A controversial 'Lohengrin' at La Scala,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
La Scala's 2012-2013 season began on 7 December 2012 with a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin. Although the season includes eight Verdi operas and four Wagner operas, the decision to open it with a Wagner masterpiece created a little controversy because 2013 is the bicentenary of the birth of both composers, and in Italy, La Scala is deemed to be a Verdi fiefdom. However, Verdi will have his dues with a new production of Traviata for the inauguration of La Scala's next season in December 2013 (ie still within the bicentenary year). On 7 December, tickets for the stalls and single seats in boxes were 2,400 euros each: thus the audience was mostly government and corporate sponsors...
Copyright © 20 December 2012