Scala: the first with Macbeth in front of President Mattarella, 12 minutes of final applause and some “buu” for Livermore ALL GUESTS

Al Teatro alla Scala in Milan great success for the Premiere in front of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. The inauguration of the season kicks off with the most anticipated event of the year. The classic curtain of 7 December opened with Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. The direction is by maestro Riccardo Chailly, directed by Davide Livermore (in its fourth “first”). A very long final applause highlighted the great success of the first: applause and standing ovation for all the protagonists of the Scala opera. Enthusiasm skyrockets, flowers thrown towards the stage. Trto the many thunderous applause for the cast of Macbeth, when the director appeared on the stage Davide Livermore from the audience there were also “buuu”. A sign that its contemporary staging has not found the unanimous consent that singers and orchestra have instead received.

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The unbeaten record of applause at La Scala goes to “Armide” by Christoph Willibald Gluck conducted by Riccardo Muti under the direction of Pier Luigi Pizzi, staged on 7 December 1996. The performance of the opera by the eighteenth-century German composer won 20 minutes of applause, which thus still holds the first place in the Scaligero applausometer. In second place “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by maestro Riccardo Chailly and directed by Davide Livermore, which opened the 2019/20 season, winning 16 minutes of final applause.

Even the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, accompanied by his daughter Laura, at the Premiere of Macbeth, in what could be his last presence at the appointment of Sant’Ambrogio da Capo dello Stato. At the entrance, the head of state was greeted by a very long applause, which lasted almost 5 minutes with a collective standing ovation. From the audience numerous shouts of ‘Bis’ addressed to the President of the Republic.

As usual, with the Piermarini room illuminated and the curtain closed, the orchestra conducted by the maestro Riccardo Chailly he sang the hymn by Mameli, also sung by many spectators in the hall.

To welcome him with a handshake, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Living room, the Lombard governor, Attilio Fontana and the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone. Shortly before the president, the president of the Senate, Elisabetta Casellati, also arrived at the Teatro alla Scala.

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«We are happy to host the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella because he has shown his closeness to culture »the superintendent of La Scala Dominique Meyer he emphasized this before Macbeth which today opens the opera season of the theater.

«You are giving us a great one interpretation“. Thus the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, gave his compliments to the orchestral players during the pause of the Prima della Scala where Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth is staged. Maestro Riccardo Chailly pointed out to Mattarella that the public, upon his arrival at the theater before the opera began, «asked him for an encore like the great singers and La Scala. This is very rare ». Finally, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, thanked President Mattarella on behalf of the city, “he has been here in Milan 25 times” in his mandate.

“I told the president Mattarella that here too they asked him for an encore but he did well not to grant it and he started laughing “: this is how one of the orchestra professors that the President of the Republic went to greet during the interval of the Macbeth which inaugurates the Scala season. The president greeted the artists and a representation of the musicians, the choristers and then paused with the conductor Riccardo Chailly. The President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Casellati, who said she was sorry, explained, that the concert in the Senate was postponed. “But he said it’s only postponed.”


A stellar cast, as it has been defined: it is back to inaugurate with Anna Netrebko, Luca Salsi, Francesco Meli and Ildar Abdrazakov, who three years ago had interpreted “Attila” on the Scala stage. An exceptional cast also for the Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala is directed by Maestro Alberto Malazzi, the choreography by Daniel Ezralow, at his Scaligero debut, the sets designed by Giò Forma, the costumes by Gianluca Falaschi, the videos of D-Wok and the lights are by Antonio Castro. Among the confirmed authorities, President Sergio Mattarella – at the second Prima from the election (the first was with “Attila” on 7 December 2018, again with the direction of Chailly and the direction of Livermore) – the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, the president of the Region Attilio Fontana, the mayor Beppe Sala and the former premier Mario Monti.


Chailly, at its eighth season inauguration, closes with Macbeth the “youth trilogy” begun in 2015 with Giovanna d’Arco (libretto by Temistocle Solera da Schiller, world premiere at La Scala in 1845) starring Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli, continued in 2018 with Attila (libretto by Temistocle Solera by Zacharias Werner then revised by Piave, world premiere at the Teatro La Fenice in 1846) directed by Davide Livermore and Ildar Abdrazakov in the eponymous role. “Macbeth is without doubt the best of the three works,” says Chailly. Almost three hours of melodrama in four acts, on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei from: the version is that of 1865 which, as explained by maestro Riccardo Chailly “is the second version, written by Verdi for the staging in Paris of 1865, sung in French, and given for the first time in Italian at La Scala in 1874 ”, with the critical edition by David Lawton published for Ricordi in 2005 with many small differences compared to the previous printed edition. Compared to the 1865 edition, there is the inclusion of Macbeth’s death, with a modulation that is very reminiscent of the beginning of the third Act with Othello’s solo violas.


Among the confirmed authorities, the president Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, the President of the Region Attilio Fontana, the Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala, the former first Mario Monti. Scaliger artists: Roberto Bolle, i tenori Placido Domingo e Yusif Eyvazov, the composer Fabio Vacchi.

From the world of finance, entrepreneurs Diana Bracco and Marco Tronchetti Provera, Mario Monti. Guests Giorgio Armani, who returns to create the floral decorations of the Theater, Stefano Accorsi, Manuel Agnelli, Diodato, Mika, Cesare Cremonini (with his mother), Rodrigo D’Erasmo, Luca Argentero with his wife Cristina Marino, the model Barbara Palvin. Also in the room Liliana Segre, greeted by Mattarella at the end of the first part.

Armani he oversaw the preparation of 51 stages – in addition to the Royal Stage – for a total of ten thousand roses in 4 different shades of orange, and about three thousand branches of orange orchids including varieties of Phalaenopsis, Vanda and Dendrobium. A return to La Scala for this type of setting: the last dates back to 2006 for Aida under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli directed by Maestro Chailly.


From 5:45 pm Rai Cultura live exclusively on Rai1. Commented by Milly Carlucci and Bruno Vespa, with connections by Stefania Battistini from the foyer.

Macbeth’s television direction is by Arnalda Canali, and the show will also be broadcast live on Radio3, on Rai1 HD channel 501 and on RaiPlay (visible for 15 days after the premiere). Tosca’s broadcast on 7 December 2019 totaled 2,800,000 viewers, and over 2,600,000 followed the show “… a riveder le stelle” in 2020. While Rai Com will distribute the work live in cinemas, with more than 30 Italian cinemas involved, and Spain, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Holland and Great Britain are also available, with deferred repeats in the cinemas of Australia, South America, Russia, Belgium, France.

With the Macbeth, the Prima debuts on TikTok, with unpublished content, adding to the Facebook and Twitter channels.

Last updated: Wednesday 8 December 2021, 12:04


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