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2017 SUMMER CONCERT FESTIVAL
Fridays at 5:30pm
July 21 & 28, Aug 4 & 11
Ideas for WFM's 2016 Summer Concert Festival: More Haendel
January 28, 2016 : Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
La Scala may have built its reputation on lavish productions of warhorses, but the house embraces an expansive view of the operatic canon, focusing its vast resources on less-performed genres—like the Baroque—as well. Starting with this theatrical realization of a Handel oratorio (already well-received in Berlin and Zurich, and in a brand new production here), the theatre will present one piece per season aimed at creating a new tradition of historically accurate Baroque performance: a rare move for such a big house. It’s worth paying attention to the stars both on and below stage: Baroque specialist Diego Fasolis will lead a period-instrument orchestra. Via Filodrammatici, Milan; 39-02/860-775.
Through January 31: Ariodante at Dutch National Opera
Considered a gem of the Baroque opera seria genre, Handel’s Ariodante has a story worthy of Shakespeare: on the eve of his engagement in the palace of the King of Scotland, the titular prince is the victim of a ruse alleging his fiancée’s infidelity; said fiancée then proceeds to (nearly) lose her mind. Expect melodrama and intrigue in this take on the story, which won best new production at this year’s International Opera Awards. Amstel 3, Amsterdam; 31-20/625-5455.