MILAN. The general rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” began punctually at 6 pm, on the podium by Riccardo Chailly and directed by Davide Livermore, who will inaugurate the La Scala season on Tuesday. For 11 editions it has been “the Primina of the under 30”, intended for young people and at a special price: 24 euros for a place in the temple of opera and, above all, to take the opportunity to be passionate about great music forever.
For many it is the very first time, for others it has become a tradition. Eleonora and Lorenzo, she from Forte dei Marmi and he from Marina di Pietrasanta, students of Literature and Fine Arts respectively, come together for the fourth time, “happy that everything is restarting this year”, and they got a taste for it, so much so that now Italian opera houses are running. Sofia, Lorenzo, two Chiare, Davide, Yuri and Marta, former scientific high school mates in Lainate, have already seen “Attila” and “Tosca” and for tonight they have “high expectations: but the best is to be there, after what we have been through everyone”.
There are those who arrive in a hurry and change their shoes in the foyer, those who have a tuxedo shirt and bow tie under the checked sweatshirt and those who, three girls aged 22 to 24, Beatrice, Anna and Viola, swear not to have taken chords but still comes in different shades of red perfectly harmonized, “it will be that we study singing all together and by now we go telepathic, but the important thing will be to hear those extraordinary voices live, Netrebko, Salsi, Meli and Abdrazakov”. Zaid and Anders, also very young but already a doctor and a public official respectively, come from Norway and took advantage of this “special evening”. Andrea, 21, is a hairdresser, is from Milan and arrived alone because he could not find anyone under the age of thirty to accompany him, “but it’s my debut at La Scala and I didn’t want to lose it, I prepared by studying the libretto and listening to the records ». Tomorrow’s audience wanders superintendent Dominique Meyer, who exorcises the stress of the eve by recalling when «at 33 I was director of the Opéra and we inaugurated the Bastille with 34 heads of state including George Bush. That’s when I got vaccinated against anxiety. ‘
In the foyer, at the only interval after the first and second acts, it is clear that expectations have not been disappointed. Great praise especially for the orchestra, voices and monumental sets by Giò Forma. The Macbeth couple’s palace, an Assyrian-New York-style phalanstery in which Lady Netrebko always wanders dressed in red, is particularly appreciated, for example, by the young architects Beatrice, Daniela and Martina. “You understand the enormous work behind a show like this, I realize it with every first girl”, adds Cecilia, 21 years old. And Elena sums up: «The choir, what an impact, what power. And Anna, what a diva! ».
As the evening gets underway, the first rumors about the guests of December 7 arrive, the last Sant ‘Ambroeus as president of Sergio Mattarella. Prominent institutional presences, with the President of the Senate, Maria Elisabetta Casellati, and the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Dario Franceschini. Confirmed Plácido Domingo, Ornella Vanoni who will arrive with Marracash, Diodato. And a good group of artists, with Maurizio Cattelan, Francesco Vezzoli and Gian Maria Tosatti. Plus Giorgio Armani with a series of his still mysterious guests.