Broadcast: I Masnadieri Broadcast: I Masnadieri

The opening night of a new production of Verdi’s opera (plus Lisette Oropesa‘s La Scala debut!) will be broadcast live starting at 2:00 PM.

on June 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM
Touch me in the mourning Touch me in the mourning

“How far should we give way to grief? How far dare we, without disaster?”

on June 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM
Whenever you cough Whenever you cough

Ardent Angel Blue will jump into performances vacated by the collapsible Sonya Yoncheva at La Scala.

on February 27, 2019 at 10:52 AM
Alzare le spalle Alzare le spalle

“Non mi dispiace” seemed to be the general consensus in the loggione December 7 when Verdi’s Attila came roaring into La Scala to open the 2018-19 season.

on December 16, 2018 at 2:09 PM
Dancer in the dark Dancer in the dark

Patrice Chéreau‘s Elektra brims with ideas beyond its eschewing of the opera’s standard, hysterical trappings.

on November 20, 2018 at 8:20 AM
Dishonored in the breach Dishonored in the breach

Uneven operas, like Verdi’s Ernani, which just recently finished its Scala run, more often work as theatre on the micro level than the macro.

on October 27, 2018 at 11:48 AM
Down in the depths Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story.

on March 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM
Conspicuous consumption Conspicuous consumption

On Thursday evening, the Teatro alla Scala audience didn’t watch the familiar presentation of a “wayward woman” who overcomes moral inferiority only to be robbed of happiness when she finally deserved it.

on March 11, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Start the revolution with me Start the revolution with me

La Scala’s 2017-2018 season will open with a new production of Andrea Chenier starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov.

on January 27, 2017 at 11:40 AM
Se il destassi… no, peloso! Se il destassi… no, peloso!

The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia.”

on February 02, 2016 at 6:43 PM
The hole truth The hole truth

Finally the reason for all that screaming at La Scala begins to emerge.

on December 10, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Giovanna in the dark Giovanna in the dark

From La Scala, starting at 11:00 AM ET, a “Backstage Live” view of the opening night performance of Giovanna d’Arco.

on December 06, 2015 at 1:00 PM
The incomplete idiot The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

on August 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Wrong by wrong Wrong by wrong

The board of La Scala voted today to oust incoming general director Alexander Pereira at the end of his first season amid allegations of a conflict of interest.

on May 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Stairway to heaven Stairway to heaven

Once again, beloveds, we approach the Milanese shrine that simultaneously attempted to  cultivate and destroy the career of Maria Meneghini Callas.

on April 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM
Something beyond the normal Something beyond the normal

The celebrated “lost” issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine (now found, thanks to the avid cataloging of Indiana Loiterer III.)

on January 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Blonde, bombshell Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

on December 09, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Book club Book club

La Cieca hears that the opening night of La Scala’s 2013 season will feature a new production of La traviata starring Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala, directed by… no, not Franco Zeffirelli, but Dmitri Tcherniakov.

on April 06, 2013 at 3:32 AM
Wait… what? Wait… what?

“La Scala has canceled the inaugural ballet of its season because of a strike by the chorus.”

on December 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM
Stairway to paradise Stairway to paradise

We approach, beloveds, as unto a shrine, for these are no ordinary performances.

on August 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Il le faut, il le faut Il le faut, il le faut

Due to health reasons, Natalie Dessay has withdrawn from the performances of Massenet’s Manon.

on May 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It was indeed a curious sensation  making a late morning trek to East 59th Street, a block devoted to showro0ms for bizarre upscale furniture and lighting fixtures, and then to enter a boutique cinema specializing in Hindi films (the big coming attraction right now is Desi Boyz) — and all this before sitting down in…

on December 08, 2011 at 11:11 AM

La Cieca is just back from the HD of Don Giovanni from La Scala: excellent singing through the whole cast, strong conducting (if tending to the slow side) by Daniel Barenboim, and a smart, chic production from Robert Carsen that frankly makes Michael Grandage look like an utter bumpkin. The presentation will repeat here in…

on December 07, 2011 at 4:59 PM

La Scala will announce its 2011-2012 season perhaps as early as tomorrow, but in the meantime La Cieca has discovered that the Milan season will open with a gala new production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Robert Carsen. The delectable cast is scheduled to include Anna Netrebko (Donna Anna), Elina…

on April 14, 2011 at 9:44 AM