Christmas in music

On December 7th, when the City celebrates its holy patron, St. Ambrose, La Scala Theatre inaugurates its new season with a performance-event much to be talked about in the media of Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and directed by Davide Livermore, a director and a light-designer guaranteeing originality. It will be possible to follow La Scala’s Opening Night in various theatres and public locations, including Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, where it will be shown live free, thanks to the Prima Diffusa project. Furthermore, for the whole week, many spots all over the city will resonate with the music of Attila, while there will be a choice of meetings, concerts and exhibitions on the subject of Verdi’s opera.

Milano has a special way to celebrate the coming of Christmas and that is the Advent’s Musical Calendar. Every evening from December 1st to 24th at 18:30 a surprise will meet the onlookers’ gaze, through a spectacular video-projection that transforms the facade of the Palazzo dei Portici Meridionali in Piazza Duomo into a big screen.

This is of course not the only musical event at a time of the year that has its own exclusive soundtrack: among the many offers the traditional Christmas concert in the Cathedral, offered for free to citizens and visitors on December 20th, featuring famous classical ensembles and choirs every year, and New Year’s Eve Celebration in Piazza Duomo, which has seen onstage, waiting for midnight, famous artists.

La Scala Theatre is open for the holidays and celebrates in the illustrious company of Vivaldi, Mozart and Verdi: two Christmas concerts on December 22nd and 23rd will be reserved for sacred music, while on December 31 Verdi arias will be performed by four great operatic singers during the Gala.

Four great singers for Beethoven’s Ninth as well: with its “Ode to Joy” it has been Orchestra LaVerdi’s New Year’s soundtrack for the last twenty years. Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Moritz Kallenberg, e Jochen Kupfer will be at the Auditorium di Milano from December 29th to January 1st, along with the renowned Milanese orchestra, Conductor Claus Peter Flor and Choirmaster Erina Gambarini.