18 years with La Scala

18 years with La Scala

Dear friends,
throughout the first 20 years of my life in opera, the 18 years of collaboration with Teatro alla Scala have played an important part. In a few days time I’ll be singing here at La Scala as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera. Everything started in 2004 with Dialogues des Carmelites under conductor Riccardo Muti, with stage direction by Robert Carsen. After that came Otello (Cassio), Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, Giovanna d’Arco, I due Foscari, Don Carlo, La traviata, Ernani, Tosca, Il trovatore, Aida, L’elisir d’amore and Macbeth. In between, came the two masterpieces for orchestra and choir, La petite Messe by Rossini and the Verdi Requiem (at La Scala and in the cathedrals of Milan, Brescia and Bergamo, again with the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala), the Hymn of the Nations by Verdi and other concerts and events. It has been a marvellous journey during which I have formed a bond with the Milanese theatre, which has become more a second home than a place of work. I am grateful that throughout this journey I have been able to work with wonderful stage directors and colleagues, with whom I have shared magnificent experiences, but above all with the conductors who followed that first experience with Muti: Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Nello Santi, Marco Armiliato, Nicola Luisotti, Adam Fisher, Michele Mariotti, Antonino Fogliani, Oleg Caetani, Gustavo Dudamel, Massimo Zanetti, Michele Gamba and Philippe Jordan.
Recital, 2017 © Archive at Teatro alla Scala
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