Opera Chic feels very protective* toward the talent of il maestrino Robin Ticciati because he is someone who's taking careful steps toward what to OC seems clearly to be greatness -- he's destined to become one of the great Mozart conductors of the future, judging by his delicate Sogno di Scipione and his sensitive Così Fan Tutte (last summer's Glyndenbourne production had a bonus: Rinat Shaham's Dorabella).
And Mozart is part of a funky program that Maestro Ticciati is going to bust @ la Scala this coming Monday sending thrills of excitement down Opera Chic's cashmere-clad spine:
Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Mozart's Piano Concerto K503 (Rudolf Buchbinder, the piano man), Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Sibelius's Seventh Symphony.
Incredibly, the Sibelius piece will be performed for only the second time in Milan -- the first time, it had been splendidly delivered by Orchestra Verdi in the fall of 2005, conducted by the Fresh Prince Of Sprezzatura himself, Francesco Maria Colombo.
We hereby give OC's readers a nice bit of Sibelius goodness, a nice mp3 of that 2005 performance courtesy of FMC's own website, via yousendit not to harass il maestro's server too much. UPDATE New Rapidshare link here, hopefully it works since both Yousendit and senduit links have been apparently drained by our thirsty reader's craws
Of course, OC will be in teh haus this coming Monday to report on the weirdykinz night of Estonian, Austrian, British and Finnic goodness.
* (We are not protective towards him when we play the Xbox 360 online though: we have in fact kicked his ar$e many times at Halo3 and Blacksite. But we're not at freedom to divulge his Xbox Live handle, nor ours)