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 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.
Three great stars of the opera will perform between October 20 and 22: Tuesday 20 Marina Rebeka, accompanied by pianist Giulio Zappa, will present a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Kjui, from Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninov; Wednesday 21 Anna Netrebko will return 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 will present a Lieder florilegy together with the excellent pianist Helmut Deutsch.
On November 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17 the perfomances of La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, in the historical staging by Franco Zeffirelli (1963) will be cancelled. 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.