Teatro Alla Scala Confirms Opening With ‘La Traviata,’ ‘Aida’ & ‘La Boheme’

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro alla Scala has confirmed that it will open in September after losing 23 million due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dominique Meyer, the new director of the theater, confirmed that the theater will present the Verdi Requiem in honor of the many people who lost their lives to the virus and the families affected by the pandemic.

The director told La Rai that the company is also scheduling Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and that if possible audience members will be able to attend the concerts. He also noted that both the Beethoven and Verdi concerts will be recorded and broadcast around the world.

He also announced that the season will continue with Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Aida” and Puccini’s “La Boheme” conducted by Riccardo Chailly and Zubin Mehta.

Meyer added that the theater has come up with a secure plan to open ensuring the public’s health.

The inclusion of “La Boheme” and “Aida” come as a surprise as both works were not scheduled for the 2019-20 season. The company was set to produce “Il Viaggio a Reims,” “Agrippina,” “La Gioconda,” and “Erwartung/Intolleranza 1960.” No mention was made on how these productions will be affected.

The theater also noted that concerts by the Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann, Maurizio Pollini, Daniel Barenboim, Anna Netrebko, and Anne-Sophie Mutter are still planned.