La Scala rolls out a season of debuts

La Scala rolls out a season of debuts


norman lebrecht

May 31, 2021

The Teatro alla Scala today presented a 2021-22 season of 13 operas and seven ballets amid hopes for an easing of Covid rules that restrict audiences to 500 in a 2,000-seat house.

Among striking debuts are the US soprano Lisette Oropesa, who missed her scheduled slot last season; the UK composer Thomas Ades with his opera The Tempest; and the Italian conductor Speranza Scapucci.

The season will open on December 7 with Verdi’s Macbeth conducted by music director Riccardo Chailly, with Anna Netrebko opposite baritone Luca Salsi and tenor Francesco Meli.

For a full rundown, see here.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Probably nothing from Muti then 😉

  • Livius says:

    Meli, Salsi, Netrebko… Different director, but the same bland performers

    • Bonetti Micaela says:

      Disappointing not to see Saioa Hernandez’s name in any production, as there are some operas in which she would marvel us all !

  • Carlo says:

    Oropesa La Scala debut was in 2019 with Masnadieri

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    A 7th of December without Chailly and Salsi is not a real 7th of December

  • Ulrich Brass says:

    Lisette Oropesa is not debuting at alla Scala. She made her debut there in 2019 singing I Masniaderi. She will be debuting the Giulietta role in Bellini’s opera.

  • TheJayBee says:

    Ms. Oropesa will bleat, wobble and tremolo her way through the Bellini score. How is she considered a good soprano? It beats me…