La Scala Premiere – A RIVEDER LE STELLE
Usually, December 7th is the most important day at La Scala in Milan. The La Scala premiere of the new opera season attracts viewers from all over the world on the holiday of St. Ambrose and is broadcast worldwide. Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor should be on stage. The premiere for the 2021 season falls victim to the Covid this year. There has not been a waiver of the premiere since the Second World War. The opera was intended in connection with the inauguration of the reconstructed Bergamo Opera House. Because Bergamo was the home of Gaetano Donizetti. Nothing will come of either event for the time being and the premiere will probably be postponed to February.
The good news: Still, there was a great show. In front of an empty hall without an audience, but in front of a large audience at the television screens. Under the director Davide Livermore and the conductor Riccardo Chailly, 23 of the greatest opera stars, including Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Marina Rebeka, Piotr Beczala, have interpreted the most beautiful opera melodies from masterpieces under the motto “A RIVEDER LE STELLE”, by Giuseppe Verdi and Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini and Georges Bizet, Francesco Cilea and Jules Massenet, Richard Wagner and Gioachino Rossini. In between, dance performances by the best Ballerini based on ballet music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Davide Di Leo have delighted the eyes.
Some of the most renowned Italian fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Dolce und Gabbana, Lella Curiel, Valentino, and Marco De Vincenzo have dressed the artists. The broadcast has taken place on December 7, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. on several RAI channels, on European cultural channels, and in streaming. In addition to Italian radio and television, the premiere was also shown on MTVA (Hungary), RTS (Serbia), RTV (Slovenia) and Ceska Televize (Czech Republic). An agreement with medici.tv enables broadcasting to all other countries, including Northern Europe and America, Australia and Oceania.
“To see the stars again” refers to the famous verse from the ‘Inferno della Divina Commedia ”and dedicated to Dante Alighieri on the 700th anniversary of his death. “Seeing the stars again” is that what we all wish for after the difficult year 2020. We all have great hope for a better season in 2021, the year of the super-fast vaccination, and, hopefully, a quick return to normalcy.
Here you can watch the recording of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot “Nessun dorma” by Piotr Beczala
Roberto Bolle Ends his Active Career
Another indiscretion: The star ballerino Roberto Bolle has announced his retirement from active dancing for 2022. If you want to admire its elegance on stage, you should register quickly for the 2021 season.
Watch the video show of the Roberto Bolle dancing the “Duet with a Laser”