Wagner is part of history and reaches beyond the stage. La Scala, therefore, has decided to offer audiences of the Ring a portrait of the composer and man of the theatre, in two great films. Both will be shown in the sala del Piermarini, and are very different from, but complementary to each other.
The first is amasterpiece: Ludwig (1973), directed by Luchino Visconti, who founded modern operatic direction at La Scala and towhomthe Theatre pays homage. The second is Tony Palmer’s Wagner (1983) with a star-studded cast, including Richard Burton, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir JohnGielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.
Visconti’s film is to be shown in the recently restored integral version in which the genius of the director lifts the veil on the insanity of Wagner’s patron, Ludwig II, king of Bavaria. The British tv serial, which lasts almost eight hours, is one of the most beautiful musical biographies evermade for both the small and the big screens.
Tickets € 10.00 – Teatro alla Scala Central Box Office, Piazza del Duomo, Galleria del Sagrato (MMDuomo) – on sale from19/04/2013
Invitations will be reserved for Der Ring Subscribers (upon reservation).
19, 26 June 2013, ore 18
Directed by Luchino Visconti (1973)
Helmut Berger, Trevor Howard,
Silvana Mangano, Romy Schneider
(duration 4 hours and 20 minutes, intermission included)
21, 28 June 2013, ore 14
Directed by Tony Palmer (1983)
Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud,
Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson
(duration of the film 7 hours and 46 minutes with 2 intermissions of 30 minutes each and an introduction of 20 minutes by director Tony Palmer)