Iván Fischer, Conductor
Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
The Princeton University Orchestra presents the Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala, conducted by Iván Fischer, on their United States tour.
About the Artist:
The La Scala Academy Orchestra traces its origin to the master courses for young musicians embarking on a career in a professional orchestra. It is currently the only institution providing training across the entire orchestra repertoire: symphonies, operas, and ballets. Under the guidance of acclaimed musicians and the first chairs of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, the two-year curriculum provides individual training in the chosen instrument and ensemble lessons in chamber music, orchestra sections, and full orchestra exercises.
The Academy Orchestra performs at famous theatres, concert societies, and international festivals. The more notable venues include Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, La Fenice of Venice, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Teatro Bellini of Catania, the RAI Auditorium in Turin, the Ravello Festival, and the Kissinger Sommer Festival.
Naturally, the La Scala Academy Orchestra works closely with Teatro alla Scala, which welcomes it to the pit for one of the season’s operas. Notable titles have included Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, L’occasione fa il ladro, L’italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale, La scala di seta, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, and, most recently, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In 2018 Alì Babà e i Quaranta ladroni by Luigi Cherubini and in 2019 Prima la musica poi le parole by Antonio Salieri, Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.
But of course Teatro alla Scala is also famous for ballet, and the Academy Orchestra has accompanied the Ballet Corps on a number of occasions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, Onegin, and Histoire de Manon.
Over its history, the Orchestra has been led by a long list of preeminent conductors: Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Ádám Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Roland Böer, Michele Mariotti, Gustavo Dudamel, Gianandrea Noseda, Stefano Ranzani, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, John Axelrod, Susanna Mälkki, Pietro Mianiti, Daniele Rustioni, David Coleman, Mikhail Tatarnikov, and Lorenzo Viotti. It has also accompanied soloists of the caliber of Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Alexei Volodin, Simon Trpčeski, David Fray, Olga Kern, and Alessandro Taverna.