Review the video of the opening of the exhibition on March 21 at the following link.
Arturo Toscanini, the most celebrated conductor of all time, was born in Parma on 25th March 1867.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 60th of his death, this exhibition (virtual tour) examines The Life and Legend of an Immortal Maestro, a man who raised the Teatro alla Scala to a new degree of musical excellence. At the same time, the exhibition also aims to pay tribute to the man who remained faithful to the democratic ideals of Mazzini and Garibaldi. Over the last sixty years, Toscanini’s name has come to be synonymous with scrupulousness, talent and passion. Musical perfectionism, dedication, absolute commitment to the performance are all themes bound up with his role as an artist and an organiser.
On display are images arranged in four sections which reflect certain aspects of his life and work.
The Music, first of all: the unmistakeable, nervous gesture that made him famous throughout the world. The Maestro’s preferred composers were especially Wagner, whom he loved greatly and performed regularly at La Scala; Beethoven, who is loved by Italian audiences thanks to him; Verdi, with whom he was in personal contact; and Puccini, some of whose works he was to conduct on their world debuts.
La Scala, his second home, where he was the resident conductor three times and where he frequently returned. Under his guidance, the Teatro became a modern theatre. The singers’ egocentrism was restrained. Encores were banned. Ladies were no longer allowed to wear hats that blocked the view of those sitting behind them. The role of the conductor became the role of the prime director of the performance. The exhibition revisits some of the most famous performances conducted by Toscanini at La Scala, operas such as Turandot by Puccini, Nerone by Arrigo Boito, and Wagner’s Mastersingers of Nuremburg.
The Fame that was previously unknown for the conductor of an orchestra, testified by front covers and by the public’s affection. Toscanini became a media personality when he chose to abandon the theatre in order to dedicate his time to broadcasting the classical repertoire, on the radio, to a wider public. The role of conductor is identified with his uncompromising character and his perfectionism.
The Life, finally, with some private moments, his extraordinary encounters and the public occasion on which Toscanini manifested not only his artistic, but also his moral standards. Watch the video about Toscanini's life by Harvey Sachs.
The exhibition is open to the public every day from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm.
Admission to the exhibition is included in the ticket to the Museum.
from 22 March to 20 August 2017
Arturo Toscanini. La vita e il mito di un maestro immortale
by Franco Pulcini and Harvey Sachs
Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Largo Ghiringhelli 1