Breaking: La Scala will reopen in September with Verdi’s Requiem

Breaking: La Scala will reopen in September with Verdi’s Requiem


norman lebrecht

April 28, 2020

The Teatro alla Scala has told us tonight that it aims to reopen in September in the Duomo of Milan with a performance of the Verdi Requiem for victims of Covid-19, Riccardo Chailly conducting. The performance will also be offered to the suffering cities of Bergamo and Brescia.

The formal reopening of La Scala will be Beethoven’s ninth symphony with Chailly, in honour of health service workers.

There will be no funds at first for new productions so two Zeffirelli’s will be brought out for popular enjoyment, Aida and Bohème.

The new season will be announced in June.

All depends, of course, on Government and scientific guidance. But, as they say at La Scala, ‘when the day comes, we will be ready.’



  • Vineti says:

    Will anyone to raport who will be singing it or will Maestro Chailly also be doing that. So sick and tired of only finding the conductors and stage director’s names for productions – its a damn requiem who is singing it or is that also irelevant now?!

  • After the cancellation of the tradiotional and magic concert of June, on the Place of the Duomo, I realy hope that la Scala will not do the same thing. Septemlber it’s a very optimistic project. Two years ago I had the chance to see this requiem of la Scala by Chailly it’s a kind of memory you keep for all a life of spectator.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      September is not “optimistic” but quite realistic. Of course, we will have to see exactly how the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds over the next few weeks and months. So there is always a chance that it will take a bit longer before concerts restart.

  • Ron Swanson says:

    Good choice to restart with. Not sure how the 9th will go down with its association with the EU. The 9th also feels a little joyful for the situation.

  • Don Fatale says:

    These little glimmers of hope are precious right now.

  • Karl says:

    I don’t think any planning can be certain at this point. I hope they are able to pull it off though. Live music performances are the most uplifting experiences in life. I still remember my first – Czech Philharmonic on tour with Jiří Bělohlávek conducting Beethoven, Martinu, and Stravinsky.

  • annnon says:

    The Dies Irae should be sung in Chinese, who by the way, should compensate Italy.