Lighthouses that light up and red carpets that unroll at the Teatro alla Scala. Everything is ready for tonight for the inauguration of the season and for the most anticipated event of the year. The curtain on 7 December will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. The direction is by maestro Riccardo Chailly, directed by Davide Livermore (in his fourth “first).
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With them, a stellar cast, as it has been defined: we return to inaugurate with Anna Netrebko, Luca Salsi, Francesco Meli and Ildar Abdrazakov, who three years ago had interpreted “Attila” on the Scala stage. An exceptional cast also for the Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala is directed by Maestro Alberto Malazzi, the choreography by Daniel Ezralow, at his Scaligero debut, the sets designed by Giò Forma, the costumes by Gianluca Falaschi, the videos of D-Wok and the lights are by Antonio Castro. Among the confirmed authorities, President Sergio Mattarella – at the second Prima from the election (the first was with “Attila” on 7 December 2018, again with the direction of Chailly and the direction of Livermore) – the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, the president of the Region Attilio Fontana, the mayor Beppe Sala and the former premier Mario Monti.
Chailly, at its eighth season inauguration, closes with Macbeth the “youth trilogy” begun in 2015 with Giovanna d’Arco (libretto by Temistocle Solera da Schiller, world premiere at La Scala in 1845) starring Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli, continued in 2018 with Attila (libretto by Temistocle Solera by Zacharias Werner then revised by Piave, world premiere at the Teatro La Fenice in 1846) directed by Davide Livermore and Ildar Abdrazakov in the eponymous role. “Macbeth is without doubt the best of the three works,” says Chailly. Almost three hours of melodrama in four acts, on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei from: the version is that of 1865 which, as explained by maestro Riccardo Chailly “is the second version, written by Verdi for the staging in Paris of 1865, sung in French, and given for the first time in Italian at La Scala in 1874 ”, with the critical edition by David Lawton published for Ricordi in 2005 with many small differences compared to the previous printed edition. Compared to the 1865 edition, there is the inclusion of Macbeth’s death, with a modulation that is very reminiscent of the beginning of the third Act with Othello’s solo violas.
Among the confirmed authorities, the President Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, the President of the Region Attilio Fontana, the mayor Beppe Sala, the former premier Mario Monti. Scaligeri artists: Roberto Bolle, the tenors Placido Domingo and Yusif Eyvazov, the composer Fabio Vacchi. From the world of finance, entrepreneurs Diana Bracco and Marco Tronchetti Provera. Guests Giorgio Armani, who returns to create the floral decorations of the Theater, Stefano Accorsi, Manuel Agnelli, Diodato, Mika.
LIVE RAI and SOCIAL
From 5:45 pm Rai Cultura will broadcast Macbeth exclusively live on Rai1. Commenting will be Milly Carlucci and Bruno Vespa, with connections by Stefania Battistini from the foyer.
Macbeth’s television direction is by Arnalda Canali, and the show will also be broadcast live on Radio3, on Rai1 HD channel 501 and on RaiPlay (visible for 15 days after the premiere). Tosca’s broadcast on 7 December 2019 totaled 2,800,000 viewers, and over 2,600,000 followed the show “… a riveder le stelle” in 2020. While Rai Com will distribute the work live in cinemas, with more than 30 Italian cinemas involved, and Spain, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Holland and Great Britain are also available, with deferred repeats in the cinemas of Australia, South America, Russia, Belgium, France.
With the Macbeth, the Prima debuts on TikTok, with unpublished content, adding to the Facebook and Twitter channels.
A few remaining tickets on the Scala site, still available (from 1800 to 3 thousand euros for boxes and stalls).
Last updated: Tuesday 7 December 2021, 4:31 pm
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Teatro alla Scala in Milan: waiting for the premiere tonight with Macbeth. There will be president Mattarella