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@ Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 11 to 25 July 2015
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

Teatro alla Scala Production

 

 

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes intermission included

 

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 artist 

Alina Somova (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 Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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 Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana 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 Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana 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 Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana 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 Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana 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 Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana 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, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana Marta Romagna
The Indian drum player Gianluca Schiavoni
The Slave  Antonino Sutera
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia) Marco Messina
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, fiancée 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
Mora Indiana Antonina Chapkina
The Indian drum player Gianluca Schiavoni
The Slave  Federico Fresi
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia) Marco Messina
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 Gianluca Schiavoni
Kunegonda, his wife Adeline Souletie
Fanny, fiancée to Valentino Serena Sarnataro
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
Mora Indiana Virna Toppi
The Indian drum player Gianluca Schiavoni
The Slave  Angelo Greco
Italian Engineer (from Bardonecchia) Marco Messina
French Engineer (from Modane) Riccardo Massimi
Notes on performances

 

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.