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 Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

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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. Inspired by Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth, 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. On stage will be characters such as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; 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.


Cornelius Meister
Robert Carsen
Paul Steinberg
Petra Reinhardt


Anthony Michaels-Moore
Jennifer Johnston
Pumeza Matshikizia
David DQ Lee
Alain Coulombe
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