Italian Theaters Close in Lombardy, Italy due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

A number of theaters in Lombardy, Italy have canceled scheduled performances due to the Coronavirus.

The Fondazione Teatro Fraschini in Pavia, the Teatro Sociale in Bergamo, Teatro Grande di Brescia, and the Teatro Sociale di Como, among others, have canceled performances scheduled for Feb. 23, 2020. The Teatro Comunale Ponchielli was also forced to cancel a performance on Feb. 22, 2020.

The announcements come after Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced “restrictions in the Lombard area which included the closure of public buildings, limited transport, and the surveillance and quarantine of individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.”

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan announced earlier Sunday that the theater had suspended all performances until further notice.

Since Friday, the Cornavirus cases have spiked from three to 132 in Italy and is by far the largest outbreak in Europe. The Governor of Veneto,  Luca Zaia also announced Sunday that the Venice Carnavale would be canceled. However, the Teatro La Fenice confirmed to OperaWire that its presentation of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” on Feb. 23, 2020 would go as planned.