Teatro alla Scala Suspends Performances due to Coronavirus

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan has suspended all performances due to the Coronavirus.

The theater stated via social media, “the Teatro alla Scala’s performances are suspended in relation to the spread of the coronavirus as a precautionary measure pending the provisions of the competent authorities.”

The Teatro alla Scala is in the middle of a production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” and was set to present recitals by Aleksandra Kurzak and Maurizio Pollini. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the company also opened a new production of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” and it is in the middle of rehearsals for a new production of R. Strauss’ “Salome.”

The Teatro alla Scala announced that ticketholders can email the company at [email protected] to find out information on the reprogramming of the shows.

The Teatro alla Scala’s cancellations come after the Italian authorities announced that the Coronavirus cases surged from three on Friday to 132 on Sunday. According to CNN, Strict emergency measures have been in place over the weekend, including a ban on public events such as the Venice Carnival and schools in Milan would be closed starting Monday for a week. Fashion houses Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti also told CNN that they would be holding their fashion shows behind closed doors.
However, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice confirmed to OperaWire that its presentation of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” would go on as planned on Feb. 23, 2020.