By Francisco Salazar
The Teatro alla Scala has announced that during the Dec. 7 gala, the theater will pay tribute to Mirella Freni.
The concert will open with a video recording of Mirella Freni performing “Io son l’umile ancella” from a performance of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the legendary theater.
Freni was associated with La Scala where she performed for 34 years from 1962 to 1996 and opened the theater on seven occasions. Among the productions, she sang at the theater included “Falstaff,” “La Boheme” “L’amico Fritz,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “Fedora,” “Otello” “Don Carlo, “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Ernani,” and “Eugene Onegin,” among others.
The Teatro alla Scala’s opening night gala will be broadcast on Rai 1 and will star Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Plácido Domingo, Rosa Feola, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa, George Petean, Marina Rebeka, Luca Salsi, Andreas Schager, Ludovic Tézier, and Sonya Yoncheva. Riccardo Chailly conducts.