La Scala gingerly revives a Maria Callas rolemain
Tonight, La Scala will give its first performance of Bellini’s Il Pirata for 60 years.
Back in 1958, Antonino Votto conducted a truncated version with Maria Callas, Franco Corelli and Ettore Bastianini.
Imogene is one of three Callas roles that La Scala has never revived. The others are Medea – and Paolina in Donizetti’s Poliuto (but let’s not go there).
Tonight, Sonya Yoncheva will take the Callas role. Riccardo Frizza will conduct almost the complete score.
Stand by for reactions.