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Excelsior

Teatro alla Scala Production

From 20 January to 9 February 2012

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes intermissions included

Notes on the performancesOpen 
In 1881, La Scala’s curtain opened for the first time on Excelsior, “a choreographic composition, historical, allegorical, imaginary, in six acts and eleven scenes” celebrating the triumph of Light and Civilization over Obscurantism. To a libretto and choreography by Luigi Manzotti, score by Romualdo Marenco and sets by Alfredo Edel, the ballet features the steamship, Volta’s battery, telegraphy, the Suez Canal and the Mont Cenis Tunnel in a celebration of the achievements of scientific and industrial Progress, uniting humanity in a common bond.

Excelsior was an extraordinary success, enjoying a run of more than 100 performances in its first season at home and a series of tours abroad, thanks to its symbolic and allegorical worth, which embodied the spirit of the age.

The new 1967 Crivelli/Dell’Ara/Carpi/Coltellacci production, in performance at La Scala since 1974, offers a lighter version of the original in its construction, orchestration, mime and cast (originally numbering over 500 extras) while maintaining the creativity of Manzotti’s ballet and the nostalgic flavour of the Italian spirit in dance.

Roberto Bolle will open La Scala’s 2011/2012 ballet season.

Direction 

Choreography
Ugo Dell'Ara
Staging
Filippo Crivelli
revived by
Patrizia Frini
Music
Romualdo Marenco
Musical review
Fiorenzo Carpi and Bruno Nicolai
Conductor
David Coleman
Alessandro Ferrari (8 Feb.)
Sets
Giulio Coltellacci
by
Michele Della Cioppa
Costumes
Giulio Coltellacci

Étoile 

Roberto Bolle
20, 22, 25 January

Guest Artist 

Alina Somova
20, 22, 25 January

Detailed cast 

Friday 20 January 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Massimo Garon
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Francesca Podini
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Serena Sarnataro
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Petra Conti
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Andrea Volpintesta
The English
Alessandro Grillo
The Indian Girl
Sabrina Brazzo
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Roberto Bolle
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Sunday 22 January 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Massimo Garon
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Francesca Podini
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Serena Sarnataro
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Andrea Volpintesta
The English
Alessandro Grillo
The Indian Girl
Sabrina Brazzo
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Roberto Bolle
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Wednesday 25 January 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Massimo Garon
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Francesca Podini
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Serena Sarnataro
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Andrea Volpintesta
The English
Alessandro Grillo
The Indian Girl
Sabrina Brazzo
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Roberto Bolle
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Thursday 2 February 2012 - 2.30 pm
The Light
Sofia Rosolini
Obscurantism
Christian Fagetti
The Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Glory
Deborah Gismondi
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Serena Sarnataro
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Lara Montanaro
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Andrea Volpintesta
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Carlo Di Lanno
The Indian Girl
Beatrice Carbone
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Federico Fresi
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Thursday 2 February 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Riccardo Massimi
The Civilization
Petra Conti
The Glory
Deborah Gismondi
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Serena Sarnataro
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Lara Montanaro
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Antonella Albano
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Andrea Volpintesta
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Petra Conti
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Federico Fresi
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Carlo Di Lanno
The Indian Girl
Sofia Rosolini
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Eris Nezha
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Saturday 4 February 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Sofia Rosolini
Obscurantism
Christian Fagetti
The Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Glory
Deborah Gismondi
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Daniela Cavalleri
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Deborah Gismondi
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Andrea Volpintesta
The English
Alessandro Grillo
The Indian Girl
Beatrice Carbone
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Antonino Sutera
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
Thursday 9 February 2012 - 8 pm
The Light
Francesca Podini
Obscurantism
Riccardo Massimi
The Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Glory
Deborah Gismondi
The Valour
Emanuela Montanari
The Invention
Beatrice Carbone
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Daniela Cavalleri
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Lara Montanaro
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Deborah Gismondi
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Emanuela Montanari
Denis Papin
Andrea Volpintesta
Volta Alessandro
Matteo Buongiorno
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Antonella Albano
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Andrea Volpintesta
The English
Alessandro Grillo
The Indian Girl
Sofia Rosolini
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Antonino Sutera
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Matteo Buongiorno
and Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company
Voice of Luigi Manzotti
Edoardo Borioli
With the appearance of the students of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Academy
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