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Teatro alla Scala 2018 Season. Book your tickets to Milan's opera house!


Not to be missed in February : Many major events mark the month of February at La Scala in Milan. The divine soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings a recital with airs of Puccini. The legend of the piano Maurizio Pollini also plays in recital. Another opera legend, the breathtaking Leo Nucci plays Simon Boccanegra on stage with Krassimira Stoyanova, Dalibor Jenis and the direction of Myung-Whun Chung. Another important event, Juan Diego Flórez has lost his Euridyce and sings it at La Scala in Gluck's famous Orphée and Eurydice. Also noteworthy is Riccardo Chailly, a specialist in Mahler, who conducts the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Choir to perform Symphony No. 3.




December 7th is a well known date among music lovers from all over the world, since this is the opening date of the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan. However, this does imply that the hall will be unoccupied from September to November. There are even some beautiful shows on display. A superb Tamerlano by Handel is announced with Plácido Domingo. Der Freischütz, Weber's very popular masterpiece has become more rare in recent years. A great opportunity is given to hear it in La Scala, directed by Myung-Whun Chung with an exceptional trio of singers, Michael König, Julia Kleiter and Günther Groissböck.


The famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan is a compulsory stop for the great singers. It is not surprising to meet Jonas Kaufmann, who is announced in recital as well as Sonya Yoncheva, Olga Peretyatko or Ildar Abdrazakov, or in another domain, the living piano legend Maurizio Pollini. The season for classical concerts and ballet is equally prestigious with the arrival of such formations as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden directed by Christian Thielemann or the Wiener Philharmoniker by Zubin Mehta. Other equally sumptuous concerts are directed by Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin or the zarzuela gala by Plácido Domingo. As for dance, Roberto Bolle and Svetlana Zakharova are regular performers at the scaligero scene. This season 2017-2018, they dance together in L´histoire de Manon and in La Dame aux Camélias. Great classical ballets follow one another, such as Le Corsaire and La Bayadère, or the breathtaking Bolero by Maurice Béjart, which was elevated to the rank of Masterpiece (with Roberto Bolle for 5 performances).


But of course, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan first and foremost represents operas. This season 2017-2018 again promises to be an impressive festival of great stars. The most talked-about performance is the opening night. Superstar Anna Netrebko performs Maddalena in Andrea Chénier by Giordano, directed by Riccardo Chailly. The renowned musical director has chosen to highlight a beautiful Italian repertoire. He is at the pulpit for the Don Pasquale by Donizetti (with the outstanding Ambrogio Maestri). Myung-Whun Chung, Nello Santi and Fabio Luisi lead respectively Simon Boccanegra, Verdi's Aida and the exciting Francesca da Rimini of Zandonai. But more major events are expected. Juan Diego Flórez plays the Orpheus of Gluck and Krassimira Stoyanova, one of the great Aida´s of her generation, returns to the reference production signed Franco Zeffirelli, while the beautiful artist Sonya Yoncheva addresses the bel canto role of Imogene in Il Pirata by Bellini. The German repertoire is not forgotten in La Scala, the temple of opera. Thus, a joyous Strauss Fledermaus is directed by the great director Zubin Mehta. Another great name, Daniel Harding defends a less frequent but equally exciting repertoire. For Schubert's Fierrabras, La Scala brought together a five star cast with Bernard Richter and Dorothea Röschmann, among others. The staging of Fidelio, a great masterpiece by Beethoven has been entrusted to Deborah Warner and also represents a highlight of the season. Another event to note at last, the staging of Patrice Chéreau for the Elektra by Strauss is an event to experience, just like the rest of this wonderful season 2017-2018 at the Scala of Milan.

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After fire destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre, Milanese aristocrates took no more than twelve days to design a new theatre and send their plans to the Empress Maria Theresa. Two years later, in 1778, the new opera house was inaugurated, on the site of the Santa Maria alia Scala Church. The Teatro alia Scala wasted no time in becoming one of the best: all of Europe came to admire the flamboyant costumes, the impressive chorus, and the singers, famous for their dramatic finesse. The audience was a show in itself: people visited in their respective boxes, exchanged the latest news, dined, and played cards... A tradition that is now lost to the ages, while the Scala's public nonetheless still knows how to make itself heard if it completely disagrees with a trill, or when it enthusiastically applauds a prima donna.


During the nineteenth century, competition from the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which then attracted the peninsula's best voices, obliged the Milanese opera house to undergo renovation, which it did with panache! Rossini's, Bellini's, and Verdi's names were henceforth linked to that of the illustrious house, and the history of Italian music was written within its walls. Works such as NORMA, NABUCCO, II TURCO IN ITALIA, and FALSTAFF were premiered here, while singers such as Isabella Colbran and Maria Malibran triumphed on its stage.


The end of Verdi's reign ushered in the beginning of Toscanini's. Despite his famous temper tantrums, the Italian conductor formed an orchestra and a permanent company which imposed new standards of quality the world over. Those were the days that one could sing at the MET only under the condition of having been previously consecrated on the Scala's stage...


The Scala was destroyed in 1943. Rapidly reconstructed along the original plans, the house has never lost its soul, thanks to artists such as Giulini, Kaum war die Herrschaft Verdis zuende, Callas, Karajan, and Tebaldi, who all once trembled at the idea of appearing in the light shed over the stage by the hall's huge Murano crystal chandelier.