Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier
Milano, Teatro alla Scala, 7 dicembre 2017
Tradition triumphs at La Scala’s season opener
Since the 7th of December – St Ambrose’s Day, patron saint of Milan – has been the opening day of Teatro alla Scala’s opera season, 30 out of 66 works have been by Giuseppe Verdi, the composer the city has adopted as its own. Therefore has been plenty of debate about the choice to stage a Verismo work to open the season, albeit a very popular one among opera devotees.
Umberto Giordano launched four of his operas in the Milanese house: after Andrea Chénier (1896) was welcomed as a triumphant success, it was the turn of Siberia (1903), La cena delle beffe (The Jesters’ Supper, 1924, staged here a year ago) and Il re (The King, 1929)…