Madonna is turned away by La Scala

Madonna is turned away by La Scala


norman lebrecht

June 18, 2019

Sovrintendente Alexander Pereira has a problem with her high notes?

Not quite.

Read here.

Madonna said: ‘It has always been my dream to sing at La Scala.’

And she has at least one great classical friend (assuming he’s still classical).

UPDATEL Clarification from La Scala: We just make opera, ballet and concerts and not rock/pop events. There is a long list of requests…



  • Caravaggio says:

    Does not belong at La Scala. Period. What doesn’t she get?

  • anon says:

    A few years ago Laga Gaga and Tony Bennet sang at the Santa Fe Opera. It only has a 2 month season. It’s an open air theater. They rent out the house during the warmer months outside the opera season. FWIW, Gaga is a far better singer than Madonna.

    • YS says:

      Right. Madonna cannot sing and is famous for vulgarity. Bennett and Lady Gaga were sensational together

      • Brettermeier says:

        “Madonna cannot sing and is famous for vulgarity.”

        Right, Lady Gaga is a saint. 😉

        If you compare their respective latest albums (or performances), ok, can’t argue there. But that doesn’t change the fact that Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” is one of the best pop albums ever.

      • Ned Keene says:

        Tony who? And then you have the brass neck to talk about ‘vulgarity’?

    • Nik says:

      The Vienna Staatsoper is given over to the Jazzfest Wien every July.

  • brian says:

    Ha, all I can think of is that movie where Meryl Streep plays Foster Jenkins. Great film, highly recommended. It’s funny but Streep in her genius gives that character reality and depth.

  • Ned Keene says:

    I could absolutely see her as Anna I in Seven Deadly Sins, or as Frau Begbick in Mahagonny. [With the proviso that she attended all the rehearsals, and agreed to appear for all the advertised performances in the run.] Maybe the stalwart Scala fans would stay at home – but the tickets would move like hot cakes, and bring new audiences into a moribund theatre that badly needs them.

    Or would she sing Mrs Lovett? Something to get Dominique Meyer salivating 🙂

  • Ned Keene says:

    One of the (man)y reasons why the old fool Pereira has been discontinued in Milan. Nobody needs an opera theatre preserved in formaldehyde.

  • Jack says:

    I’d have to say this falls into the “WHO CARES?” category. Obviously, though, some actually do…sigh.

  • Alex Louis Veronicus Ciccio Pereira says:

    one of the rare moments in the last time when Pereira did the right thing !

  • DirtLawyer says:

    There’s no AutoTune at La Scala.

  • Karl says:

    They are exclusively classical. No low brow entertainment there! Classical music does not play well with others. Flogging Molly did a concert at the Palace Theater in Albany a few years ago and Dave King made fun of the Symphony. “The symphony plays here, doesn’t it?” in a mocking tone!

    • Mick the Knife says:

      never heard of them

      • Karl says:

        I’m a fan of both the Albany Symphony and Flogging Molly. They are touring this year. Staring in Europe on June 20 and the coming to the US in mid August. I don’t see any concert for them at at La Scala.

    • Ned Keene says:

      You must be heaps of fun at parties. You could sing some Lutheran chorales to a karaoke beat. And a ‘mocking tone”.

  • V. Lind says:

    Never miss a chance, do you? A dig at Lang Lang — now apparently for who his friends include?

    I was not aware of this friendship, not getting Lang Lang gossip anywhere but here. But its relevance to this story is nil, and the inclusion of this shot seems edged with malice.

  • tian says:

    La Scala management, ancient and conservative…

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    Unless La Scala has a great deal of cutting edge playbook technology in place, it is a venue for singers… not someone who dances to pre-recorded tracks that are processed and auto-tuned to the nth degree.

  • Patrick says:

    Want to make a huge amount of money all in one night to help fund opera productions at La Scala? ….book Madonna for a pop concert. Consider it a benefit concert.

  • Adrienne says:

    And maybe, for instance, Roger Federer would like to play for Manchester United………