Teatro alla Scala of Milan opens 2013 with Wagner's Lohengrin

Author: Simone Tomirotti
Published: December 08, 2012 at 5:38 am
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I’ve always has been a big fan of Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, better know as “La Scala”. I grow up in a family of melomaniac people, mainly my mother, and I’ve been for several years a season ticket holder of La Scala symphony orchestra concerts.

Anyway, it was a big surprise when I went to Brussels in December 2004, and I found a freepress newspaper in the subway with, in the front page, a picture of La Scala, announcing the premier.

Richard Wagner or Giuseppe Verdi?
Every year, the night of December 7th, there is the first production, in Italian “La prima”, because of the Richard Wagner’s bicentenary of the birth, the 2013 first production will be the Lohengrin.

But 2013 will be the Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentenary of the birth, so why did they choose to perform the German composer instead of an Italian one?

Armando Torno wrote on Corriere della Sera, that in the 1873, when Lohengrin debuted at La Scala, the show «was marred by accidents, controversy of any kind, and the masterpiece of the composer Nibelungen was booed at various times» and about the 2013 perform Torno adds «an orchestral told us: "It's like they opened the season in Bayreuth Wagner with (a Giuseppe Verdi) opera.» Nonethless, this 2012 for Italian people has been a tough year where most of the economical sacrifice came from Europe Union leaded by Germany.

According to Stephane Lissner, governor of the theater La Scala, «The choice of Wagner is 'a demonstration of maturity,' because Wagner belongs to the history of La Scala».

In this interesting video, Nick Reveles explains why performing a Wagner opera is very important: «It’s extremley difficult to cast a Wagner opera these days. It’s not that there are no Wagner singers anymore. It’s the fact that getting the whole cast filled with singers who have similar qualities, good qualities hopefully, and getting them at the same place, in the same time is notoriusly difficult.»

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