Teatro alla Scala 2018 Season. Book your tickets to Milan's opera house!
Not to be missed in April : In April at the Scala in Milan, two major concerts are to be highlighted with the arrival of the superb pianist Yuja Wang in Rachmaninov with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and two other big names, Rudolf Buchbinder and Christoph von Dohnányi with Filarmonica della Scala. Opera side, big events, of course, like Don Pasquale played by the irresistible Ambrogio Maestri and directed by Riccardo Chailly himself. Or the beautiful opera of Zandonai, Francesca da Rimini, a superb discovery with an excellent distribution. A majestic month of April at La Scala!
OVERVIEW OF THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA 2017-2018 SEASON
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.