The Italian theaters have not closed (completely): in fact they offer a rich schedule of shows not to be missed. From the Teatro alla Scala to the Comunale of Bologna, here is the calendar
All the opera houses in the world are following the example of our theaters, which were the first to close and reorganize themselves, with repertoire works and ballets broadcast online on their respective social channels. It is still not time to count the damage (after the war) and the lost artistic resources: in the meantime, to distract the quarantined public and keep it faithful in view of better times, calendars thicken. Let’s see the initiatives of some of our major theaters, imagining that the hundreds of others that each town boasts will follow suit.
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
The Teatro alla Scala, whose Superintendent Dominique Meyer, having just taken office, has already declared losses for one million a week, offers the best productions of the last few years, opera and ballet, online on the RaiPlay platform and on TV on Rai5 .
Until April 21 RaiPlay offers one show a day: 30 productions including 4 ballets, all recorded between 2008 and 2019 and largely unpublished for the web. Each show will remain visible for a month from the date of publication.
From April 6 for four weeks Rai5 transmits one work per dayor from Monday to Friday at 10:00; every Wednesday a second work is added at 9.15 pm for a total of six titles per week, in addition to the Scala productions already scheduled in the schedule. The programming will be completed week by week, with the recommendation to check any changes and updates on the website or on the social media of the Teatro alla Scala and Rai. With the following wish: “In anticipation of being able to find ourselves in our theater, we remain together, even distant”.
At this link the calendar day by day.
La Fenice Theater, Venice
To the cry of “Stay at home, we will visit you!” La Fenice, the Venetian theater that has already risen from its ashes and is now very active on social networks, has also accepted the invitation to join the #iorestoacasa campaign, born spontaneously online. Led by the Superintendent Fortunato Ortombina, the La Fenice Theater was among the first to virtually reprogram its calendar and today has almost a month of programming behind it, including concerts and operas, which it leaves available on its Youtube channel.
Teatro Regio, Turin
Similar initiative by the Regio di Torino. The Savoy theater aims to enter our homes at aperitif time with the hashtag #operaonthesofa: the new virtual stage that every day at 18:00 allows fans to follow the opera with a click. A unique opportunity to attend the general rehearsals of productions of the current and past seasons, made available thanks to unpublished footage. With an invitation to open a bottle of wine.
At this link the playlist
The Verdi Festival in streaming
Teatro Regio, Parma
This year Parma would have been the Italian capital of culture, with the Teatro Regio as the heart of the events, but the city has asked to postpone the appointment next year. Meanwhile, the Regio, led by Anna Maria Meo, does not lose heart and, while waiting to see live its autumn Verdi festival, offers a virtual one: Verdi Festival home streaming. At this link until April 10, 11 of the 27 works by the master of Busseto can be seen online: The Traviata, Nabucco, Falstaff, Aida, The force of Destiny, Il Corsaro, Stiffelio, Don Carlo, Ernani, Rigoletto, Macbeth. Broadcast every two days, until April 10, they are among the most applauded productions staged by the Teatro Regio for the last 15 editions of the Verdi Festival. The quality is full HD, the original version with Italian subtitles.
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Municipal Theater, Bologna
Very active with his programming of works proposed with innovative directions and his new ballet season, the theater designed by Bibbiena led by Superintendent Fulvio Macciadi, immediately started the Municipal Opera streaming initiative. While works already broadcast remain online, here are the next titles to see on Youtube channel
– March 28, 9:00 pm: opera The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini
– March 29, 11:00 am: ballet Swan Lake with the corps de ballet of the San Carlo Theater in Naples
– April 4, 9:00 pm: opera Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opera Theater, Rome
In the section of its website Digital Theater, the theater of the capital, led by Carlo Fuortes, also proposes its best productions, operas and ballets. Here are the upcoming titles:
– March 27: The Bassaridis: work by Hans Werner Henze, directed by Mario Martone: https://www.operaroma.it/spettacoli/the-bassarids/
– March 25, in reply on 28: Orpheus and Eurydice, by Gluck, directed by Robert Carsen: https://www.operaroma.it/spettacoli/orfeo-ed-euridice-2/
– March 26, in reply on 29: Madama Butterfly, work by Giacomo Puccini, directed by La Fura del Baus: https://www.operaroma.it/spettacoli/madama-butterfly-3/
Teatro di San Carlo, Naples
“There is nothing in all of Europe that I don’t say comes close to this theater, but gives a pale idea. The eyes are dazzled, the soul kidnapped “. With this declaration by Stendhal the web page of the Neapolitan theater opens, which remains very active even online. The hashtag launched #stageathome theater makes available online some shows of the last seasons.
The transmission always takes place at 20:00 and can be used through the social account of the Theater (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Here is the schedule:
– March 25: ballet The Nutcracker, choreography by Giuseppe Picone
– March 28: opera Ermionand by Gioacchino Rossini
– March 30: Zilberkant / Laca concert
– April 1: opera Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
– April 4: opera Carmen by Georges Bizet
– April 6: ballet Pulcinella, Choreography by Francesco Nappa
– April 8: ballet La Dame aux camélias, choreography by Derek Deane
Said the Superintendent of San Carlo Rosanna Purchia: “We intend to awaken in each of us, thanks to those values that constitute the identity of our country, the strong sense of community necessary to overcome this moment of difficulty. We are virtually only open temporarily, but we will be back soon, because as long as the San Carlo plays inside and outside its walls there will be hope for Naples and for the world ». A wish that applies to the whole country.