The concert programme includes some of the greatest living conductors. Riccardo Chailly will be on the podium for two evenings of the Symphony Season, Verdi’s Requiem in October, and the concert to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arturo Toscanini on 25 March 1867. The Symphony Season also sees the return of Christoph von Dohnányi (who will also conduct the … [Read more...] about La Scala Recital and Concert Season 2016-2017 – full dates and interpreters
You shouldn't reveal a lady’s age, they say, but how can I not say that Edita Gruberova is 68 years-old when she took on the final scenes from three of Donizetti’s most demanding operas in one evening. I’m sure that somebody, somewhere, has done this before, but at La Scala with full orchestra and chorus, soloists and offstage band, this was certainly a first. To do so at an … [Read more...] about Overwhelming applause for Gruberova and her queens at La Scala
4 December (Preview for young people), 7, 10, 13, 16, 20, 23 December 2014 Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Director: Deborah Warner Sets and costumes: Chloe Obolensky Cast Anja Kampe, Mojca Erdmann, Klaus Florian Vogt, Falk Struckmann, PeterMattei, Kwangchul Youn, Florian Hoffmann Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala New production … [Read more...] about La Scala complete Opera casts and dates: 2014 – 2015
Somebody might have counted how many times Juan Diego Flórez hit those top notes at last night's recital at La Scala, whatever, it was a hell of a lot. Although sometimes it felt like being repeatedly hit on the head with a mallet, it was certainly exciting. Being that so few people in the world can confront a feat of this nature - even tenors - it is a wonder to behold. Yes … [Read more...] about Juan Diego Flórez: the world’s most generous tenor?
Q&A When did you start singing? I can't ever remember I time where I didn't sing. Why did you start singing? I can't remember the first “why” but there exists now a definite need to do it. Which singer inspired you most when you were young? Barbra Streisand. Which singer do you most admire? Ella Fitzgerald. What’s your favourite role? Impossible to single … [Read more...] about Joyce DiDonato answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Singers’ Edition