The cliché “better late than never” is the same in Italian – “meglio tardi che mai” – and is certainly adapt for the renowned octogenarian conductor, pianist and composer André Previn, who will make his début at Milan’s legendary theatre on 24 October.
A surprise début too, because 89-years-old Georges Prêtre, who was down to conduct three concerts with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra (Filarmonica della Scala), has been forced to withdraw for health reasons. The programme will remain unvaried: Brahms’ 3rd and 4th symphonies.
André Previn is 84.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.