Tonight, La Scala Ballet's season kicks off with the return of Rudolf Nureyev's Nutcracker, last performed in the theatre in 2006.
The following photo album was of tonight's opening cast at a preview performance for young people two days ago.
The ballet saw many leading dancers over the course of more than one hundred and twenty performances. Nureyev danced in this production at La Scala with Liliana Cosi (his first Clara in Milan), Vera Colombo, Carla Fracci, Anna Razzi, Merle Park and Evelyne Desutter, who was also his last partner in the 1987/88 season.
Opening cast: Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker
Dr. Stahlbaum: Gabriele Corrado
Frau Stahlbaum: Beatrice Carbone
Drosselmeyer/The Prince: Timofej Andrijashenko
Clara: Nicoletta Manni
Fritz: Mattia Semperboni
Luisa: Vittoria Valerio
The Grandmother: Serena Sarnataro
The Grandfather: Massimo Dalla Mora
The Nutcracker: Valerio Lunadei
Rat King: Gioacchino Starace
Snowflakes: Maria Celeste Losa, Gaia Andreanò
Spanish Dance: Vittoria Valerio, Mattia Semperboni
Arabian Dance: Serena Sarnataro, Massimo Dalla Mora
Arabian Dnace soloists: Antonella Albano, Marco Agostino
Chinese Dance: Domenico Di Cristo, Federico Fresi, Rinaldo Venuti
Russian Dance: Beatrice Carbone, Gabriele Corrado
Shepherd Dance: Linda Giubelli, Agnese Di Clemente, Nicola Del Freo
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.