The robbers are back on the programme again after a long time in hiding. Once again the irresistible music steamrolls the idealistic social criticism of Schiller’s play. Our attention is caught by the bickering brothers vying for the attention of their father and the cute soprano. But oh dear: the father and the nasty brother go mad, the nice brother ends up a robber and the soprano gets killed. Verdi wrote the soprano role for star coloratura Jenny Lind, which explains the breath-taking vocal acrobatics.
The legendary La Scala, Milan was Verdi’s own opera house and it still stands in a league of its own in the operatic world. The production of I masnadieri directed by David McVicar will just have been premiered in summer 2019 when it comes in Savonlinna.
The La Scala visit has been made possible by a substantial grant by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
The visit is also sponsored by LocalTapiola and Andritz.
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Stage director: David McVicar
Stage designer: Charles Edwards
Costume designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Choreographer: Jo Meredith
Lighting designer: Adam Silverman
Chorus master: Bruno Casoni