Piero Pretti Headlines Teatro alla Scala’s ‘I Vespri Siciliani’

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro alla Scala is set to present a new production of Verdi’s Risorgimento work, “I Vespri Siciliani.”

The work, which has not been performed at the famed theater since 1989-90 season season, will star Luca Micheletti, Roman Burdenko, Adriano Gramigni, Piero Pretti, Dmitry Beloselskiy, Marina Rebeka, and Angela Meade.

In a statement Pretti said, “This is a stirring, complex, challenging role, calling for dramatic force as well as lyricism and bel canto that is as demanding as it is irresistible. Arrigo is an impassioned young man in love, convinced that he is immune to certain constrictions, such as blood ties, and that he has made his own choices, following just his heart, his love for Elena and his political ideals. But soon he will realise that this is not the case. His instincts will drive him to make hasty decisions that affect his loved one and his friends, trusting in his rediscovered father who, on the wave of affection, tries to use him in his power games.”

He added, “I’ve been studying this opera since 2010, and I love both the French and the Italian version for different reasons. I’ve had the privilege of singing both versions (the Italian one in Turin and Madrid and the French one in Naples and Berlin). Now I’m full of excitement and pride to be singing as Arrigo at Teatro alla Scala and I can’t wait to be immersed in this drama imbued with honour, love, remorse and hope: pure Verdi.”

Fabio Luisi is set to conduct the production by Hugo de Ana which will be perform Jan. 28 to Feb. 21, 2023.