La Scala

See The Stars Again

In Cinemas 6, 7 & 10 Feb 2021
Riccardo Chailly (opera), Michele Gamba (ballet)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
See adjacent column
Georges Bizet, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Francesco Cilea, Michele Novaro, Gaetano Donizetti, Jules Massenet, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Umberto Giordano, Davide Boosta Dileo, Erik Satie, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner
Davide Livermore
Manuel Legris, Rudolf Nureyev, Massimiliano Volpini
3h15 including interval.
Sung in Italian, French and German, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan 7 Dec 2020
Official Event Listing
  • Dazzling. A new standard for opera galas. It is hard to imagine triumph being more comprehensively snatched from the jaws of defeat.
    Richard Fairman, FINANCIAL TIMES

Special Gala Performance!  The opening of the opera season at La Scala is the biggest event in the Italian musical calendar. Every year on December 7, the day that Milan celebrates Saint Ambrose, the city’s patron saint, the theatre premieres an eagerly anticipated new production— but not in 2020.

This season was to have opened with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, with Lisette Oropesa set to have been the first American to sing a title role in the gala season opener since Maria Callas in 1951.

But instead, with Milan on lock-down, the theatre assembled an extraordinary cast of opera and ballet stars for SEE THE STARS AGAIN (A riveder le stelle) a glittering spectacle of music, dance and art, performed with no audience but those at home in Italy (2.6 million tuned in live!) and in cinemas worldwide.

Soprano – Eleonora Buratto, Rosa Feola, Aleksandra Kurzak, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa, Marina Rebekam, Sonya Yoncheva
Mezzo-soprano – Marianne Crebassa, Elīna Garanča
Tenor – Roberto Alagna, Benjamin Bernheim, Piotr Beczała, Juan Diego Flórez, Vittorio Grigolo, Francesco Meli, Andreas Schager
Baritone – Carlos Álvarez, Plácido Domingo, George Petean, Luca Salsi, Ludovic Tézier
Bass – Ildar Abdrazakov, Mirco Palazzi
Dancers – Timofej Andrijashenko, Martina Arduino, Marco Agostino, Roberto Bolle, Claudio Coviello, Nicola Del Freo, Nicoletta Manni, Virna Toppi


La Scala

Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Apart from its sheer beauty and size, La Scala's acoustics are said to be perfect. One of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the venue is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra, as well as the La Scala Theatre Academy.

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