A significant omission in La Scala’s opening gala

A significant omission in La Scala’s opening gala


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2020

The first night of La Scala’s new season, always held on December 7, will have no opera and no audience this year.

Instead it has cameos from:   Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Carlos Alvarez, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Placido Domingo, Juan Diego Florez, Elina Garanca, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak, Francesco Meli, Camilla Nylund, Kristine Opolais, Lisette Oropesa, Marina Rebeka, Ludovic Tezier, and Sonya Yoncheva.

Music director Riccardo Chailly will conduct the Scala orchestra and chorus.

Anyone feeling left out?

Oh, a significant omission.


  • carlo says:

    Yes,…THE MUSIC!!

  • Straussian says:


  • A.L. says:

    Why in hell is Domingo in that lineup? Missing is Lisette Oropesa, no?, who was supposed to open the season as Lucia d L.

    • Mark Atwood says:

      Lisette Oropesa is indeed on the list of singers, it just seems that Norman has her mistakenly omitted from this list. But she was one of the first signed on to sing in this concert, as her promotions of it began immediately after the Lucia was canceled.

    • Antony Walker says:

      Actually Lisette Oropesa IS performing (according to her instagram account and the La Scala official poster). Mr. Lebrecht just didn’t mention her.

  • Anthony Moore says:

    Mr Grigolo.

  • William Safford says:

    No Muti?

  • Anthony Moore says:

    I meant ——–Mr. Grigolo?

  • In this difficult moment Chailly gives me a christmas gift 18 before. I suppose Norman that you are talking about Luca Salsi…

  • M2N2K says:

    Yes, I do feel left out – I have received no invitation… Again!

  • Paul B says:

    Well… Mr Netrebko (pictured) is not on the list because his wife isn’t there, as it seems she will be singing in Russia.
    If she would have been in Milan, he would have been on the list too! Just like Alagna and his much less talented current wifey, he is there so she is there too, what a surprise!
    I think the question would actually be: Anyone feeling overrated because they were put on this way too looong list?
    Because many of the ones there are definitely curious choices. Also bear in mind that the line-up here on slippeddisc is not actually the complete one, an update would be nice.

  • psq says:

    Has anyone noticed that there is no one from the Anglo-Saxon (including North American) world?