The 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano made its debut at La Scala. This year, for the first time, the event opened with a concert conducted by Riccardo Chailly, at Piermarini’s famous theatre. The programme was devised to celebrate both the Italian vivacity of Rossini’s Semiramide and William Tell Overtures and the powerfully Russian Pictures from an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, arranged by Ravel. It was a very special evening that underscored the powerful links with Milan, in the spirit of increasing openness to the exchange and circulation of ideas, culture and creativity.
The special connection between these two symbolic ‘Made in Milan’ institutions does not end here, however. Their partnership will continue until 2021, the year in which the Salone del Mobile will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Equally, the common thread between the Salone and La Scala is made clear in the staging of Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut, currently being performed (6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 24th and 27th April): the powerful and hugely magnetic scenography is a reminder of La Scala’s tremendous ability to harness design in all senses of the word, and serves to demonstrate the tremendous skill of the Ansaldo Workshops. No less stunning is Wayne McGregor’s masterpiece, Woolf Works, also being performed at La Scala over the next few weeks (7th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 20th April), which The Guardian newspaper deemed “exhilarating and ravishingly expressive”.
This sets the scene for Milan this April: design, art and music to be enjoyed without interruption.