17 Jan-12 Feb. This is the first time in the last 40 years that the Verdi's opera will be performed in its original five-act version, since it was first seen in Paris in 1867. Claudio Abbado was the last to include the Fontainebleu Act in the opera at a La Scala performance back in 1977.
Here Myung-Whun Chung, one of the world's most experienced Verdi conductors, goes back to the original, directed by Peter Stein in a production for the Salzburg Festival, which was conducted there by Antonio Pappano with the tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
In Milan the top-notch cast includes Ferruccio Furlanetto, Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Francesco Meli, one of the best Verdi tenors of the moment. The Financial Times critic was not impressed by the 2013 Salzburg production, maintaining that Stein, “had outdone himself in cringe-inducing dullness.” Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, www.teatroallascala.org.