Scala: Scappucci dirige Capuleti e Montecchi, ed è primato – Musica

“We are used to slalom,” Scala director Dominique Meyer said with a smile at the press conference for the presentation of I Capuleti ei Montecchi, by Vincenzo Bellini, which will debut on January 18. It was first jeopardized by the confiscation of Evelino Bedo, the conductor of the orchestra who the day before the start of rehearsals with the orchestra turned out to be positive for Covid even if he was asymptomatic. So it was necessary to find a replacement in a hurry, which is not easy given that someone who knows the seldom performed opera is needed (it has been missing in Milan since 1989, when Riccardo Moti directed it). Thus, Speranza Scapucci hurried to the epiphany and in this way became the first Italian to conduct an opera in La Scala, in third place overall after Claire Gibolt, who directed in 1995 La station thermale by Fabio Vacci and Susanna Malki ascended the podium for the first time from the works of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett in 2011. But in this case they were contemporary works, in this case rather than Bel canto repertoire. She says with a smile that she feels “responsible” but it is clear that the company has not intimidated her. “I rode a horse in full swing with a bit of the craziness that might be necessary in these things” she explains at the press conference after thanking Beddoe and the entire theater for making her “feel at home.” On the other hand, her curriculum is long: she graduated from the Academy of Juilliard and Santa Cecilia, was the chief pianist of the Vienna State Opera, where she trained singers, and since 2017 has been the main guest conductor of the opera Royal D. la Wallonie in Liege and has performed in large theaters, from the New York Met to the Paris Opera. On January 27, the opening ceremony of the Mozartium was supposed to take place, yesterday’s Mozart Festival in Salzburg was canceled due to the pandemic. “It’s bravery” sums up Mayer who acknowledged the commitment of the director (Alfred Nobel, former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in his Milan debut), all the theater workers “who jump through hoops every day” and the cast that includes stars such as Lizette Oropesa (Julietta) and Michelle Bertosi (Lorenzo) and Marianne Kripasa (Romeo) and Scaligero watch the debut of Chinese Jinxu Xiahou (Tebaldo), who is also called up to the latter after losing Rene Barbera. All available to change the rehearsal, the programming to get to the stage was skipped. Scapucci performed I Capuleti ei Montecchi in 2013 at the Yale Opera. “Making such an important title is difficult for a conductor or conductor: Bellini’s music is so rich in melodies and turning this simplicity into musical depth is complex,” he says. Bellini’s “Prophet” echoes a noble who “looks forward to the astonishing results of the second half of the nineteenth century,” bringing private and public events together and in this anticipating Verdi’s Shakespearean works. The opera is set in the twentieth century “an era of terrible struggles in society, fascists against communists, Catholics against Protestants” just as Capulets against Montecchi “but we respected the humanity of opera, and Bellini’s music.”

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