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“First the music and then the words” – Teatro alla Scala from 6 to 19 July 2019

For the 2018-2019 season, the Accademia Project doubles up, presenting three new titles. In fact, before the summer break Ádám Fischer will lead the orchestra and the young soloists of the Accademia in a performance featuring two one-act operas, one by Salieri and the other by Puccini. Commissioned by Emperor Joseph II and performed in Schönbrunn along with Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Prima la musica e poi le parole (“First the music and then the words”) will be directed by Grischa Asagaroff, while Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, coming to La Scala from Los Angeles in Woody Allen’s classic production, will see students of the Accademia sharing the stage with Ambrogio Maestri.

Two brilliant comedies in one night: after Salieri’s intellectual analysis of the rivalry between musician and poet behind the curtains of a new opera, comes the awaited for Gianni Schicchi staged by Woody Allen, coming from Los Angeles. Puccini’s only comic piece meets one of the genius of our days bittersweet and intelligent comedy.

Antonio Salieri / Giacomo Puccini

Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes intermission included

Academy Project

Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy of Lyric Opera

Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra


Teatro alla Scala New Production


65 minutes/ Intermission 30 minutes/ 60 minutes


Conductor Ádám Fischer
Staging Grischa Asagaroff
Sets and costumes Luigi Perego
Lights Marco Filibeck


Maestro di cappella Ambrogio Maestri
Donna Eleonora Anna-Doris Capitelli


Tonina Enkeleda Kamani (8, 15, 19 July)

Francesca Pia Vitale (6, 10, 17 July)

Poeta Ramiro Maturana (8, 17 July)

Maharram Huseynov (6, 10, 15, 19 July)


Los Angeles Opera Production


Conductor Ádám Fischer
Staging Woody Allen
Revived by Kathleen Smith Belcher
Supervisor Grischa Asagaroff
Sets and costumes Santo Loquasto
Lights York Kennedy


Gianni Schicchi Ambrogio Maestri
Lauretta Francesca Manzo (6, 8, 10, 17, 19 July)

Tsisana Giorgadze (15 July)

Zita Valeria Girardello (15, 19 July)

Daria Cherniy (6, 8, 10, 17 July)

Rinuccio Chuan Wang (6, 8, 10 July)

Hun Kim (15, 19 July)

Gherardo Hun Kim (6, 8, 10, 17 July)

Chuan Wang (15, 19 July)

Nella Marika Spadafino (6, 10, 17 July)

Francesca Pia Vitale (8, 15, 19 July)

Betto Lasha Sesitashvili
Simone Eugenio Di Lieto
Marco Giorgi Lomiseli
Ciesca Caterina Piva
Spinelloccio Ramiro Maturana
Amantio Jorge Martinez
Pinellino Hwan An
Guccio Maharram Huseynov
Gherardino Benjamin Di Falco (8, 15, 19 July)

Gianluigi Sartori (6, 10, 17 July)

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