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Excelsior

Ugo Dell'Ara

A choreographic composition, historical, allegorical, imaginary in two parts and eleven scenes by Luigi Manzotti

 

 
 

Ballet Company and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala

Students of the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

Featuring Edoardo Borioli's voice as Luigi Manzotti


Teatro alla Scala Production

 

 

 

From 11 to 25 July 2015

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes intermission included

Notes on the performancesOpen 
In 1881, against the background of the new century, and on the eve of the National Exposition, which projected Milan beyond the Po Valley confines of the recently unified Italy, La Scala’s curtain rose for Excelsior, whose choreographic, historical, allegorical and imaginative action celebrated the triumph of Light and Civilization over Obscurantism. With libretto and choreography by Luigi Manzotti, music by Romualdo Marenco and scenery by Alfredo Edel, we are treated to the steamboat, the Voltaic pile, the telegraph, the Suez canal, and the Mont Cenis tunnel: an acclamation of the conquests of scientific and technological Progress, which brings people together and promotes brotherhood. An original and utterly Italian spectacle, a lively colossus charged with optimism, Excelsior was an extraordinary success all over the world, as an incarnation of the spirit of the times. The new edition created in 1967 by Crivelli, Dell’Ara, Carpi, and Coltellacci - at La Scala from 1974 - lightened the construction, the orchestration, the pantomime and the core of the original, but keeps intact the inspiration of Manzotti’s “ballo grande” and the old-fashioned flavour of the Italian spirit in dance.

Direction 

Music
Romualdo Marenco
Musical review
Fiorenzo Carpi and Bruno Nicolai
Choreography
Ugo Dell'Ara
Staging
Filippo Crivelli
Conductor
David Coleman
Sets and costumes
Giulio Coltellacci
Lights
Marco Filibeck

Guest artists 

Alina Somova
(11, 13, 15)
Federico Bonelli
(11, 13, 15)

Detailed cast 

Saturday 11 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Mick Zeni
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Virna Toppi
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Vittoria Valerio
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Deborah Gismondi
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Antonella Albano
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Virna Toppi
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Federico Fresi
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Christian Fagetti
The Indian Girl
Antonina Chapkina
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Federico Bonelli
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Monday 13 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Mick Zeni
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Virna Toppi
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Vittoria Valerio
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Deborah Gismondi
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Antonella Albano
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Virna Toppi
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Federico Fresi
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Christian Fagetti
The Indian Girl
Antonina Chapkina
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Federico Bonelli
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Wednesday 15 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Mick Zeni
The Civilization
Alina Somova
The Glory
Virna Toppi
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Vittoria Valerio
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Deborah Gismondi
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Antonella Albano
Valentino, boater
Maurizio Licitra
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Virna Toppi
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Alina Somova
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Federico Fresi
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Christian Fagetti
The Indian Girl
Antonina Chapkina
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Federico Bonelli
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Thursday 16 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Virna Toppi
Obscurantism
Massimo Garon
The Civilization
Nicoletta Manni
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Vittoria Valerio
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Antonella Albano
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Nicoletta Manni
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Angelo Greco
The Spanish
Mick Zeni
The English
Marco Agostino
The Indian Girl
Marta Romagna
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Timofej Andrijashenko
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Saturday 18 July 2015 - 2.30 pm
The Light
Antonina Chapkina
Obscurantism
Marco Agostino
The Civilization
Virna Toppi
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Alessandra Vassallo
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Antonella Albano
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Virna Toppi
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Angelo Greco
The Spanish
Mick Zeni
The English
Emanuele Cazzato
The Indian Girl
Marta Romagna
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Nicola Del Freo
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Saturday 18 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Christian Fagetti
The Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Alessandra Vassallo
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Serena Sarnataro
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Marco Messina
The Spanish
Massimo Garon
The English
Marco Agostino
The Indian Girl
Virna Toppi
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Antonino Sutera
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Tuesday 21 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Antonina Chapkina
Obscurantism
Marco Agostino
The Civilization
Virna Toppi
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Vittoria Valerio
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Monica Vaglietti
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Lusymay Di Stefano
Valentino, boater
Angelo Greco
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Chiara Fiandra
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Virna Toppi
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Marco Messina
The Spanish
Nicola Del Freo
The English
Emanuele Cazzato
The Indian Girl
Marta Romagna
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Antonino Sutera
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Wednesday 22 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Virna Toppi
Obscurantism
Massimo Garon
The Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Alessandra Vassallo
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife
Monica Vaglietti
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Lusymay Di Stefano
Valentino, boater
Angelo Greco
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Gaia Andreanò
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Chinese
Andreas Lochmann
The Turk
Marco Messina
The Spanish
Nicola Del Freo
The English
Marco Agostino
The Indian Girl
Antonina Chapkina
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Federico Fresi
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
Saturday 25 July 2015 - 8 pm
The Light
Marta Romagna
Obscurantism
Christian Fagetti
The Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Glory
Paola Giovenzana
The Valour
Chiara Fiandra
The Invention
Alessandra Vassallo
The Concord
Giulia Schembri
The Constance
Antonella Albano
Giorgio, the landlord
Salvatore Perdichizzi
Kunegonda, his wife
Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fianceé to Valentino
Lusymay Di Stefano
Valentino, boater
Federico Fresi
Laura
Paola Giovenzana
Denis Papin
Riccardo Massimi
Volta Alessandro
Alessandro Grillo
The Fulgor
Gaia Andreanò
The Cosmopolitic Civilization
Vittoria Valerio
The Chinese
Fabio Saglibene
The Turk
Maurizio Licitra
The Spanish
Mick Zeni
The English
Marco Agostino
The Indian Girl
Virna Toppi
The Indian drum player
Matthew Endicott
The Slave
Angelo Greco
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia)
Matthew Endicott
French Engineer (from Modane)
Riccardo Massimi
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