Teatro alla Scala 2016-17 Season: ‘La Gazza Ladra’ Celebrates its 200th Anniversary With A Return To La Scala

By Francisco Salazar

On April 12, Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” returns to the Teatro alla Scala, the house where it first premiered in 1817.

In honor of the opera’s 200th anniversary Rossini expert, Riccardo Chailly conducts the work in a move to return the Bel Canto repertoire to La Scala. Meanwhile, famed film director Gabriele Salvatores makes his La Scala debut. Salvatores is best known for his work in cinema and has directed such works as “I’m Not Scared” and the Oscar-winning film “Mediterraneo.”

The new production will star a young cast that includes coloratura soprano Rosa Feola in the role of Ninetta, in her La Scala debut, and Serena Malfi as Pippo. The production also stars tenor Edgardo Rocha and acclaimed basses Alex Esposito and Paolo Bordogna, as well as Teresa Iervolino and Bel canto expert Michele Pertusi.

The production will feature Marionettes, costumes, and animation by Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli and will feature choreographed movements by Emanuela Tagliavia.

There will be nine performances, including alive broadcast on RAI-Radio3 on April 12. The performance on April 18 will be featured on TV RAI 5 and in cinemas.

The opening night performance of “La Gazza Ladra” will be dedicated to the memory of conductor Alberto Zedda.