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The Nutcracker Preview for Young People

Nacho Duato

Libretto by Marius Petipa after the fairytale by E. T. A. Hoffmann revised by Nacho Duato


Ballet Company and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala

Treble Voices Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala Academy conducted by Bruno Casoni

New Teatro alla Scala Production


Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes intermission included

Notes on the performancesOpen 
The most Christmassy of the classics in the repertoire, The Nutcracker will light up the holidays with the charm of a dreamy fairy tale, which opens the new Ballet Season at La Scala with the harmonious grace of Tchaikovsky’s score; multi-faceted, versatile and rich in colour, the enchantment of the snowflakes, a poetic world of gentle nostalgia for childhood that transforms into the anxieties of adolescence. In his "Russian period" at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Nacho Duato has faced several classic titles; in December 2013 his Nutcracker made its debut; substantially with the same plot, only with a few elements of synthesis, the scenery and costumes, of the famous French artist Jérôme Kaplan, are completely in keeping with classical tradition, with elements of refined humor. On the podium, a great interpreter of the Russian repertoire, Vladimir Fedoseyev. On stage Roberto Bolle and Maria Eichwald.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nacho Duato
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Sets and costumes
Jérôme Kaplan


Roberto Bolle
(17 Dec.)

Guest artist 

Maria Eichwald
(17 Dec.)


Maria Eichwald
The Nutcracker/Prince
Roberto Bolle
Giuseppe Conte
Mr. Stahlbaum
Alessandro Grillo
Mrs. Stahlbaum
Emanuela Montanari
Valerio Lunadei
Marco Messina
Virna Toppi
Federico Fresi
The Mouse King
Emanuele Cazzato
Spanish Dance
Emanuela Montanari, Alessandro Grillo
Soloist Arabian Dance
Francesca Podini
Chinese Dance
Stefania Ballone, Marta Gerani, Eugenio Lepera, Valerio Lunadei
Russian Sailors
Salvatore Perdichizzi, Marco Messina, Fabio Saglibene, Timofej Andrijashenko
French Dance
Alessandra Vassallo, Marco Agostino
Soloists Waltz
Virna Toppi, Vittoria Valerio, Giulia Schembri, Chiara Fiandra, Federico Fresi, Walter Madau, Angelo Greco, Andreas Lochmann
Marionettes animation by Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla & Sons
Recorded narrating voice by Michele Nani

With the support of
Banca del Monte
Teatro alla Scala