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La Scala to open season with "Don Giovanni"


MILAN (AP) -- La Scala will open its next season with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" conducted by Daniel Barenboim and featuring a new production by Canadian director Robert Carsen.

The Milan opera house on Friday announced the program for the 2011-2012 season that includes 13 operas -- seven of those new productions -- and seven ballets, two of which will be new productions.

The much-anticipated gala season premier of La Scala on Dec. 7 will star soprano Anna Netrebko in the role of Donna Anna and tenor Giuseppe Filianoti as Don Ottavio. Filianoti lashed out at La Scala in 2008 after he was removed from the gala opening night cast due to mistakes in dress rehearsal.

Netrebko will also be featured in Puccini's "La Boheme" as Mimi, a role she will share on alternating dates with Angela Gheorghiu.

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