La Scala loses Chailly for several weeks

La Scala loses Chailly for several weeks


norman lebrecht

April 17, 2022

The music director of La Scala Milan has pulled out of next month’s new production of Un ballo in Maschera, ‘due to an indisposition’.

Riccardo Chailly is said to be recovering at home.


  • Evan Tucker says:

    An absolute shame. His Leipzig Ballo is thrilling.

  • fflambeau says:

    He’s a great conductor. I can see him going elsewhere.

  • William Evans says:

    The dictionary gives two noun definitions for ‘indisposition’: (i) a mild illness, and (ii) a lack of enthusiasm or inclination; a reluctance. I wonder which is meant here? (‘Recovering at home’ could suggest Maestro Chailly is doing all he can to muster an iota of interest!) A useful verbal construction that could be employed by managements worldwide to avoid awkwardness in many situations (e.g. ‘a Tristan indisposition’).

  • MB says:

    It also killed Karajan. Worse than Macbeth.

  • Chicagorat says:

    The greatest living Italian conductor, by a thousand miles. Or, better said, the only great living Italian conductor.

    Get well soon, Maestro!

  • fflambeau says:

    NYC could use him badly.