La Scala autumn programme - Update

Shows confirmed until October 22

Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici, 2

Considering the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy and Europe, Teatro alla Scala postpones the press conference, scheduled for October 16, to present the calendar from December 2020 to March 2021.


The performances scheduled up until Thursday, October 22, 2020 are confirmed, with three great stars of opera: Tuesday 20 Marina Rebeka, accompanied by pianist Giulio Zappa, presents a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Kjui, from Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninov; Wednesday 21 Anna Netrebko returns to La Scala conducted by Riccardo Chailly, interpreting some of the greatest arias of the Italian repertoire, taken from Aida, Don Carlo, Gioconda, Adriana Lecouvreur, Madama Butterfly and Manon Lescaut; finally, on Thursday 22, the great German tenor Jonas Kaufmann presents a Lieder florilegy together with the excellent pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Opening times

Opening times:

All the information on the calendar can be consulted on the website

Ticket information

Ticket information:

From August 20, the pre-lections for subscribers will begin; from August 27, those for ticket buyers of the shows cancelled due to the health emergency will begin either.


From September 3 the free sale will begin: all the sales for the shows scheduled from September 14 to October 20, realized with reduced capacity hall, will be opened first; those for the other shows scheduled from October 22 to December 5 will follow.


All the information for the tickets' purchase can be consulted on the website:

Public transport

Public transport:


Line M1 red Duomo stop
Line M3 yellow Duomo or Montenapoleone stops






1, 2, 12, 14, 16, 27



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September 4, 2020 - The Requiem Mass in the Duomo

On September 4 the Orchestra and Choir will be busy with the Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly in the Duomo of Milano, in memory of the pandemic's victims. Soloists will be Tamara Wilson (soprano), Elīna Garanča (mezzosoprano), Francesco Meli (tenor) and Ildar Abdrazakov (bass); the Choir will be conducted by Bruno Casoni.


The Mass will be repeated on September 7 in Bergamo Cathedral and on September 9 in Brescia Cathedral.


Autumn concerts

On September 12 the Piermarini hall will be reopened to the public for the performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Riccardo Chailly with the Choir prepared by Bruno Casoni and the voices of Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzosoprano), Michael König (tenor), Tomasz Konieczny (bass). This first show will be reserved only for healthcare personnel thanks to the support of the Bracco Foundation; three more evenings will follow on September 14, 16 and 17, open to the public.


The symphonic appointments will continue with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who on September 29, 30 and October 1 will conduct the Filarmonica della Scala in Vier letzte Lieder with soprano Camilla Nylund and in the symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss.


On October 14, 16 and 17 Maestro Mehta will lead the Orchestra, the Choir, the Academy White Voices Choir and the alto Daniela Sindram in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3.


On November 21, 22 and 24 there will be a baroque concert conducted by Maestro Giovanni Antonini with the Orchestra del Teatro on historical instruments and the participation of the three countertenors Max Emanuel Cencic, Christophe Dumaux and Carlo Vistoli.


All concerts are scheduled without intermission to reduce the opportunities for interpersonal contact.


The first title will be La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in concert form. It will be conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta for five performances on September 15, 18, 22, 25, 28. The main performers will be Marina Rebeka (Violetta), Atalla Ayan (Alfredo) and Leo Nucci. It is the first time that Maestro Mehta conducts this title at La Scala, where he made his debut in 1978.


On October 6, 9, 12, 15, Maestro Riccardo Chailly will conduct Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in concert form. The peculiarity of the performance, in addition to the prestigious cast formed by Saioa Hernández, Anita Rachvelishvili, Francesco Meli and Luca Salsi, is that on this occasion will be performed for the first time in front of the public the original version of the beginning of Act III found in Villa Sant'Agata. It is more than 100 bars, for a total of eight minutes of music including a lost version of the priests' choir, later reworked in the Requiem.

On October 19 the planned performance of Aida in concert form won't take place and will be replaced by a concert of arias and choirs from the works Aida, Nabucco and La bohème directed by Maestro Fabio Luisi with the participation of the artists Anita Hartig, Aida Garifullina, Jonas Kaufmann and Simone Piazzola.


On November 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17 it will be the turn of La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, in the historical staging by Franco Zeffirelli (1963). The show will be directed by Paolo Carignani and two important cast members take turns on stage: Marina Rebeka and Angel Blue as Mimì, Giorgio Berrugi and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo, Aida Garifullina and Federica Guida as Musetta, George Petean and Simone Piazzola as Marcello, Giulio Mastrototaro and Mattia Olivieri as Schaunard.


From September 23 the Corps de Ballet will stage the Ballet Gala, a tribute to dance replicated for three more evenings (September 24 and 26 and October 2). The étoiles of the Scala Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle will participate; Alessandra Ferri will be a special guest in the Theatre to which she has inextricably linked her name; the artists of the Scala Ballet will be engaged in several 'a solo' or 'steps for two'. On the podium Maestro David Coleman.


Giselle, the romantic ballet par excellence, will return on October 29 and 30, and then on November 3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 18 in the version taken from Coralli-Perrot on the choreography by Yvette Chauviré (extraordinary artist who recently passed away), with sets and costumes by Aleksandr Benois reworked by Angelo Sala and Cinzia Rosselli, and David Coleman on the podium conducting the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala.

La Scala Theatre for kids

Shows for the little ones will resume as well in autumn, with six performances of The Cinderella for children on November 7, 8, 29 and December 2, directed by Ulrich Peter, musical elaboration by Alexander Krampe.


The concerts dedicated to families are also back with two Sunday events: on October 11 the Cameristi della Scala - Fabrizio Meloni, Darko Brlek and Massimo Mercelli - conducted by Ernest Hoetzl, will perform a programme between classical and contemporary language; on October 25 will be the turn of La Scala's Strings.


On November 22 the final concert of the 1st edition of "La Scala fa Scuola. A Choir in the City", an educational project promoted in collaboration with the TIM Foundation, will take place.

The other music appointments

The Filarmonica della Scala will resume playing with the "Concerto per l'Italia" conducted by Riccardo Chailly in Piazza del Duomo on September 13, with the participation of violinist Maxim Vengerov. Afterwards a series of concerts with six double dates from October 4 to November 29 at Teatro alla Scala: on the podium will go Riccardo Chailly, Pablo Heras-Casado, Fabio Luisi, Myung-Whun Chung, Leonidas Kavakos and Marc Albrecht.


The autumn season is enriched by two major piano events united by the Beethovenian programme. Maurizio Pollini will perform the last Sonatas on September 27; Daniel Barenboim will close the 2019/2020 Season on December 5 with the execution of the Diabelli Variations.


The Singing Recital Season will resume on October 4 with Erwin Schrott, followed by Marina Rebeka on October 20 (both will be accompanied by Giulio Zappa), Sabine Devieilhe on November 19 with Alexandre Tharaud and, at the opening of the 2020/2021 Recital Season, Simon Keenlyside on December 3 accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.


Three extraordinary singing concerts see as many great voices return to La Scala: on October 22 Jonas Kaufmann, accompanied on piano by Helmut Deutsch; on November 15 Anna Netrebko who, together with Elena Maximova, will be accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau and violinist Giovanni Andrea Zanon; on November 30 appointment with Plácido Domingo and the Academy Orchestra.


The Academy's institutional concert is scheduled for October 24: its protagonists will be the students of the Accademia di perfezionamento per cantanti lirici del Teatro alla Scala, accompanied by the Academy Orchestra conducted by Pietro Mianiti. The concert programme includes arias and ensemble pieces from operas by Bellini, Cimarosa, Donizetti, Rossini, Bizet, Verdi, Ponchielli, Saint-Saëns.


The Teatro alla Scala will also host the traditional concerts of the G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milano, that will perform music by Mahler and Janáček with Claus Peter Flor and soprano Petra Lang on September 20. In addition, Milano Musica on October 18 will present a piano recital by Mariangela Vacatello and on November 16 a concert by the Rai Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale conducted by Tito Ceccherini with Maurizio Baglini at the piano.

Museo Teatrale alla Scala - Cultural activities

Museo Teatrale alla Scala reopened its doors to the public with the exhibition “Nei palchi della Scala - Storie milanesi” curated by Pier Luigi Pizzi, accessible to the public until September 30. In November the new exhibition "Va' pensiero - Il mito della Scala tra cronaca e critica", an investigation into the social and cultural life of the Theatre, curated by Pizzi himself, will be inaugurated.


The Museum's activities include streaming concert lessons on today's music in the Esedra hall with Michele Gamba (pianist and conductor), and a new cycle of chamber concerts in streaming from the Sala Esedra, performed by the Associazione Musica con le Ali in collaboration with the Artistic Direction of the Teatro alla Scala.

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