Before the Scala, it is the great day of Tosca. Applause for Liliana Segre and Mattarella on arrival at the theater


It's the day of the Prima alla Scala in Milan. The appointment is at 6 pm, when the lights in the theater hall will be turned off to start the performance of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. While outside the theater the police are deployed to ensure the safety of the evening and the square was cordoned off, inside the superintendent Alexander Pereira – who will go to the Florentine May from 16 December – welcomes the president of the Republic Sergio Mattarella , the president of the Senate Maria Elisabetta Casellati, the interior minister Luciana Lamorgese, the minister of cultural heritage Dario Franceschini, the sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, the deputy minister of the economy Antonio Misiani, the prefect Renato Saccone, the vice president of the constitutional court Marta Cartabia. Among the first guests to arrive Patti Smith, accompanied by his daughter, and the president of the Senate. On the stages also senators for life Liliana Segre and Mario Monti, the singers Marracash and Elodie, Carla Fracci.The life senator Liliana Segre arrived at the Teatro alla Scala accompanied by her escort and was greeted with applause: "good, great!" some passers-by screamed.

Before the Scala, the armored square. Presidia and protests

Patti Smith, entering the theater, commented in response to questions from reporters with an Sardinian endorsement. "People have power especially in Italy. Sardines have the power," he said. And speaking of Tosca he added: "Tosca is an extraordinary woman, all heart, her character fascinates me a lot". The president of Generali Gabriele Galateri di Genola also arrived with his wife Evelina Christillin, president of the Egyptian Museum of Turin and Uefa councilor, the rector of Bocconi Gianmario Verona, the journalist Bruno Vespa and the actress Vittoria Puccini who was wearing a velvet gown of blue silk robe. Also present was Diana Bracco, president of the eponymous pharmaceutical group, Lella Curiel with her daughter, manager Arturo Artom and his wife, in a green dress by Lella Curiel, which recalls nature's colors. Also present were the governor of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and the deputy of Italia Viva, Maria Elena Boschi in a double-breasted suit of black velvet and gathered hair. Black outfits, furs, feathers, flowers and sequins dominate the outfits.But the Prima will not only be at the theater. Opera lovers and the curious can follow the Tosca directed by maestro Riccardo Chailly also at the airport, in the square, at the cinema and in prison thanks to the "Prima prima", an initiative promoted by the Municipality of Milan and Edison together with the Teatro alla Scala. Tosca will be broadcast live in 36 places in the city (in addition to Terminal 1 of Malpensa Airport and the Mumac – Coffee Machine Museum), with free admission subject to availability. Throughout Italy, however, the work can also be followed live via radio and TV.

The foyer of the Prima: La Scala guests for Tosca

IN THE CITY – Those who live in Milan will be able to put their nose into the Piermarini foyer a stone's throw from Piazza della Scala: in the Octagon of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II a maxi screen has been set up to broadcast the work. It will also be broadcast at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, at the Casa degli Artisti, in the Porta Vittoria railway pass and at the Pirelli Palace.

Before the Prima: the Dolce & Gabbana show on Tosca's stage

AT THE THEATER AND THE CINEMA – The Tosca directed by Davide Livermore will also be visible in the theater and in the cinemas. Among the theaters that will broadcast the premiere are the Teatro Dal Verme, the Pacta Dei Teatri, the Teatro della Cooperativa, the Cine Teatro Delfino, the Spazio Teatro 89 and the Teatro Edi Barriòs.

IN PRISON AND IN HOSPITAL – The story of Tosca and Cavaradossi will also come to the House of Hospitality Enzo Jannacci, to the Emergency house, to the Criminal Institute for Juveniles Cesare Beccaria and to the Niguarda Ca Granda Hospital. Instead, the Deputy Interior Minister Matteo Mauri chose to attend the premiere at San Vittore.AT THE AIRPORT – Anyone who has to take a flight but does not want to miss an air of Puccini will also be able to see the work at Terminal 1 of Malpensa airport.

TO THE MUSEUM – Puccini's work will also be broadcast at the Mudec, the Museum of Cultures, the Children's Museum, the MuBa, the Mic, the Interactive Museum of Cinema and the Mumac, at the Museo Macchine Caffe. At the Wow Spazio Fumetto will also be exhibited three original tables, specially created for the premiere, by three protagonists of the comic strip such as Milo Manara, Simone Bianchi and Fabio Celoni.

ON TV – Also this year, throughout Italy, the first will be seen on TV through the Rai1 live broadcast, which will enrich the evening with interviews and insights.

ON THE RADIO – Those who travel or prefer to remain comfortably on the sofa with headphones, will be able to listen to the work live via radio on the Rai Radio 3 frequencies. Moreover, on RaiPlayRadio, podcasts and ad hoc transmissions will be available.

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