Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009
Milan’s venerable La Scala arrives for an extensive tour in which the company—plus 100 extras hired in Tokyo—will perform two landmark works by a composer who is indelibly associated with the opera house. Giuseppe Verdi debuted Aida, his depiction of the fate of an Ethiopian slave girl in pharaonic Egypt, at La Scala in 1871. Violeta Umana and Maria Jose Siri take turns in the lead role in a production featuring sets by cinematic legend Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The tour then shifts venues for Verdi’s portrayal of the son of the King of Spain, the epic, four-hour-long Don Carlo.
Verdi’s Egyptian epic, performed by La Scala with sets by Franco Zeffirelli. Sep 4, 5pm; Sep 6, 3pm, ¥10,000-¥67,000. NHK Hall, Shibuya. Tel: NBS Ticket Center 03-3791-8888.