Teatro all Scala 2019-20 Opening Night Preview: Where Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli & Luca Salsi Have Performed ‘Tosca’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: © Teatro alla Scala / Brescia-Amisano)

On Dec. 7, 2019, the Teatro alla Scala will open its 2019-20 season with a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The cast includes Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli, and Luca Salsi. All three have collaborated numerous times at La Scala, Salzburg, Verona and Vienna, but this will be the first time the three sing a production of this opera together. So to celebrate the opening night lets look at where these three stars have performed Puccini’s masterpiece.


Anna Netrebko made her long-awaited role debut as “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera in April of 2018. She sang five performances during that season scoring rave reviews. OperaWire noted, “Anna Netrebko Conquers Puccini’s Iconic Diva.” She performed alongside her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvaov, and tenor Najmiddin Mavlyanov as well baritone Michael Volle.

The Teatro alla Scala performances will mark her second run of the iconic role and will be followed with more “Tosca” performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera House. Like her performance at the Teatro alla Scala, which will hit movie theaters, the Metropolitan Opera’s performances will be broadcast live in HD.


Like Netrebko, Francesco Meli has only performed the role of Cavaradossi once in his career. The tenor made his role debut in the role  at the Teatro Carlo Felice in 2016. He has not performed the role since then and has no performances scheduled for the role in the coming season.

However, Meli will sing two other productions at the Teatro alla Scala this season in “La Gioconda” and “Il Trovatore.”


Salsi is no stranger to the villainous role of Scarpia as he debuted his interpretation at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and later went on to perform it at the Opera National de Paris. When he made his debut in the role, he told OperaWire, “I love the role.”

This will be his third production as Scarpia.

“Tosca” opens on Dec. 7, 2019 and runs through Jan. 8, 2020. The production is set to be directed by Davide Livermore and conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Saioa Hernandez also stars in later performances of the run.