On Saturday 23 January, Mozart's Così fan tutte will be streamed from Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
Since the 28 December, La Scala has been rehearsing Così fan tutte for a recording in the theatre without an audience. Until the return of public performances, La Scala wanted to offer its audience, and all internet viewers, the opportunity to see a fully-staged performance, something that the opera house hasn't seen for ten months.
Under the baton of Giovanni Antonini is a cast consisting of Eleonora Buratto (Fiordiligi), Emily d'Angelo (Dorabella), Bogdan Volkov (Ferrando) Alessio Arduini (Guglielmo), Federica Guida (Despina) and Piero Spagnoli (Don Alfonso).
Michael Hampe's classic La Scala production has elegant Neapolitan scenes by Mauro Pagano. The production opened in 1982 at the Salzburg Festival with Riccardo Muti conducting. It was first performed at La Scala in 1983 and was revived in 1989 with Riccardo Muti; later it was revived with Ottavio Dantone in 2007.
The success of this production made Hampe a constant presence in Salzburg: in 1985 he staged the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's version of Monterverdi's Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and in 1987 Karajan wanted him for his new production of Don Giovanni with Samuel Ramey. At La Scala, the collaboration between Hampe and Muti continued with Der fliegende Holländer in 1988.
The performance is dedicated to the memory of the production's designer Mauro Pagano. He was a pupil of Ezio Frigerio, and at La Scala he designed Aida for Luca Ronconi for the opening of the opera season on 7 December 1985, Sonnambula for Ermanno Olmi in 1986, and in 1988 he designed Jommelli's Fetonte, again for Ronconi.
Pagano died in Paris after a long illness in 1988 – he was 37.
Saturday 23 January at 19.00 CET
The opera will be available outside Italy for two days after the performance on www.raiplay.it
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Conductor Giovanni Antonini
Director Michael Hampe (revived by Lorenza Cantini)
Sets and costumes Mauro Pagano
Fiordiligi – Eleonora Buratto
Dorabella – Emily d'Angelo
Despina – Federica Guida
Guglielmo – Alessio Arduini
Ferrando – Bogdan Volkov
Don Alfonso – Pietro Spagnoli
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala
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.