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Giorgio Battistelli

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala

Treble Voices Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

New Teatro alla Scala Production
World Premiere - Commissioned by Teatro alla Scala

 

From 16 to 29 May 2015

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Sung in English with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
An opera-denunciation on the future of a by-now “terminally ill” Earth, a poor planet that deserves greater indignation on the part of a humanity slumbering in the face of an environment in its death throes. The performance imagines the nightmare scenario of the destruction of the world. It does so going beyond mythology and ideology, even beyond the epic of the entire operatic tradition. The musical architecture of Giorgio Battistelli (1953) transfigures the asymmetric forms of nature; it revives nature, giving expression to the lament of the elements of the Earth in its current state of suffering. The backdrops are the Kyoto Conference, No-Global demonstrations, endangered species, cities at the mercy of hurricanes, civilizations exposed to the risks of climate change, the dumb indifference of the irresponsible, and the ignorance of the impotent masses. The staging was created by the genius director Robert Carsen, who is always attentive to the conservationism issue, as those who have seen his Candide by Bernstein will recall.

Direction 

Conductor
Cornelius Meister
Staging
Robert Carsen
Libretto
Ian Burton
Sets
Paul Steinberg
Costumes
Petra Reinhardt
Lights
Robert Carsen
Peter van Praet
Video
Finn Ross
Choreography
Marco Berriel

Cast 

D. Adamson
Anthony Michaels-Moore
Indian Temple Singer
Jennifer Johnston
Archangel Raphael
5th Man (English) - Airport
Dennis Wilgenhof
Archangel Uriel
3rd Man (German) - Airport
Alain Coulombe
Archangel Gabriel
Mrs Mason
2nd soprano - Airport
Orla Boylan
Archangel Michael
4th Man (Spanish) - Airport
Alessandro Spina
2nd Scientist
2nd Man - Airport
Miklos Sebestyén
1st Scientist
6th Man (French) -Airport
Nathan Berg
1st Ecologist
1st Soprano- Airport
1st Woman -Supermarket
Fatma Said*
2nd Ecologist
Mr Changtalay
1st Man (French) - Airport
Ta'u Pupu'a
Eve
Pumeza Matshikiza
Serpent
David DQ Lee
Gaia
Jennifer Johnston
Adam
Sean Panikkar
Delegato inglese a Kyoto
Sehoon Moon *
Delegato giapponese a Kyoto
2nd Woman - Supermarket
Aya Wakizono*
Delegato arabo a Kyoto
Azer Rza-Zada*
Delegato russo a Kyoto
3rd Woman - Supermarket
Petro Ostapenko*
4th Woman - Supermarket
Kwanghyun Kim*
5th Woman - Supermarket
Davide Giangregorio*
*Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy


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