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Culture

This year Teatro alla Scala raises the curtain directly in your home

Let's rekindle confidence and hope alongside the Teatro alla Scala

Intesa Sanpaolo is proud to accompany the Teatro alla Scala as a Partner in the event "A riveder le stelle" on December 7than unprecedented evening to testify that art and culture do not stop but continue to offer emotions and faith in the future. The traditional opening night on Saint Ambrose’s Day will not take place this year. Rather, the evening will offer a moment of hope and determination for Italy’s most prestigious theatre, for its musicians, its artists, its singers and for all its employees. The evening will be an opportunity to carry into the homes of Italians and of many other European citizens, a message of trust that speaks the universal language of art, the bearer of emotions, passions and beauty.

La Scala will keep its annual Saint Ambrose’s Day appointment - despite the closure of theatres and the ongoing health emergency – with an evening of music and dance that will be broadcast on Rai 1, Radio 3 and Raiplay starting at 17.00 CET.

And thanks to the LaScalaUNDER30 project, young people can preview interviews with the artists and experience backstage moments. LaScalaUNDER30 is a project that we have supported with enthusiasm since 2005 that offers exclusive previews and initiatives dedicated to those aged 6 to 30 years old.

For over twenty years, we have stood alongside the Teatro alla Scala as a Founder Supporter and main sponsor of the artistic Season. We support the December 7th event ‘A riveder le stelle’ – ‘To see again the stars’ – which evokes the closing words of Dante Alighieri's Inferno, alluding to the hope for a quick return to normality after this long emergency. A period in which our Group’s attention and support to culture and the arts has never wavered, in line with La Scala’s strategy, just as we have maintained our commitment to addressing the health, economic and social needs of Italy.

With the organization and guidance of the Teatro alla Scala’s Superintendent and Artistic Director Dominique Meyer, of Music Director Maestro Riccardo Chailly and of director Davide Livermore, the greatest étoiles of our time will be in Milan to display their steadfast support to a theatre strongly hit by the pandemic. This will be more than an evening of singers and dancers, orchestra conductors and choir artists. It will also be that of the technicians, tailors, set designers, and all those workers who after the recovery in September, when La Scala presented a program of 66 performance nights until December 7th, had to suspend their activities once again.

The journey into the enchantment of the Theatre will focus on the Italian repertoire but will also include works by great European composers. It will begin with extracts from Giuseppe Verdi’s operas and continue with Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet, Richard Wagner and Gioachino Rossini. The music of the ballet is by Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij, Davide Dileo, Erik Satie and Giuseppe Verdi. The choreography is by Manuel Legris (who will contribute to the evening with Verdi Suite, a tribute to Italian music), Rudolf Nureyev and Massimiliano Volpini.

La Scala’s call was answered by singers Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Plácido Domingo, Rosa Feola, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi, Andreas Schager, Ludovic Tézier and Sonya Yoncheva.

The part dedicated to ballet, directed by Maestro Michele Gamba, will feature the étoile Roberto Bolle, the first dancers Timofej Andrijashenko, Martina Arduino, Claudio Coviello, Nicoletta Manni and Virna Toppi, and the soloists Marco Agostino and Nicola Del Freo.

The stage setting, comprising the Theatre with the Orchestra at the centre of the platea and the artists positioned not only at center stage but also linked to other stages and spaces of the building and workshops, is a work signed by the director together with Giò Forma, with digital stage sets by D-Wok. Thanks to an agreement between the Teatro alla Scala and the National Chamber for Italian Fashion, some of the most prestigious Italian designers will dress the artists on stage, with the coordination of costume designer Gianluca Falaschi.

On this unique occasion, we once again support culture, believing in its value as fuel for the civil and economic growth of the country.

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