A young cast for L’elisir d’amore directed by Michele Gamba

A young cast for L’elisir d’amore directed by Michele Gamba
A young cast for L’elisir d’amore directed by Michele Gamba
Michele Gamba

While Milan pays homage Tullio Pericoli with the great retrospective “Fragments” at the Royal Palace, the Teatro alla Scala will resume from 9 November The elixir of love by Gaetano Donizetti with his colorful and poetic scenes, now an authentic Scaligero classic, animated by the direction of Grischa Asagaroff. Directs Michele Gamba; the cast ranks Aida Garifullina like Adina, Paolo Fanale e Vittorio Grigolo come Nemorino, Davide Luciano come Belcore e Giulio Mastrototaro come Dulcamara.

After the test of virtuosity and sensitivity offered in the world premiere of Madina by Fabio Vacchi, Michele Gamba returns to the Scaligero podium by resuming this staging that he had already directed in 2019 and which followed the successful substitutions of Michele Mariotti in the I due Foscari e di Franz Welser-Möst ne The Marriage of Figaro. The thirty-six year old Milanese director, expected again at La Scala in 2022 for the new production of Rigoletto Verdi directed by Mario Martone, continues to alternate Italian melodrama (he also returned to the Maggio Fiorentino for Linda at Chamounix) to contemporary music: on Tuesday 16 November at La Scala will again lead the Verdi Orchestra for Milano Musica: on the lecterns in Italian premiere the new piano concert by Rebecca Saunders to an utterance performed by Nicolas Hodges as well as pages by Rihm and Britten.

The part of Adina marks the authentic Scala debut of Aida Garifullina, expected as Musetta in the Bohemia canceled by the pandemic in October 2020 and heard in its aria in concert and then in theShout for joy by Mozart in the Christmas Concert in streaming directed by Michele Mariotti. The career of the young Kazan soprano took a turning point in 2013 when she was chosen by Valery Gergiev to join the Mariinskij company and won Operalia; in 2014 he joined the company of the Vienna Opera and signed a contract with Decca. Since then she sings on stages all over the world. Born in Palermo, Paolo Fanale it has established itself internationally in theaters such as the Metropolitan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Paris Opera, the Covent Garden and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and in Italy at La Scala, the Rome Opera, the Florence Opera , at the San Carlo in Naples. In 2012 he sang Mozart’s Messe K139 and Schubert’s D950 in Salzburg under the direction of Claudio Abbado. In October Ferrando will be in So do all of them in Berlin directed by Daniel Barenboim, while some of the future projects are noteworthy The clemency of Tito to Las Palmas and Rule at the Liceu in Barcelona.

Vittorio Grigolo he made his debut at a very young age at La Scala under the baton of Riccardo Muti in November 2000 in the inaugural concert of the Verdian Year. He has since returned regularly to Piermarini playing Tony in West Side Story, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi directed by Riccardo Chailly, Rodolfo in Bohemia, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Nemorino nell’Elixir of love, Edgardo in the Lucia of Lammermoor and Roméo in Romeo and Juliet. On 7 December 2020 he participated in the evening “… to see the stars again” directed by Riccardo Chailly.

Davide Luciano gained international popularity last summer at the Salzburg Festival playing the title role in the Don Giovanni directed by Teodor Currentzis with the direction of Romeo Castellucci, while in the coming months he will be Conte nelle Marriage of Figaro directed by Antonio Pappano in London, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at ENO, again Don Giovanni under the direction of Rousset in Liège. Raised at the Accademia Rossiniana, Luciano is one of the Rossinian baritones of reference of our time: in the coming months he will return to play the role of Figaro at the San Carlo and the Opera di Roma.

Giulio Mastrototaro recently performed Don Geronio in the new Scala production of Turkish in Italy enjoying great personal success. In the coming months he will be in Florence for The husband of three and the husband of none by Cherubini directed by Diego Fasolis and in Stuttgart for The Barber of Seville (Bartolo). Born in Riva del Garda, Mastrototaro wins the As.Li.Co. in 2004 and embarked on a career that, passing from the Valle d’Itria Festival, took him to major festivals (including Salzburg with Muti) and to the main theaters, from the Maggio Fiorentino to the Opera di Roma.

Grischa Asagaroff he directed the original edition of the show, with sets and costumes by Tullio Pericoli, staged at the Zurich opera in 1995 under the direction of Nello Santi. The scenes of the great painter and draftsman were then resumed at La Scala in 1998 and 2001 under the direction of Ugo Chiti. In October 2010, however, the staging designed by Laurent Pelly inspired by Italian neorealism was staged; the scenes of Pericoli were then resumed by Asagaroff in 2015 at the Piermarini and also in a series of performances directed by Fabio Luisi at La Scala and at Malpensa airport, and finally in 2019 under the direction of Michele Gamba.

9, 14 (2.30pm), 17, 21 (2.30pm), 23 November 2021

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

Playful melodrama in two acts

from GAETANO DONIZETTI

on libretto by Felice Romani

(Critical edition by A. Zedda; Casa Ricordi, Milan)

Teatro alla Scala production

Director MICHELE GAMBA

Direction GRISCHA ASAGAROFF

Scenes and costumes TULLIO DANGERS

Lights HANS-RUDOLF KUNZ

Lights taken from Marco Filibeck

Main characters and performers

Adina Aida Garifullina

Nemorino Paolo Fanale (9, 14, 21)

Vittorio Grigolo (17, 23)

Belcore Davide Luciano

Dulcamara Giulio Mastrototaro

Giannetta Francesca Pia Vitale

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