An important landmark in the milanese cultural world, the Teatro alla Scala is held as sacred ground for music and musicians. Built in 1778 in the neoclassical style, the opera house is situated on the pedestrian central square of the same name. Facing a statue of Leonardo da Vinci, it is said that the most critical aficionadas not only frequent this famous opera house, they are also vocal about their appreciation—and criticism. On Sunday June 23, 2019, though, the “loggionisti” (those sitting in the upper gallery or the loggione) had no reason to live up to their reputation for catcalling, hissing, and booing. The lineup for the evening was not only impressive, it represented the world’s finest musicians, including conductors Plácido Domingo and Gustavo Dudamel; soprano Sonya Yoncheva; classical pianist Yuja Wang; and tenors Juan Diego Flórez and Jonas Kaufmann.
Supported by Rolex, the gala—in aid of the Teatro alla Scala Academy—also featured the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, another long-time partner of the Swiss watch manufacturer.
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