La Scala’s first encore since 1933

Matthew Westphal: ArtsJournal
Though Riccardo Muti did allow the chorus to repeat Va, pensiero from Verdi’s Nabucco (which is virtually a second national anthem in Italy) once in 1986 and once in 1996, no soloist has sung an encore at La Scala since the legendary bass Fyodor Chaliapin did it once in 1933 (while Toscanini was out of town). Until the night before last, that is.

It all happened at the opening night of La Scala’s current production of Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment. To encourage you guys to read the actual article, all I’ll do is give a hint: the soloist was a tenor. Anyone guess who?

Leave a Reply