Milan, Prima della Scala on 7 December with Macbeth: “The audience in the hall will give us energy”

Milan, Prima della Scala on 7 December with Macbeth: “The audience in the hall will give us energy”
Milan, Prima della Scala on 7 December with Macbeth: “The audience in the hall will give us energy”

Milano – “The public is very important. He is one of the main characters for us because without something missing, the energy that must return to us is missing to give even more “. Luca Salsi on the occasion of the press conference for the presentation of the Prima della Scala, for which it will be the Verdi “Macbeth” with the spectators in the hall, after last year’s stop. The soprano Anna Netrebko who will play Lady Macbeth also shares Salsi’s emotions: “I fully understand what December 7 means for the whole of Italy, not just for this wonderful theater. I know how sensitive and passionate people are in making sure that everything be done in the best way. I am with them with all my heart. “

The next will be the seventieth 7 December of the Scala family (in 1951 Victor de Sabata moved the inauguration from 26 December to S. Ambrogio) and therefore takes on particular importance for the city after the edition without public imposed by the pandemic in 2020. Maestro Riccardo Chailly remembers precisely the particular circumstances with which the Covid time work was prepared. “I want to express particular satisfaction for how the orchestra and the choir are facing” this preparation with “absolute participation, discipline and the desire to be involved in this project”. “An important and complex job”, he says, recalling, for example, the rehearsals with the mask made by the choir. As for the soloists “we have a poker of aces”. In addition to Salsi and Netrebko, in the main roles also Ildar Abdrazakov (Banco) and Francesco Meli (Macduff).

And the fourth time that Macbeth opens the season by Piermarini “approximately every 20-25 years”, notes Chailly for whom the title “comes at the end of the triptych by the young Verdi, a trilogy that began with ‘Giovanna D’Arco’ in 2015 and continued with ‘Attila’ in 2018. And ‘a choice that underlines not only the value of the work but the circumstance, this moment of great difficulty and uncertainty in which we all live’.

The director Davide Livermore instead emphasizes; “There is rarely a work that speaks in the present like Macbeth: we imagined we could fathom human possibilities together, but we don’t report, we make art”. The contemporary on stage, explains the director, will give shape to “a nightmare, a sort of ‘Inception’, of dystopian reality in which contemporaneity generates itself in a different way “. In Giò Forma’s scenes there is a skyline that refers to that of big cities. ” It is useless to try to understand where we are – again Livermore – it could be Singapore, New York, Milan. We have reconstructed a world through the our usual game ”.

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