As part of the ongoing partnership with Abu Dhabi Classics, the Orchestra from the prestigious Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, is returning to Abu Dhabi. This time, the orchestra will invite the public to celebrate the splendours of Italian opera. Together with singers from the Scala, it will present excerpts from the most famous works of Giuseppe Verdi, including La Forza del Destino (1862), Un Ballo in Maschera (1859), Nabucco (1842) and Il Trovatore (1853). To round up this exceptional concert evening, the orchestra will play under the baton of Italian maestro Donato Renzetti the 6th Symphony of Tchaikovsky. Widely considered to be the Russian composer’s masterpiece, the symphony, nicknamed the ‘Pathétique’, premiered in 1893 and is one of the highest expressions of the symphonic age in Classical Music.
Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino
‘Pace, pace mio Dio’ (Clarissa Costanzo, soprano)
Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
‘Eri tu’ (Chi Hoon Lee, baritone)
Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
‘Udiste … Mira, d’acerbe lagrime’ (Clarissa Costanzo, soprano, Chi Hoon Lee, baritone)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Sinfonia n. 6 in si minore op. 74 — ‘Pathétique’
I. Adagio — Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro con grazia
III. Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Accademia Teatro alla Scala is one of the world's foremost institutions of training for performing arts professionals, from artists to technicians to managers.
Chaired by Dominique Meyer and managed by Luisa Vinci, the Academy boasts the finest instructors from Teatro alla Scala and the collaboration of pre-eminent experts in the field, who all strive to share the theatre’s cultural heritage and artistic tradition withthe next generation.
Organised into four departments of Music, Dance, Stagecraft and Management, the Academy offers 30 different courses, attended each year by more than 1,500 students.
The curriculum combines classroom lessons and practical exercises with intense on-the-job training, embodying the philosophy of ‘learning by doing’.
La Scala Academy students play an active role in concerts, special shows, exhibitions and opera productions, both in Italy and abroad.
Donato Renzetti is one of the most respected conductors of the Italian school. He was awarded the 1976 ‘Premio Respighi’ by the Accademia Chigiana in Siena; the Bronze Medal at the 1978 Ernst Ansermet Competition in Geneva; and in 1980, he was the winner of the ‘Guido Cantelli Competition’ at the Teatro alla Scala.
Renzetti has conducted many of the most esteemed orchestras, including the London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, English Chamber Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, all the RAI Orchestras, Dallas Symphony, the Belgian Radio and Television Orchestra in Brussels, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse and the Orchestre National de Lyon.
He has lead productions in the world’s greatest opera houses, such as the Opéra de Paris, Covent Garden in London, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Capitole de Toulouse, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, and all the major theatres in Italy. He has been a guest conductor at festivals in Glyndebourne, Spoleto and Pesaro, as well as the Verdi Festival in Parma.
Renzetti was Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Regionale Toscana between 1987 and 1992, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Real de Sao Carlos from 2004–07, and Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana from 2007–13. In 2015, he was appointed Music Director of the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini.
His recording activity includes works by Schubert, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mayr and Cherubini, on labels including Philips Classics, Frequenz, Fonit Cetra, Nuova Era and Dynamic. His opera recordings include Attila, Il signor Bruschino, La cambiale di matrimonio and La Favorita; on DVD he has recorded La Fille du régiment at the Teatro alla Scala, La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Gioconda at the Arena di Verona and L’italiana in Algeri at the Pesaro Opera Festival. His recording of Schumann’s Manfred with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala won the XIX Premio della Critica Discografica Italiana. With the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini he also recorded the complete Rossini Overtures, released on Opus Arte in April 2018.
Renzetti is a dedicated teacher. For 30 years, he has taught conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, where many of today’s great Italian conductors were pupils, from Gianandrea Noseda to Michele Mariotti. In 2019, he moved his teaching activities to the Alta Scuola di Perfezionamento di Saluzzo, in partnership with the Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino.
Recent engagements include opera productions at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, NCPA of Beijing, New National Theatre Tokyo and Teatro Regio Torino, as well as concerts in Venice, Teatro La Fenice and at the Rossini Opera Festival. In October 2019, Renzetti made his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting the monumental Symphony No. 2 by Alfredo Casella for the first time in Finland.