07 December 2021

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The Teatro alla Scala shines again for the Premiere on 7 December.

After the opera season kicked off in 2020 without the audience in the hall, this year we are back live.

Verdi's 'Macbeth' opens the season, in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati and a parterre worthy of great occasions. 

The precautions taken to be able to go on stage were many.

Even the movements on stage, studied by Davide Livermore, who gave a contemporary and "dystopian" setting to the work, are studied on purpose to maintain the distance. 

The 'Macbeth' directed by Riccardo Chailly is contemporary, cinematic, dreamlike. Performing on the stage of the Piermarini are the great stars of opera, habitué of the Prima Scala. The protagonist, Luca Salsi, has already conquered the Scaligero audience in 'Ernani' and will return to La Scala this season as Renato in 'A masquerade ball'. On stage he is now a well-established couple with Anna Netrebko, the famous Russian soprano, also from La Scala, who impersonates a "disturbing" Lady Macbeth, despite her vocal beauty, very far from the "harsh, suffocated and dark" tone. that Verdi himself was looking for for his Lady Macbeth. For Netrebko, this staging is "really special: visual effects, scene changes and even dancing". 

The Genoese tenor Francesco Meli is Macduff, also a voice known and appreciated by the Scala audience. Finally, the Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov plays Banco, Macbeth's nightmare. He made his debut at La Scala 20 years ago and is in his fifth presence on the Milanese stage. "They kill me after the first act - he jokes - but then I come back two and three times as a ghost". 

The characters on stage move in a hypermodern urban context, which resembles the skyline of New York or an Asian metropolis such as Singapore and Hong Kong, a metaphor for a modern labyrinth. And they are the setting for the struggle for power that destroys Macbeth and the other characters. There are many references to the classics of twentieth-century architecture and a tribute to the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi.

Even the costumes are contemporary, monochromatic, and reflect the lines of Italian tailoring.

The choreographies are signed by Daniel Ezralow, historical dancer of Momix and then founder of Iso and choreographer of great pop icons such as David Bowie, Sting, U2.

The 'Macbeth' is broadcast by Rai Cultura exclusively live on Rai1 starting at 5.45pm.

The management is entrusted to Milly Carlucci and Bruno Vespa.

The work can also be followed live on Radio3, on Rai1 HD channel 501 and on RaiPlay.

Lastly, this year, the Prima is also being seen on La Scala's Instagram and Twitter channels.