The opera season of La Scala opens with Andrea Chénier of Umberto Giordano (born in Puglia, Milanese by adoption, Scaliger for assiduous attendance) in the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth: a title that in reality would not need recurrences to be represented. He returns with the direction of Riccardo Chailly, who directed this work, belonging to the veristic repertoire, in the 1982-1983 season. More than thirty years of silence for a masterpiece in which Chailly believes deeply.
“Give me a nice booklet and I will take responsibility for a great success”. So Giordano, but the situation was not easy after the failure of Regina Diaz . At the birth of the work contributed two exceptional godfathers, two friends like Alberto Franchetti and Pietro Mascagni, who with their influence managed to dispel the initial doubts existing (for unrepresentability) both from the publisher Sonzogno and La Scala. The libretto written by Luigi Illica was inspired by the life of the poet André Chénier at the time of the French Revolution: in reality the subject was hardly imaginable for a work in that period, in those years towards the end of the nineteenth century. It meant the abandonment of the ‘700 not only musical. Andrea Chénier is a “historical drama” about the French Revolution, an archetype of the romantic opera “fin de siècle”.
“Giordano’s music comes from reality, from life. It is full of blood, ardor, passion “, says the director Carmen Battiante who has treated, with equal passion, the publication of the Diari di Giordano presented by her and Armando Torno at the Museo Teatrale della Scala.
The opera was staged at La Scala on March 28, 1896. The success was great and quickly spread abroad. He immediately felt the admiration of Richard Strauss and especially of Gustav Mahler, who was impressed by an author “so innovative in harmony and powerful in the pathos” directed an extraordinary performance by Chénier in Hamburg in 1897.
The opening of the Scala season is dedicated to the great conductor Victor de Sabata (50 years after his death), who during his Superintendency at La Scala brought the inaugural evening from 26 to 7 December, the day of Sant’Ambrogio, patron saint of Milan.
Exceptional cast: with Riccardo Chailly, Mario Martone, expert director of historical frescoes on stage and on screen, Margherita Palli set designer Ronconiana, Ursula Patzak costume designer, Yusif Eyvazov and Anna Netrebko main performers.
In the meeting “The dark side of the revolutions”, with listening, talks about Andrea Chénier Angelo Foletto , journalist and music critic with the participation of Maestro Riccardo Chailly.