Teatro alla Scala, Milan’s world-renowned opera house, staged a moving tribute Monday evening for Claudio Abbado, the Italian conductor who was the theatre’s director between 1968 and 1986 and who died last week. (via WSJ.com)
Claudio Abbado, having worked with the Berlin Philaharmonic, the Vienna State Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and La Scala in Milan, was one of the most sought after conductors. He died January 20th in Milan, Italy of an unspecified illness. The outpouring of affection for Abbado has been swift and, for me, a little overwhelming. Seeing the picture of all those people standing outside of La Scala, listening to music pouring out from its open doors, just so that they can publicly mourn the loss of a man they probably didn’t know, is, I think, incredible.
To celebrate and remember this great conductor we have complied a series of videos for you to enjoy.