The celebrated opera 'Don Carlo' by Giuseppe Verdi is set to inaugurate the season at Teatro alla Scala for the ninth time since 1868 under the baton of musical director Riccardo Chailly. However, this year's premiere will lack the presence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, unlike previous years. La Scala's superintendent, Dominique Meyer, clarified that the absence of the Head of State is attributed to his busy schedule and not any ulterior motives.
Dignitaries Gracing the Premiere
Despite the absence of some notable figures, the event will host a number of dignitaries including Senate President Ignazio La Russa, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, and other esteemed guests. This is a stark contrast to last year's event, which saw a significant presence of institutional figures amidst international tensions arising from the war in Ukraine.
'Don Carlo' - A Reflection on Power
The performance of 'Don Carlo' is slated for December 7th, 6 PM, and will be broadcast live on television and radio. Showcasing an international ensemble of stars such as Francesco Meli, Anna Netrebko, and Michele Pertusi, Riccardo Chailly picked 'Don Carlo' for its introspection on power, echoing previous season openings with Verdi's 'Macbeth' and Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov'.
Substantial Set Changes
The staging of the opera incorporates dramatic set changes that mirror the themes of freedom, the struggle for personal happiness, and the rebellion of suppressed peoples against temporal and religious authority. 'Don Carlo', first debuted in Paris in 1867, has experienced several revisions, including a pivotal Italian-language production at La Scala in 1884, which was personally revised by Verdi.