Moscow’s Bolshoi returns to perform in Milan

7-13 Sept. At Milan’s La Scala after 11 years.

Russia’s world-famous Bolshoi corps de ballet returns to Milan 11 years after their last performance here – and half a century since their first exchange visit in 1964.

Presenting La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) by Ludwig Minkus, and La Bisbetica Domata (Taming of the Shrew) by Dmitri Shostakovich, the company will bring back to La Scala, where he first performed, the 23-year-old Pavia-born Jacopo Tissi, the first Italian dancer to join the Bolshoi.

“There are so many things which unite Russia and Italy,” said Bolshoi director Makhar Vaziev, “and this is a step towards understanding each other and communicating.”

Vaziev, who had been director of ballet at La Scala for eight years before transferring to the Bolshoi in 2016, added: “La Scala taught me so much, and I’m very grateful to this theatre with its great history.  I’m very moved to be here; I’ve been through the theatre and feel at home again.”

As well as Tissi, promoted in July to the rank of “principal soloist”, the star-studded cast will include dancers of the calibre of Alonya Kovalyova, Svetlana Zakharova, Denis Rodkin, Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin.

Programme details, tickets on the Teatro alla Scala website.