ROME — Italy’s La Scala
General manager Dominique Meyer said La Scala was reopening one step at a time as the
“I think for many music lovers, the time has come to return to hearing live music, even if the means are reduced,” Meyer told reporters.
The concerts on July 6, 8, 13 and 15 will feature small numbers of artists on stage performing arias, instrumental selections and other pieces. The July 13 concert features recent graduates of La Scala’s academy to highlight the future of opera, while the final event brings members of the La Scala Philharmonic back home after performing a series of free concerts in Milan courtyards in June.
Meyer told reporters Monday he was pleasantly surprised that, even with social distancing in place, the
“We are specialists in spectacle, but not in health,” he explained.
Concert-goers will be required to wear protective masks entering and exiting the
No intermission is planned and the the snack bar will remain closed to prevent lines from forming. Ticket prices range from 24-48 euros ($27-$53). Plans are in place for streaming the concerts and future performances, although the details haven't been worked out.
After the August break, La Scala returns in September with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Milan’s Duomo cathedral to remember Italy’s virus dead, followed by Beethoven’s 9th in the
Plans for full-scale operas to resume are on hold, since Italy’s current virus-containment measures would preclude so many artists being on stage at once, Meyer said.
The Lombardy region around Milan was the ground zero of Europe's COVID-19 outbreak and still is registering double and triple digit infections every day. But health care officials say the situation is under control.
Italy has seen over 240,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and over 34,700 dead, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Experts say the true toll of the pandemic is higher due to limited testing and missed mild cases.
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