Ballet Gala in Rome, 8 March

Other Dances with Ashley Bouder and Joaquin De Luz - photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder, Joaquin De Luz, Amar Ramasar and Andrew Veyette are joined by company dancers Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon, Spartak Hoxha, Alexa Maxwell and Indiana Woodward for a Gala performance in Rome.On 8 March in the Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome’s modern arts complex, the Auditorium Parco della Musica, these dancers will show off … [Read more...]

Happy 80th Birthday Mirella Freni… from La Scala – in photos and video

Mirella Freni moved by the standing ovation at La Scala

Mirella Freni is eighty, and to celebrate her birthday La Scala threw open its doors to her fans and opera lovers to see the great soprano once again on the stage that was hers for so many years.A feisty Freni strode onstage and seemed surprised and visibly moved by the long standing ovation. She was not there to sing, though she says she still has the voice, but with … [Read more...]

@teatroallascala – the world’s most famous theatre goes digital

Free backstage tours for children

Social media is revolutionising how theatres and their artists communicate with audiences and fans. Teatro alla Scala, which has an august, though often severe, reputation is, surprisingly, emerging as one of the top players in social networking. It had some catching up to do. The Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera opened their Twitter accounts at the beginning of … [Read more...]

Luca Ronconi, Italian director of theatre and opera, dies at 81

luca ronconi

Italian director Luca Ronconi died yesterday evening in the Policlinico in Milan after a short illness. His health had been poor over the last years, he was on dialysis, and was complicated by pneumonia. He was 81. His collaboration with La Scala lasted for over thirty years and today the flag outside the theatre is flying at half-mast, and Riccardo Muti will dedicate tonight's … [Read more...]

Another Italian dance company to close

Sylvie Guillem after Steptext, MaggioDanza 2013

After a series of ‘si’, ‘no’, ‘si’, ‘no’, the decision has been made to axe the corps de ballet in Florence.MaggioDanza, under the umbrella of Il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which even Sylvie Guillem had tried to save when she returned en pointe for the last time eighteen months ago, will close, announced director Francesco Bianchi. Of the last remaining 17 dancers, 5 are … [Read more...]