The extraordinary talent of Marianela Nuñez dominated this performance of Onegin at La Scala. From her opening, distracted scenes to her final act of resolve, Tatiana’s emotional arc was perfectly conveyed. Her chest looked ready to explode with emotion when she first met Onegin, yet the rekindling of that passion during the final scene saw her close in her shoulders, crushed … [Read more...] about The extraordinary talent of Marianela Nuñez dominates Onegin at La Scala
Such was La Scala’s confidence in Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake that even before its premiere in Milan in June 2016 — the co-production with Zurich had had its world premiere four months earlier — it had already been chosen for a tour to Paris later that year and also programmed to be part of La Scala’s following season. So, a year on, there’s another chance to see Ratmansky’s … [Read more...] about Ratmansky’s Swan Lake delights once again at La Scala: music and choreography restored
Zubin Mehta will be conducting La Scala’s orchestra for a Stravinsky double-bill with the theatre’s ballet company: Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. Michel Fokine’s choreography and Alexandre Benois’ costumes and sets were created for the original production in 1911 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. This original version was last seen at La Scala twenty years … [Read more...] about First look: Stravinsky ballet evening at La Scala conducted by Zubin Mehta
After the success in Milan before the summer, La Scala now takes Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake to Paris for six performances at the Palais des Congrès. The production was coproduced with the Opernhaus in Zurich, where it had its premiere in February of this year. Casting is the same as in Milan, with Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Andrijashenko (5, 10 and 13 November); … [Read more...] about La Scala Ballet returns to Paris with Ratmansky’s Swan Lake
If you visit NASA’s website, they define a protostar as the “hot core at the heart of the collapsing cloud that will one day become a star”. 19-year-old Martina Arduino, who graduated from La Scala’s Ballet Academy just a year ago was entrusted last night, as her first ever principal role(s), with the Odette/Odile characters in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Swan Lake. She is not … [Read more...] about Martina Arduino in Ratmansky’s Swan Lake – a ballet star is born at La Scala?
Tonight's the night. One of the most anticipated of La Scala's season. The debut of Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of Petipa and Ivanov's Swan Lake. The production is a co-production with Zurich where in February it received rave reviews, to anticipation is running high. Below are some shots from the dress rehearsal with tonight's cast — Odette/Odile is Nicoletta … [Read more...] about Countdown to Ratmansky’s Swan Lake – photos and video interview
The Gala des Étoiles at La Scala made me feel as though I’d eaten all the icing on the cake: happy, but a little woozy. Don Q? Check! Corsaire? Check! Manon and Romeo and Juliet? Check! Spartacus? Check! As you can see if you scroll down to the programme, it wasn’t all hoary favourites, and when the interpreters are some of the best dancers in the world it would be churlish … [Read more...] about My Big Fat Italian Ballet Gala
Below is the full programme of Gala des Étoiles, at La Scala on 30 and 31 October. The Gala will be transmitted live by Italian television, Rai, on Rai5, and in cinemas internationally both live and over the next two months. It can also be followed live from the wings via La Scala's site and its YouTube channel with Gramilano and Silvia Farina presenting this rare … [Read more...] about Full programme of la Scala’s Gala des Étoiles – 30 and 31 October
Excelsior has returned to the stage at La Scala and what better choice for the Milan Expo period than this joyous ballet, which fills the stage with more than a hundred dancers waving national flags from all corners of the globe. It is a ‘concept’ ballet - light triumphs over darkness - and it features dancers representing Peace, Invention, Perseverance, Courage, Concord and … [Read more...] about Excelsior in Milan is more than just a big, brash ballet extravaganza
Ivan Vasiliev is a powerful performer, both physically and emotionally. His prowess in ballet pyrotechnics - the leaps, the turns - has brought him fame throughout the world. But he's no circus performer as his Quasimodo in Roland Petit's Notre Dame de Paris in Milan or his Romeo in Frederick Ashton's production of Romeo and Juliet in London demonstrated; he has a fierce and … [Read more...] about Vasiliev is still a jeune homme… careful Ivan!