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Conductor Riccardo Chailly to celebrate 40 years at La Scala

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/31/2017
Conductor Riccardo Chailly, center, speaks during a news conference flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left, and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press Conductor Riccardo Chailly, center, speaks during a news conference flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left, and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN (AP) — Conductor Riccardo Chailly is celebrating 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera "Andrea Chenier" starring soprano Anna Netrebko.

Conductor Riccardo Chailly speaks during a news conference flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press Conductor Riccardo Chailly speaks during a news conference flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Chailly says that opening the 2017-18 season with Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier" is aimed at reviving the long-neglected genre of Italian "verismo." Chailly, who became La Scala's music director in 2015, described the gritty, post-Romantic genre as "extraordinarily intense and tied to La Scala."

La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira gestures during a news conference at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira gestures during a news conference at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Netrebko will share the stage with her husband, Yusif Eyvazov.

Conductor Riccardo Chailly, right, and his wife Gabriella Terragni leave after a news conference at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press Conductor Riccardo Chailly, right, and his wife Gabriella Terragni leave after a news conference at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

La Scala's next season includes 15 operas, eight of which are new productions. Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's first-ever opera was solicited by La Scala's general manager.

Conductor Riccardo Chailly, center, is flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left , and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira as they pose for a photo at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press Conductor Riccardo Chailly, center, is flanked by Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, left , and La Scala theater manager Alexander Pereira as they pose for a photo at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Riccardo Chailly celebrates 40 years at La Scala next season, which he will open by conducting the Italian opera ''Andrea Chenier'' starring soprano Anna Netrebko for the gala season premier. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

La Scala also will reprise Franco Zeffirelli's 1963 production of "Aida" for the director's 95th birthday.

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