Un caffè col critico

Every Wednesday at 5pm starting from April 28th, we will release a new episode of “Il Tempo di un caffè” a new series with Alberto Mattioli and Pierluigi Panza. In only ten minutes, the two critics will reveal many interesting stories behind the artworks in Museo Teatrale alla Scala, starting with a video by Mattioli on the “Dive del belcanto”. On May 5th, the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, Panza will talk about the relationship between Napoleon and La Scala.

Alberto Mattioli Belcanto Divas

Alberto Mattioli inaugurates the new video series of Museo Teatrale alla Scala speaking about the most famous singers from the past starting from Giuseppina Grassini, Adelina Patti, Maria Malibran and Giuditta Pasta, and up to the divine Maria Callas and her supposed rival Renata Tebaldi

Pierluigi Panza Napoleone at La Scala

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, the second episode of “Il Tempo di un caffè” is dedicated to the relationship between the Teatro alla Scala and the French leader. Pierluigi Panza tells us about the Emperor’s visits to La Scala and the history of the Napoleonic relics kept in the Museum.

Alberto MattioliPop Tenors

In the third episode of “Il Tempo di un caffè” Alberto Mattioli speaks about the most famous tenors of all time. From the romantic Gian Battista Rubini, the first tenor who passes from “gorgheggio” to cantilena singing and stratospheric high notes, up to Beniamino Gigli, the first national-popular tenor. Mattioli goes on describing the neo-realist tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, ending the episode speaking about the last exponent of Pop tenorism: Luciano Pavarotti..

Pierluigi Panza The façade of Teatro alla Scala en plein air

In this fourth episode, Pierluigi Panza talks about the most significant painting in the Museum: The façade of Teatro alla Scala by Angelo Inganni (1852). This painting gives Panza the opportunity to tell us more about the history of the Theatre and about the city of Milan in the nineteenth century.

Alberto Mattioli Rossini e Verdi: the invention of the image of Italy’s two principal opera composers

In this episode of “Il Tempo di un caffè” Alberto Mattioli talks about the image of the two main Italian composers of the nineteenth century. The creation of Rossini and Verdi ’s myth was a process both contemporary and consequent to their careers, but it distorted their real biographies.

Pierluigi Panza Piermarini, the birth of a theatre

How was Teatro alla Scala born? Who is the architect who designed it? And above all why is it called like that? Pierluigi Panza replies to these questions in this episode of “Il Tempo di un caffè” retracing the events that led to the construction of La Scala.

Alberto Mattioli Music and business at the Opera

In this episode, Alberto Mattioli explains why La Scala used to be a great business thanks to gambling, which engaged many people in the foyers and thanks to the purchase of tickets and the renting of the boxes. Barbaja and then Merelli were the skilled “impresari” who managed the careers of artists such as Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi without failing to enrich themselves as well as their artists.

Pierluigi Panza Statues at the Opera

In Museo Teatrale alla Scala there are many statues, busts, medallions and bisque which, in addition to portraying the great protagonists of the history of the Theater, are often made by important sculptors. Some of international fame such as Vincenzo Gemito, Antonio Canova and Igor Mitoraj, others more linked to the history of the city of Milan, such as Lodovico Pogliaghi and Adolfo Wildt.

Alberto Mattioli Secular relics and musical fetishes

In this episode Alberto Mattioli shows us Puccini’s funerary mask, as a starting point to talk about the memorabilia preserved in Museo Teatrale alla Scala. Among Mozart’s lock of hair, Chopin’s hands cast, Toscanini’s wands and Leyla Gencer’s jewels, there are numerous profane relics that have aroused the fetishism of men of the past and present.