From July 11th to the 15th, Teatro alla Scala and Regione Lombardia sponsor a tour by the La Scala Academy Orchestra to four cities in Lombardy. The young musicians perform in Varese (Ippodromo, July 11), Como (Teatro Sociale, July 13), Pavia (Teatro Fraschini, July 14), and Cremona (Teatro Ponchielli, July 15).
The four concerts continue the shared initiatives begun several years ago by Teatro alla Scala in conjunction with the La Scala Academy and Regione Lombardia to create new occasions for local engagement with some of the principal performing arts venues in Lombardy.
The first concert takes place in the unlikely setting of the Varese horse track during the “Lombard Provinces Trophy”, in memory of Guido Ermolli. Admission is free of charge to all four concerts.
The program features famous arias performed by the tenor Benjamin Bernheim (who was recently acclaimed at La Scala as Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Zubin Mehta) ranging from Che gelida manina to Lunge da lei. It also includes pieces from the Overture to La forza del destino, the Intermezzo from the Cavalleria rusticana, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
The tour marks the debut with the Academy of the young conductor Lorenzo Viotti, who just won the prize as Best Emerging Artist at the International Opera Awards. Teatro alla Scala expects great things from this artist in the future.
Viotti won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2015 at the young age of 25. He now boasts notable experience in both symphonic works and opera with such prestigious orchestras as the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, performing in prestigious concert halls and theatres such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, La Fenice, the Stuttgart Opera, and the Dresden Semperoper, just to name a few.
For the young Academy musicians, performing until July 22 in Piermarini’s orchestra pit in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the tour provides a further opportunity for professional growth within the Academy curriculum, a free two-year program that gives them hands-on experience in the symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoires under the guidance of internationally renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach, Ádám Fischer, and Michele Mariotti.
Download here the tournée programme