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New Season 2012/2013
The 2012-2013 Season is dedicated almost entirely to two composers, the bicentennial of whose birth is being celebrated in 2013: Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.
The bill contains 21 titles: fifteen Operas and six Ballets. Of these, eight are new productions of La Scala theatre, three new productions for La Scala audiences, nine are revivals and one is a guest performance.
There will be only two exceptions to the Verdi-Wagner pairing: a new opera making its first Italian performance, A Dog's Heart by Aleksandr Raskatov, based in the satirical novel by Bulgakov, and La scala di seta by Rossini, an early opera which he wrote at twenty years of age, to be staged as a showcase piece for La Scala’s Academy.
Conductors. Stepping onto the podium to conduct the lyric, symphonic and ballet seasons will be (in order of appearance): von Dohnányi, Barenboim, Conlon, Ticciati, Harding, Luisotti, Haenschen, Gergiev, Frizza, Rustioni, Rousset, Luisi, D’Espinosa, Noseda, Metzmacher and Dudamel.
Singers. The calendar features some of the most appreciated voices of the present time, such as Pape, Kaufmann, Harteros, Tomasson, Herlitzius, Lucic, Maestri, Terfel, Capitanucci, Demuro, Frittoli, Lungu, Barcellona, Nucci, Antonenko, Kowaliow, Monastyrska, Garcia, Anger, Kampe, Vogt, Plowright, Szot, Vassilieva, Vassallo, Kocán, Secco, Sartori, Ganassi, Agresta, Pertusi, Storey, Theorin, Samuil, Meier, Álvarez, Radvanovsky, Dyka, Cornetti, Ciofi, Cavalletti, Serafin, Gubanova, Krasteva, He, Berti, De Leon, Anastassov, Spotti, Volle, Kränzle, Bronder, Larsson, O’Neill, Petrenko, Ryan, Uusitalo, Tsymbalyuk, Grochowski, Prudenskaya, Grigolo, Goerne, DiDonato, Gheorghiu, and Flórez.
For the Ballet Season, the Etoiles of La Scala Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru and Svetlana Zakharova will be joined by stars such as Aurélie Dupont, Natalia Osipova, and Ivan Vasiliev.
The production will see the curtain rise 280 times, bringing audiences operas, ballets, symphonic concerts, choral works and chamber music, guest appearances, special exhibitions, and activities held inside and outside the Teatro alla Scala.
The artistic casts of La Scala will hold 23 evenings in international tours in Germany (Berlin), in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya), and in China (Beijing).