Eleven minutes of applause: this is how the under 30 public greeted Macbeth at the end with the direction of Davide Livermore and the direction of Riccardo Chailly who will open the La Scala season on 7 December. Applause for all made in many cases by navigating to take pictures and perhaps some videos with the mobile phone: to the choir directed by Alberto Malazzi, to the children’s choir directed by Bruno Casoni, to the orchestra, to the soloists by the tenor Francesco Meli (Mcduff) at the bass Ildar Abdtazakov (Banco). But real enthusiastic roars to Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) and to the baritone Luca Salsi, a very satisfied Macbeth. And applause also for Chailly and for the direction of Davide Livermore who convinced the young audience.
The youth preview of Macbeth is a celebration which will inaugurate the La Scala season on 7 December. And it is more so than in the past, a sort of revenge after the stop from year to year due to Covid for the under 30s who burned the tickets for sale online in a few hours. In general they are older than in the first years when there were also ten-year-old or middle-school children. And they are the first to say that the Prima this time “is a little more heartfelt”.
“It’s beautiful. They’re dressed for the party,” says superintendent Dominique Meyer as young men in capes (in the sense that they are wearing a cloak) or with blue sequin bomber jackets, girls in long dresses (very popular in red) or tartan coat pass by. and blue hair. And there are also those who arrive in jeans to run to change clothes in the bathrooms and go out in a long dress with Clarks on their feet. He stops to talk, tells them anecdotes like when he saw the works from the gallery “because that’s how it begins”. “It’s a good thing – he tells reporters – Life resumes, let’s go on”. For someone the first under 30 is a habit. Simone, 28 years old and mother of classical guitarist, is at the fourth inauguration. Third time for Giulia, classical dancer and medical student. Second time also for Giulia. Same name and almost the same job Giulia in fact not only has a degree in medicine but works at “Humanitas and Covid has dealt with it every day.” events now “he says. First time for Zaid and Anders, the first doctor and the second public official, opera enthusiasts who arrived on purpose from Norway thanks to the Juvenilia association.
The work enchants them. Starting from the direction of Davide Livermore who chooses a diabolical future, a mobile scenography that rises and falls with a backdrop made of giant led walls. “I liked the setting – says 23-year-old Anita, who has had a season ticket at La Scala since 2017 – I already knew the opera but it’s so different. And I was a bit impressed to see the theater so full”. Thomas, a protagonist for a decade, says he did not appreciate the beginning “with the car where Macbeth and Banco are spinning while the scenography is also turning because it makes your head spin but then the work started to run”. “Brilliant” comments the young architect Angelo. “Great Netrebko and also Luca Salsi like Macbeth. He is also Abdrazakov. It is a pity that as Banco he dies immediately” continues Silvia. “This is the first time I’ve seen singers of this caliber” adds Alessio, a Genoese who works in Zurich. Everyone agrees on one thing: it was worth going to the theater. This time even more.
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