The Orchestra was established as part of the advanced courses for musicians and it is currently the only reality that only reality that specialize in the entire orchestral repertoire (symphonic, opera and ballet) for the future career.
The Orchestra has performed in prestigious theaters and festivals well known all over the World; among others, the Scala Theatre, the Conservatory of Turin, the Teatro Grande in Brescia, the Greek Theatre of Pompeii, the Ravello Festival, the Kissinger Sommer Festival. It has made numerous tours, including one held in 2008 in the UAE and, with the Teatro alla Scala, in 2009 in Denmark, in 2010 in Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) and in 2011-2012 in Oman (Muscat).
Each year, the Orchestra takes part into the “Academy Project”, an opera included into the official playbill of La Scala, interpreted by the students; it is also often called for the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company‘s productions, as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle and Onegin.
Among the most recent headlines of the Academy Project: Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, L’occasione fa il ladro, L’italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale and The silken ladder.
The orchestra has witnessed such luminaries at its podium as Yuri Temirkanov, Fabio Luisi, Gustavo Dudamel, Gianandrea Noseda, Stefano Ranzani, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, John Axelrod, Susanna Mälkki, Giuseppe Finzi, Daniele Rustioni, David Coleman, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Marco Guidarini and Pietro Mianiti, and soloists of the caliber of Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Alexei Volodin and Olga Kern.
Before concluding the two-year program on February 3, 2018 with the graduation at the “A.Toscanini” Boxes Foyer, the Academy orchestra has engagements on a number of dates between September and January both in Italy and abroad.
After the highly acclaimed Die Zauberflöte in September 2016, the Academy Orchestra will test its talents in Hänsel und Gretel, a title rarely performed in Italy. This time the orchestra will be conducted by Marc Albrecht with stage direction by Sven-Eric Bechtolf .In addition to Hänsel und Gretel and Il barbiere di Siviglia per bambini (through December 2017), the Academy musicians will be conducted by Plácido Domingo in two lyric-symphonic concerts with the tenor Jorge de León and the castanet player Lucero Tena on September 15 for the Italian League for the Fight against Cancer (Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori – LILT) and on September 18 to celebrate the Hearst publishing house. They then fly to Singen, Germany to perform under the baton of Pietro Mianiti for the Bracco Foundation on December 14, 2017 and will be in Budapest to celebrate New Year’s Day 2018 by performing Haydn’s oratorio Die Schöpfung with Ádám Fischer on the podium.
The orchestra also continues its fruitful collaboration with the Fondazione Donizetti in 2017. On November 25 (with an “Under 30” preview on the 23rd) and December 1 and 3 at the Teatro Sociale in Bergamo, it will be conducted by Gianluca Capuano in Che originali!, with music by Simone Mayr, and Gaetano Donizetti’s Pigmalione, both operas directed by Roberto Catalano.
The new Orchestra, assembled after a competitive admissions process among 400 candidates, will make its debut in grand style at Teatro alla Scala in a concert conducted by Michele Mariotti with Fabrizio Meloni. This will be followed by dates in February and March for Il barbiere di Siviglia per bambini, the annual Academy concert on May 14, the Serata Nureyev conducted by David Coleman with the La Scala Ballet Corps to celebrate the great Russian artist 80 years after his birth and 25 years after his death (as a benefit for the Fondazione Francesca Rava N.P.H. Italia Onlus on May 24th, and also on May 25, 26 and 29, 2018), the traditional yearly performance with the La Scala Ballet School (June 8 and 10), again with Coleman conducting, and L’elisir d’amore per bambini.