Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

La Scala Goes to the Movies Too

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

La Scala Goes to the Movies Too

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COMING soon to a cinema near you are five operas from the current seasonat La Scala, Milan and more besides.

Ever since New York's Metropolitan Opera went in for movie-house projections 18months ago, others have gone charging into the breach.

Glyndebourne has screened Tristan and Isolde up and down the land and CoventGarden is due imminently to announce a roll-out of its goodies to Europe andthe US, though not yet (I gather) to UK audiences.

La Scala's package is as starry as you'd expectAngela Gheorghiu in Traviata, her husband Roberto Alagna in Aida (before hiscelebrated walkout scene), Anna Caterina Antonacci in Donizetti's MariaStuarda, and others of equal heft, along with three productions from Florence'sMaggio Musicale Festival and the Fenice theatre in Venice.

Watch out for listings at your nearest Vue theatre.

But before anyone acclaims this as the new era of open access to opera, thereare limits to Shangri-la. The Met's appeal to 600,000 US viewers so far wasdictated by the size of the American continent and the scarcity of highqualityopera between its two coasts. …

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