6 Stars You Can’t Miss At Teatro Alla Scala’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro alla Scala has announced its 2019-20 season featuring numerous important stars in the opera world.

The season is also filled with an incredible amount of rarities and repertoire staples and stars that will make anticipated role debuts or headline numerous production. Here are six stars that are set to make a splash next season at the legendary theater.

Saioa Hernández

After having made her debut during the opening night of the Teatro alla Scala, Saioa Hernández is poised for another important season at the legendary theater. The Spanish soprano will headline three new productions.

First, she will sing the final three performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” in Davide Livermore’s production and will follow with Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” in a new production by legendary filmmaker Gabriele Salvatores. Finally, she will close the 2019-20 season by reteaming wit Livermore for Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda,” an opera she has conquered and performed to great acclaim in Italy and Spain. 

Francesco Meli 

Meli has become one of the most important tenors of his generation and one of the main draws at La Scala. Next season he will be in three productions.

First, he brings his signature Manrico to La Scala in a production he created at the Salzburg Festival. That will be followed by “La Traviata.” The tenor will reprise his acclaimed Alfredo in the summer run of the opera in Liliana Cavani’s production. Finally, he closes out the season re-teaming with Hernández on Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda,” a work he performed in Modena to rave reviews.

Camilla Nylund 

The Finnish soprano continues to grow in status and this season she will take on a new double bill in Arnold Schönberg’s ever-popular “Erwartung” and Luigi Nono’s rarely performed work “Intolleranza 1960.” Both pieces should show her diversity and artistic capabilities.

Anna Netrebko 

The Russian soprano is poised for another big year at La Scala as she will headline opening night for the fourth time. Now a mainstay at the legendary house, the soprano has performed in opening nights of “Giovanna d’Arco,” “Don Giovanni,” and “Andrea Chénier.” The new “Tosca” production marks the second production and second run of the legendary role that Netrebko performs. The soprano also performs her acclaimed Night and Day Recital.

Luca Salsi 

The Italian baritone has become of the most acclaimed in the world and this season he returns to the Teatro alla Scala in three new productions.

First, he opens the season for the second time in three seasons dueling with Netrebko once again in “Tosca” after their acclaimed “Andrea Chénier.” Then he teams up with Francesco Meli and Saioa Hernández for ‘Un Ballo in Maschera” and “La Gioconda.” Barnaba in “La Gioconda’ will be a role debut for the baritone.

Rosa Feola

The Italian soprano has become a fixture at the Teatro alla Scala and has also been part of the Bel Canto renaissance with Chailly. Now she brings back yet another Rossini role to the La Scala repertoire after her acclaimed “La Gazza Ladra” and her turns in Donizetti’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore” and “Don Pasquale.”