“Me, mask of La Scala. Magic role” – Chronicle

“Me, mask of La Scala. Magic role” – Chronicle
“Me, mask of La Scala. Magic role” – Chronicle

by Grazia Lissi “I started at the Arcimboldi, the Scala arrived as if by magic” says Michela Porta, a professional Scaligera mask. Passionate about opera, music and ballet, she is still dazed and happy to have been present on the evening of the Premiere. The masks dressed in black, with their neck medallion on which the facade of the Teatro alla Scala is represented are an integral part of the …

by Grazia Lissi

“I started at the Arcimboldi, La Scala arrived as if by magic” says Michela Porta, a professional Scaligera mask. Passionate about opera, music and ballet, she is still dazed and happy to have been present on the evening of the Premiere. The masks dressed in black, with their neck medallion on which the facade of the Teatro alla Scala is represented, are an integral part of the “Temple of opera”. Do you want to talk about the profession of the mask?

“Many think that our job is only to accompany the spectator to the seat before the show; instead our commitment is constant, we are present during rehearsals, auditions, competitions, press conferences”.

How do you live on the evening of the inauguration?

“December has always been my favorite month, as a child I counted the days until Christmas. Now it means Prima della Scala, an event that is already felt in the theater in November, since the orchestra rehearsals begin, those with the artists, the ensemble rehearsals up to the general, the Primina and December 7. At the first Sant’Ambrogio I had the same emotions I experienced the other night with Macbeth, it is extraordinary how much La Scala makes you participate “.

What inauguration remained in your heart?

“In 2004, hired for two days, I witnessed the reopening of Piermarini with Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta, directed by Muti. In 2019 the work chosen was Tosca, my favorite, directed by Maestro Chailly, directed by Livermore. Last year year, despite the emergency due to the pandemic, La Scala did not abandon its audience and managed, however, to excite it: there were no spectators in the hall but the intensity of that concert, the artists, the Director created synergy particularly with the listeners in front of the TV. This is La Scala, for me it is always an honor to be present “.

How long have you been working as a mask?

“This is my 17th December 7th and I consider it a great luck; I was able to share moments of immense happiness with various spectators”.

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