We can only hope his term in Italy will indeed end in 2015, so he could come to Paris to rescue whatever will remain of the Paris Opera by the autumn of 2015.
Below is a mighty list of what Lissner and La Scala prepare for the period before the end of October 2015.
Season Openings [followed by dozens of millions of people worldwide every year]:
- December 7 2012 (opening of the 2012-2013 season), new production of Lohengrin [dir- Claus Guth, cnd- Daniel Barenboim; cast: Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape]
- December 7 2013, new production of La Traviata [dir- Dmitri Tcherniakov, cnd- Daniele Gatti; cast: Diana Damrau]
- December 7 2014, new production of Fidelio [dir- Deborah Warner, cnd- Daniel Barenboim]
Wagner bicentenary obliges, and so besides the above-mentioned Lohengrin, La Scala will also present:
- 2 runs of their Ring des Nibelungen in June 2013, including the two remaining operas [dir- Guy Cassiers, cnd- Daniel Barenboim]
warning -- ticket sales will begin coming Monday/Tuesday and the prices will range from 420€ to 1,200€ for the full Ring
- New production of The Flying Dutchman [dir- Andreas Homoki, cnd- Hartmut Haenchen, cast: Bryn Terfel]
8 productions of Verdi operas, of which only two will be revivals:
- Don Carlo [dir- Stéphane Braunschweig, cnd- Fabio Luisi]
- Aida [dir- Franco Zeffirelli, cnd- Gian-Andrea Noseda].
- Falstaff [dir-Robert Carsen, cnd- Daniel Harding]
- Nabucco [dir- Daniele Abbado, cnd- Nicola Luisotti]
- Oberto [dir- Mario Martone, cnd- Andrea Battistoni]
- Trovatore [dir- Mario Martone, cnd- ???]
- Macbeth [dir- Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, cnd- Valery Gergiev]
- Un ballo in maschera [dir- Damiano Michieletto, cnd- Daniele Rustioni]
During the 6 months of Expo 2015, La Scala will be opened every night (i.e. from May to October) with grand total of 17 productions, most of which will be the revivals of La Scala productions of Italian operas. Several new productions, however:
- Turandot [dir- Nikolaus Lehnhoff, cnd- Riccardo Chailly; cast: Nina Stemme]
- An Inconvenient Truth, world premiere, opera composed by Giorgio Battistelli (obviously inspired by the eponymous film by Al Gore)
- Otello mounted in a peculiar way by the star-architect Norman Foster (assisted by Jürgen Flimm), and with Daniel Barenboim conducting