Breaking: La Scala calls off season launch

Breaking: La Scala calls off season launch


norman lebrecht

October 16, 2020

The wellspring of Italian opera was supposed to launch its 20-21 season this morning, a season that traditionally begins on December 7.

But the renewed rise of Covid across Italy has thrown everything into confusion.

The theatre issued this very short-term emergency statement, confirming its plans until next Monday:

Due the evolution of the epidemic in Italy and Europe and to the consequent uncertainty of the regulations, Teatro alla Scala postpones the press conference which was scheduled for today to present the activity calendar from December 2020 to March 2021.
The performances scheduled up to Monday 19 October are confirmed. Teatro alla Scala follows the situation and will give information about the next performances as soon as the regulations are clarified.


  • J. Kercher says:

    Chailly and Meyer should resign immediately.

    • I am not agree. Chailly did in September the Verdi Requiem in the Duomo and the Concert for Italia in Square few days later with 2 or 3 000 people. Maybe he will make new records like the excellent Respighi album realeased last month who didn’t hace the publicity if deserved.

  • V. Lind says:

    Don’t see what the issue is, let alone for demands for resignations. Italy has just been paced on the self-isolation for travellers list in the UK. Clearly there is a second spike going there and thy are going to rethink some things. Delaying a press conference while the situation and the rules are being clarified seems to me 1) common sense and 2) very small bee in the great scheme of things.

  • Tubby Lister says:

    Don’t go to La Scala when there is an “R” in the month.