La Scala to Open 2022-2023 Season With ‘Boris Godunov’ Refusing to ‘Cancel’ Russia

The world-famous Teatro alla Scala’s new season will open with “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky, ANSA reported, citing the programme, released by the opera house’s General Manager, Dominique Meyer, on Monday, June 6, 2022.   

Picture: ANSA

“I do not hunt witches, I am not up to cancelling Russian operas, and when I read Pushkin, I do not hide myself,” Meyer was quoted by the news agency as saying.

Russian soprano singer, Anna Netrebko, who had often starred in season premieres, initially cancelled her appearance at La Scala because of discrimination against Russian artists over the conflict in Ukraine, but later moved to return with a concert, as the theater administration said she was always welcome back.

Conductor Valery Gergiyev, however, was forced to give up a performance as he had refused to condemn Russian policies, something Milan’s mayor had demanded.

Riccardo Chailly will conduct Boris Godudov, based on Alexander Pushkin’s eponymous drama, Russia’s Ildar Abdrazakov will star, according to the opera house’s website.

It is specified that La Scala opens new seasons on December 7, marking the holiday for Milan’s patron Saint Ambrose. The programme also features “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” ballets by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and “Romeo and Juliette” by Sergey Prokofiev.

Ru-Main, 07.06.2022
Source: TASS 

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