Teodor Currentzis to make La Scala debut

Teodor Currentzis to make La Scala debut


norman lebrecht

April 10, 2018

The controversial Russian-based Greek conductor has been given a coveted guest orchestra spot at La Scala.

He will conduct his own Musica Aeterna group there next Monday in  Mozart-Beethoven programme.



  • Richard Diver says:

    Why controversial?

  • Rgiarola says:

    Not to risk for him, since it’s Musica Aeterna. Debut at la Scala with local ensemble, conducting a well-know Italian opera, it is not something for someone with weak nerves.

  • Caravaggio says:

    The silver lining here is that the La Scala Orchestra will be spared the assault from the hack.

  • highwayroller says:

    Expect rave reviews.

  • Rob says:

    At least he is doing things differently unlike the run of the mill ‘young’ conductors who have got lucky rather than have any obvious talent.

    • Michael says:

      Doing things differently is okay as long as the results are good or at least palatable. But being different just to be different with strange results is not good. I find him to be a bit of a sham, at least so far.

  • Simon Toyne says:

    I’ve just seen him conduct this concert at the Concertgebouw – the Milanese are in for an amazing experience. Absolutely thrilling music-making which somehow manages to combine physical and emotional immediacy with tenderness, delicacy and wit, while having a superb grasp of architecture. And a palpable, symbiotic relationship with the orchestra, each member of which plays with such commitment. Could we put cynicism aside and enjoy the wonderful way in which different artists respond to music? “Hack” indeed…

    • Highwayroller says:

      No they could not, Simon. But they love being snarky, that’s for sure.

      Anyone who’s seen and heard MusicAeterna knows it’s one of the best choirs/orchestras currently in the world.

  • Wiener says:

    Des Kaisers neue Kleider , musikalisch nackt und keiner traut es sich zu sagen.

  • Bruce says:

    Well, it’s a debut at “La Scala” the hall, not La Scala the opera company. So not really, but kind of.