Date(s) - 8 Jun, 2023
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Piazza del Duomo
The Filarmonica della Scala returns to Piazza Duomo for the unmissable free event dedicated to the city, the Concerto per Milano, now in its 11th edition.
On the podium is principal conductor Riccardo Chailly, joined by Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who starred in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” also conducted by the Maestro and just staged at La Scala.
This is Italy’s best-attended free concert of symphonic music, transforming the city’s landmark venue into a glittering theater. The performance also reaches hundreds of thousands of viewers from home around the world, thanks to live TV and radio broadcasts on Rai 5, Rai Radio 3 and Arte.
The program laid out by Riccardo Chailly is a tribute to the great Italian opera composers: against the backdrop of the iconic facade of the Duomo some of the most famous and acclaimed symphonies and arias in music history resound. It begins with the Sinfonia from Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”, followed by the aria “Sì, ritrovarla io giuro“. Fresh from the La Scala performance Juan Diego Flórez sings “Tombe degli avi miei” from Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”. Then it’s the turn of Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi, with the Overture and aria “È serbata a questo acciaro“. Giuseppe Verdi and “La Traviata” cannot be missed, with the Prelude from Act I and the aria “Lunge da lei“. Grand finale with Giacomo Puccini’s Symphonic Prelude and “Che gelida manina” from “La Bohème” in an evening that promises many surprises.
All previous editions
Concerto per Milano marks the milestone of its eleventh edition: in 2013, on the occasion of Expo Days, anticipating the 2015 universal exposition, Riccardo Chailly had conducted music by Gershwin, with Stefano Bollani at the piano, in front of an audience of nearly 50,000; in 2014 more than 40,000 Milanese stayed to hear Esa-Pekka Salonen with pianist Lang Lang, despite the pouring rain. In the year of Expo, with Chailly on the podium and a performance by David Garrett, the concert in Piazza Duomo became Milan’s most attended classical event. Subsequent editions brought Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, violinist Nikolaj Znaider and Russian pianist Denis Matsuev to the stage with Riccardo Chailly. The 2020 edition was held exceptionally in September, for the Covid-19 emergency, with the title “Concerto per l’Italia” and the participation of the great violinist Maxim Vengerov. In recent years, Riccardo Chailly has never missed his appointment with the city, tailoring evocative programs each time, from great masterpieces inspired by Italian imagery in 2021 to forays into Spanish music in 2022.