Milan, 17 June 2014
Dear friends of Teatro alla Scala,
first of all, I wish to express my thanks to you for the loyalty you have shown towards your wonderful Theatre; we could draw up the most fascinating plans – but they would be worthless without your support. It is a great honour, but also a great challenge to live up to your expectations.
The 2014/2015 Season will be considerably difficult for all of us: Teatro alla Scala will remain open all year so that we may represent the city of Milan and Italy during the Expo from 1 May to 31 October 2015.
The Programme of the Opera, Ballet and Concert Season is the fruit of collaboration between Stéphane Lissner and myself: I would like to thank him for his generosity and for the support he extended to me when I took office in the Theatre. I would also like to thank my future collaborators for having offered their backing in the work of programming next Season. I hope you find our choices stimulating and inspiring.
Below I would like to clarify certain matters that I believe to be particularly noteworthy:
1. I would firstly like to draw your attention to Fidelio, the opening opera of the 2014/2015 Season, and to Turandot, the opening opera of Expo 2015.
Fidelio will be conducted by the Musical Director Daniel Barenboim, who will also interpret Schubert’s Sonatas during the Cycle dedicated to the Austrian composer, and will conduct Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.
Turandot will be the first production in the new Cycle dedicated to the operas of Puccini, which is entirely entrusted to Maestro Riccardo Chailly, Principal Conductor from 1 January 2015, who will take over the position of Musical Director in 2017. The Maestro will conduct Verdi’s Requiem in October, establishing a new tradition that will see the Requiem performed every year in this month;
2. As regards Ballet, apart from the great classics in our repertoire, I am pleased to announce a new Nutcracker with choreography by Nacho Duato and a new Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky;
3. La Scala will be devoting particular attention to Operas for children, with a programme featuring performances of famous operas revisited for a junior audience that will last around an hour and a half. The project gives the young artists and musicians of the Teatro alla Scala Academy an opportunity to acquire on-stage experience. For the forthcoming season, we have chosen Rossini’s Cinderella and we hope to perform to around 25,000 children in the city of Milan and the Lombardy Region.
4. In 2015 we will introduce a new programme, La Scala Aperta: tickets for twenty performances of Opera and Ballet chosen from among those in next Season’s Calendar will be sold in the Teatro alla Scala Box Office at half price, one month before each production, to allow people who, for various reasons not the least of which is financial, might otherwise never have an opportunity to experience the theatre.
5. Lastly, to prove that Milan is the gateway to the world during the Expo, we will be inviting the world’s most famous orchestras to a Symphonic Festival that we can guarantee will be truly unique.
I invite you to follow us on this new adventure and I assure you that we will concentrate all our energy, our love for the Theatre, and our enthusiasm to convince you that La Scala must always be a part of your life.
Thank you for your support and your generosity.
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