La Scala's orchestra, chorus and ballet company have flown out of Milan for a month on tour which will see them in Korea, China, Japan and Russia.
Tomorrow night at the Lotte Hall in Seoul, Myung-Whun Chung will conduct a concert performance of Simon Boccanegra with Simone Piazzola, Carmen Giannattasio, Fabio Sartori and Dmitry Belosselskiy. On 31 August he will again be on the podium for Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which he recently conducted at the open-air theatre of the Milan Expo site, with soloists Eva Mei, Michelle Breedt, Michael Schade and Detlef Roth. The same programme will be performed in China at Shanghai's Oriental Art Centre on 3 and 4 September.
From China, the chorus and orchestra will head for Moscow where from 5 until 16 September they will perform staged performances of Simon Boccanegra in Federico Tiezzi's production, recently seen in Milan, as well as Verdi's Requiem under the baton of La Scala's Music Director Riccardo Chailly with Maria José Siri, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli e Dmitri Beloselskiy. Chailly will also conduct an Italian Concert on 15 September with pieces by Cherubini, Verdi and Rossini.
The ballet has just landed in China where they will dance nine performances of Giselle in Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton) as well as six performances of Heinz Spoerli's Cello Suites. Three Scala Giselles are Nicoletta Manni, Vittoria Valerio and Lusymay Di Stefano with Albrechts Claudio Coviello, Antonino Sutera and Marco Agostino.
The troupe will then fly to Japan to celebrate 150 years of Diplomatic Relations between Italy and Japan with five performances of Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote between 22 and 25 September at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre in Tokyo.
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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.
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