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Teatro alla Scala, Milano

A Riveder le Stelle


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Under the title of “A Riveder le Stelle” —the last sentence of Dante’s Inferno— the gala that inaugurated the 2020 Opera Season brought together more than twenty voices from among the most important on the international scene, in a show opera and dance with stage direction by Davide Livermore.

The gala, which was held behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions, and broadcast live for Italian television, brings together several operatic scenes from works such as Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi or Don Giovanni by Mozart, with choreographies by Rudolf Nureyev, Massimiliano Volpini and Manuel Legris. Among the performances, there were also readings such as the letters by Giuseppe Verdi or writings by Victor Hugo.

Director Riccardo Chailly conducted the theater’s orchestra. All performances were directed by Italian director Davide Livermore, while the artists’ costumes were curated by Italian fashion masters such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino.

This prima of La Scala will be remembered for the excellent work of stage director Davide Livermore, who knew how to go beyond a traditional gala to create a product that is as intelligent as it is emotional. Coordinating different scenography, he devised an interesting dramaturgy through living paintings with the aim of transmitting an optimistic message of hope without forgetting tributes and a subtle political criticism, all seasoned with a selection of literary texts as appropriate and beautiful.

With: Ildar Abdrazakov, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczała, Benjamin Bernheim, Plácido Domingo, Marianne Crebassa, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi, Ludovic Tézier, Sonya Yoncheva and many more.




ConductorRiccardo Chailly

DirectorDavid Livermore

CastIldar Abdrazakov | Carlos Álvarez | Piotr Beczala | Benjamin Bernheim and more

Total running time3h07

Date of performance2020-12-07

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