The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will not be present tomorrow at the opening of the opera season at La Scala with Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, but he will be present physically in his place (and in all likelihood the warm applause that usually gives the hall). he) will be the senator for life Liliana Segre who will sit in the center of the royal box. Thus ended a hectic day in which the allocation of seats in the royal box seemed like a puzzle, or rather a complex chess game in which the ceremonial aspect intersected with the purely political, bordering on diplomatic accident and deactivating the possibility of disputes.
The morning began with a statement from the representatives of the CGIL and the Anpi section of La Scala who announced that they would not participate “in any institutional greeting ceremony addressed to those who have never condemned fascism, its colonial wars, the alliance and the subjugation to Nazism that generated racial laws and much mourning and misery for the Italian people”, he communicated with the title “Fascists are not welcome at La Scala”. The name of the president of the Senate does not appear in the text, but the representatives themselves confirmed that they were referring to him when they refused to be present in the authorities’ usual greeting to the cast and a delegation of the artistic masses. And among the musicians, some even imagined some protest against La Russa by the public who last year (as always in recent years) warmly applauded Mattarella, who had Giorgia Meloni at his side.
The Head of State had to decline the invitation this year, promising to arrive in 2024, and the Prime Minister will be in Milan, but only in the morning, to visit the Artisan at the fair and then participate in a charity initiative. Strictly ceremonial, the central place on the stage belonged to La Russa, who nevertheless launched a proposal: “I would be happy – he said – if the senator for life Segre, tomorrow where the President of the Republic cannot be present, were present on the stage of honor at La Scala, also to reiterate the closeness and solidarity that exists between all of us in Middle East affairs. Naturally, this depends on Mrs. Segre and a formal invitation from the mayor, but I believe this is underway.” . Then the news leaked that Sala would sit next to Segre but in the stalls, abandoning the royal box, although the mayor, as president of the theater, is the host. An election, the mayor stated, that was not intended to be controversial towards La Russa but rather “a political message” of “closeness to Senator Segre.”
At that time, the president of the Senate also said that he was willing to sit at the hearing with Segre. Then, in the evening, the designation of the seats in the box with him, his wife Laura de Cicco, the senator’s daughter, Federica Belli Paci, Liliana Segre, Giusppe Sala and his partner Chiara Bazzoli in the front row. And behind the deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, the minister María Elisabetta Casellati, the governor Attilio Fontana and the prefect Claudio Sgaraglia. Also sitting in the audience were Vittorio Sgarbi, the director Pedro Almodóvar and the actor Louis Garrel, Ornella Vanoni and Patti Smith. Everyone is ready to enjoy tomorrow’s show.
Patti Smith and Liliana Segre will be invited to the premiere.
World of politics, entertainment, art and finance: as always, the premiere at La Scala is a moment of encounter between different worlds. And it will be this year too with a multitude of guests ranging from Patti Smith to Senator for Life Liliana Segre, from the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa to the director of the Paris Opera Alexandre Neef. This year, for Don Carlo, directed by Riccardo Chailly, the Head of State Sergio Mattarella will not be present, but he has already assured his presence for next year, nor will the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, but La Russa and the Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, the Minister of Reforms, María Elisabetta Casellati, and the Undersecretaries of Culture, Gianmarco Mazzi and Vittorio Sgarbi.
And also the chief of staff Giuseppe Cavo Dragone. Mayor Giuseppe Sala, president of the theater, and president of the Region Attilio Fontana will do the honors. Claudio Sgaraglia, recently appointed prefect of Milan, will make his debut, while the presence of senator for life Mario Monti is confirmed.
Raina Kabaivanska, the unforgettable protagonist of Don Carlo, will return to La Scala in the role of Elisabetta in 1964 with Gabriele Santini and in 1969 with Claudio Abbado, and Ornella Vanoni is also expected, as well as the architects Stefano Boeri and Mario Botta, who signed the extension of the Piermarini and the new tower on via Verdi, and also the artist Francesco Vezzoli, the artistic director of the Maxxi in Rome Francesco Stocchi, the actress Andrea Jonasson, widow of Giorgio Strehler, the general director of Rai Roberto Sergio, the former The superintendents of the Scala Carlo Fontana, who has just published his autobiography ‘It will be the adventure, a life for the theater’ and Alexander Pereira and theater guides such as the Monnaie of Brussels Peter de Caluwe, the artistic director of Real Madrid Joan Matabosch, the superintendents, among other things, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Michele dall’Ongaro and the Regio di Torino Francesco Giambrone.
And of course the newly appointed La Scala stars Roberto Bolle and Nicoletta Manni, along with her husband Timofej Adrijashenko, also a La Scala principal dancer like Antonella Albano, Martina Arduino, Alice Mariani, Virna Toppi, Marco Agostino. Nicola Del Freo and Antonino Sutera.
Director Pedro Almodóvar and actor Louis Garrel will also be at the Scala premiere tomorrow. This was anticipated by the Giorgio Armani fashion house, which tomorrow night will also dress the main dancers Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Andrijashenko, who were married last summer in Salento. Chiara Bazoli, partner of Mayor Beppe Salza, Giovanna Salza, wife of Corrado Passera, and Maria Porro, president of the furniture fair, also chose to wear a Giorgio Armani creation. Also wearing Armani will be Scala dancers Claudio Coviello, Alice Mariani, Martina Arduino and Marco Agostino.