Teatro alla Scala
Daniel Barenboim has been named Music Director of La Scala, effective December 1, 2011. His contract is for 5 years. Barenboim is already the General Music Director of Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
* Notes *
Saturday night's performance of Death in Venice at Teatro alla Scala had a strong visual appeal. Unfortunately, since so many of the sightlines seem rather poor in the house, this aspect may have been lost on the droves of audience members that left at intermission. Jean Kalman's lighting was particularly beautiful, evoking the colors of Venice. The choreography, from Kim Brandstrup, was descriptive without being too mannered. The orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner, shimmered and swirled. The percussionists played well, and with restraint, though one did drop a drumstick during Act I.
Because I barely know this opera, it was exceedingly difficult for me to gauge the quality of singers voices. I was struck by the clarity of Anna Dennis' tone, she was haunting as the strawberry-seller. John Graham-Hall certainly made a fine effort as Gustav von Aschenbach. He was believable in his acting, and seemed genuinely tortured. His last notes were especially eerie, though a bit rough.
* Tattling *
The person in Seat 5 of the Box 9 Right on the fourth floor felt that she could simply sit in Seat 1. When an American couple came to claim Seats 1 and 2, the woman in Seat 5 was extremely annoyed. She made a great fuss and her companion, in another box, came in and there was much arguing in a Slavic language. Unfortunately, this was during the music, and they were sternly hushed. Finally they were frightened off by a certain Limburger. After intermission, the nice American couple wished us well, and took off, since they were rather jet-lagged. As mentioned earlier, audience attrition was marked, about 30% of the attendees left.
Apparently Dan Brown attended the this season's opening of La Scala, a performance of Carmen, and mentioned that he could imagine the opera house as a setting for his writing.
December 7-23 2009: Carmen
January 15- February 5 2010: Rigoletto
January 30- February 14 2010: Don Giovanni
February 28- March 16 2010: From the House of the Dead
March 17- April 2 2010: Tannhäuser
April 6-30 2010: Lulu
April 16- May 7 2010: Simon Boccanegra
May 13-29 2010: Das Rheingold
June 18- July 5 2010: Faust
July 9-24 2010: Il barbiere di Siviglia
September 18- October 7 2010: L'occasione fa il ladro
October 2-27 2010: L'elisir d'amore
October 29- November 18 2010: Carmen
Barenboim and Dudamel conduct Carmen, the former also conducts Simon Boccanegra and Das Rheingold. James Conlon conducts Rigoletto, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts From the House of the Dead.
William Friedkin will not direct the opera An Inconvenient Truth.
Before I forget, La Fille du Régiment was mentioned as an opera to be performed at San Francisco Opera in the next few years. Also, William Friedkin is to work on a La Scala/San Francisco Opera co-production of Mefistofele. Earlier this year we heard that Peter Grimes, La Fanciulla del West, Il Trovatore, Il Trittico, The Makropoulos Case, Salomé, and Moby-Dick are also on deck.
William Friedkin will direct An Inconvenient Truth, the opera, which is to open on May 11, 2011 at La Scala.
The July 7, 9, and 11 performances of La Bohème at La Scala have been canceled.
December 4 2008- January 15 2009: Don Carlo
January 16- February 3 2009: The Makropoulos Case
February 5-25 2009: Tristan und Isolde
March 10-27 2009: Alcina
March 24- April 4 2009: I Due Foscari
April 7- May 10 2009: Il Viaggio a Reims
April 24- May 17 2009: The Rake's Progress
May 22- June 12 2009: Assassino nella Cattedrale
June 6-17 2009: A Midsummer Night's Dream
June 20- July 8 2009: Aida
July 13-17 2009: Eugene Onegin (Bolshoi)
September 19- October 6 2009: Orfeo
October 15-30 2009: Idomeneo
La Scala announced their 2008-2009 season today. Dolora Zajick is singing Eboli in Don Carlo. Waltraud Meier sings Isolde, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. Barenboim also conducts Aida next season. Salvatore Licitra shares the role of Radames (Aida) with Walter Fraccaro.The production of The Rake's Progress is the same Lepage one inspired by Giant we had in San Francisco this season. David Daniels sings opposite of Rosemary Joshua in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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