|La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra with Yujia Wang, Semyon Bychkov, Italy, World Expo 2010|
September 17 7.30 PM - Auditorium Expo (Expo Park)
La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala) is an indipendendt team founded by Claudio Abbado with La Scala musicians in 1982 with the aim to develop a symphonic repertoire in the context of the great opera tradition of this Theatre. La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra built cooperation relationships with leading directors of international scene, such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Pretre, Lorin Maazel and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Riccardo Muti took the role of Chef Conductor from 1987 to 2005, giving an important contribution to the artistic growth of the Orchestra. Since 2006 La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra intensified the collaboration with Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti e Riccardo Chailly.
Antonio Pappano conducted the opening concert of 2009/2010 season, while the opening of 2010/2011 season will have on the podium Valery Gergiev, who is celebrating 20 years of collaboration with the Orchestra. Among the musicians that contributed to the artistic growth of La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra we can remember Leonard Bernstein, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov. La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra is regularly hosted in the main international concert halls.
The performance will take place on 17th September at the Red Hall, where the orchestra will be led by internationally acclaimed conductor Semyon Bychkov. That night the audience will enjoy the works of the true classical masters, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Puccini’s Manon Lascaut, Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and Verdi’s Nabucco Overture. There will also be a special collaboration with the ‘Piano Princess’ Wang Yujia, who will join the orchestra to perform Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto. This will be a great opportunity for the young student of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and an opportunity for China to demonstrate what young Chinese musicians have to offer the world of classical music.
Semyon Bychkov, who grew up in St.Petersburg, left the Soviet Union, where he studied with the legendary llya Musin, for the United States in the 70s. Now he lives in France, where he directed the Orchestre de Paris from 1989 to 1998, and he is the Chief Conductor of the WDR Singonieorchester and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and chief conductor of Dresden’s Semper Oper. He directed Boris at the Metropolitan and at the Maggio Fiorentino and had great success in Turin in 2006 with Don Carlo. Among the commitments of recent seasons we can remember Don Carlo, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Elektra, Boris Godunov and La Boheme in London; Un Ballo in Maschera and Tristan und Isolde in Paris (and on tour in Japan); Elektra and soon Die Frau ohne Schatten at La Scala; Elektra in Madrid and again DerRosenkavalier in Salisburgo. He is a regular guest of La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra season since 1992.