Italian opera houses light up in symbolic reopening

Italian opera houses light up in symbolic reopening


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2021

Tonight, Italian theatres will open their doors and turn on their lights from 1930 to 2130 pm to mark a year of closure.

It’s a symbol of solidarity with furloughed workers and frustrated audiences.


Cool idea.


  • E says:

    Beautiful photo, beautiful house and people!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    La Scala really does look beautiful at night.

  • Nick says:

    What can one add? Except to say that one hopes ALL the staff were “furloughed” unlike all the theatre, concert hall and opera house workers that weren’t in this wretched cultural backwater…

  • Alexander says:

    watched “Salome” from Scala via Rai5 with Elina Stikhina. Convincing rendition multiplied by huge voice of a sheer beauty. I think it is still on Rai5. Free of charge. I wish you, Norman, could watch it .

  • Maria says:

    As if anyone needs reminding!