Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena
Rossini’s Cenerentola is presented in a new staging by Nicola Berloffa on 30 December 2020 at 20.00 CET. Due to anti Covid restrictions, the work will be performed behind closed doors and broadcast for the global audience on OperaStreaming (with subtitles in Italian and English).
Amon the cast are Antonino Siragusa as Don Ramiro, Nicola Alaimo as Don Magnifico, Nikolay Borchev as Dandini, Ugo Guagliardo as Alidoro and Paola Gardina in the title role as Angelina.
Teatro Regio, Torino
On Thursday 31 December 2020 at 15.00 CET, Donato Renzetti conducts the theatre’s orchestra in a New Year’s Eve Concert: a varied, popular programme that goes from Handel to Peter Warlock which the theatre describes as: “A music party to celebrate the ending of a very difficult year and to look forward to next year with renewed enthusiasm. A joyful horse-ride between fireworks and dances of every time and place.”
Teatro Regio’s Christmas Concert with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the opera house’s orchestra and chorus can still be viewed here: https://www.teatroregio.torino.it/concerti-extra-2020-2021/concerto-di-natale
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
We have already listed La Scala’s festive programming – details can be seen here:
Teatro Comunale Bologna
Bologna’s opera house started streaming a series of concerts at the beginning of December, the last of which will be transmitted on 10 January. They are available free of charge on its YouTube channel and past concerts are all still available.
Teatro San Carlo, Naples
The theatre’s Gala Mozart e Belcanto is available until the 31 December with a 24hour ticket costing €2.99. The concert of Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini was recorded on 3 December 2020 with Maria Agresta, Ildar Abdrazakov, Nadine Sierra, Francesco Demuro and Pretty Yende.
San Carlo’s Christmas Concert is also available at €2.99 with an orchestral programme of Rota, Respighi and Ponchielli.
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence
Linda di Chamounix, which was due to open on 23 December, will be filmed – thanks to a collaboration with Naxos, Operabase, and Takt1 – and the video will be broadcast on the website of the digital platform for classical music Takt1 and on the Maggio website on 15 January 2021 at 20.00 CET. The conductor is Michele Gamba, with Jessica Pratt, Francesco Demuro and Michele Pertusi in the cast.
Teatro Massimo, Palermo
Palermo’s Nw Year’s Eve concert, the Concerto di San Silvestro, will be streamed on Thursday 31 December 2020 at 19.00 CET. An eclectic orchestral programme includes Wagner, Spontini and Jacques Brel.
Teatro La Fenice, Venice
La Fenice’s annual New Year’s Concert has become as fixed in TV scheduling in Italy as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna and can be seen on 1 January with Daniel Harding conducting. It features the soprano Rosa Feola and tenor Xabier Anduaga. Outside Italy it can be seen on WDR and ARTE DE at 18.15 CET, on ARTE FR at 18.40 CET and at 19.30 GMT on World Concert Hall Radio.
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.