(ANSA) - MILAN, 14 JAN - "We are used to slalom": the superintendent of the Scala Dominique Meyer says it with a smile at the press conference for the presentation of I Capuleti ei Montecchi, by Vincenzo Bellini, which will make its debut on 18 January.
A debut jeopardized by the forfeit of Evelino Pidò, conductor who the day before the start of the rehearsals with the orchestra was found to be positive at Covid even with symptoms.
It was therefore necessary to find a replacement on the run. And so Speranza Scappucci came running to the epiphany who in this way became the first Italian to conduct an opera at La Scala, third overall after Claire Gibault, who in 1995 directed La station thermale by Fabio Vacchi and Susanna Mälkkis on the podium for the debut of Quartett by Luca Francescon in 2011. But in that case it was contemporary works, in this case instead of the bel canto repertoire.
Smiling, she says she feels "responsibility", the company has not frightened her. "I got on a horse in full swing with a pinch of madness that perhaps is needed in these things" she explains at the press conference after thanking Pidò and the whole theater for making her "feel at home".
On the other hand, his curriculum is long: since 2017 he has been principal guest conductor of the Opéra Royale de la Wallonie in Liège and has directed in large theaters, from the Met in New York to the Opéra in Paris. On January 27, he was supposed to conduct the inaugural concert of the Mozarteum, the Mozart festival in Salzburg which was canceled yesterday due to the pandemic. "She is brave" sums up Meyer who acknowledged the commitment of the director (Alfred Noble, former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in his Milanese debut), of all the theater workers "who jump through hoops every day" and of the cast that includes like Lisette Oropesa (Giulietta) and Michele Pertusi (Lorenzo), Marianne Crebassa (Romeo) and sees the scaliger debut of the Chinese Jinxu Xiahou (Tebaldo), who was also called to the last minute after the forfeit of René Barbera.All available to change tests, skipped programming to get to go on stage.