The world's most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, has been forced to close due to the Coronavirus.
The company released a statement on their social media account today,
"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. For information relating to the reprogramming of the cancelled shows and the refund of the tickets, please write to the address email@example.com or call the Info service +39 02 72 003 744 (everyday from 9am till 6pm). For further information, please visit the website www.teatroallascala.org and the social media of the theater."
Northern Italy has been under siege as the Coronavirus continues to rapidly spread throughout the country. Italian police have been patrolling perimeters of northern Italy and have created many check-points. Residents have been forced to be on a mandatory lock-down and all public events have been cancelled. The annual carnival in Venice and and the Milan fashion shows are among the other public events affected by the spread of the Coronavirus. Many towns in Italy are under lock-down and no travel is permitted under any circumstances. The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has stated the lockdown could last for many weeks.
CANCELLED PERFORMANCES AT LA SCALA
Many performances have been forced to cancel. This includes Aleksandra Kurzak's first voice recital at La scala where she had planned to perform works by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Also, Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore has been forced to cancel which had a star-studded cast including Francesco Meli as Manrico, Liudmyla Monastyrska as Leonora, Violeta Urmana as Azucena, Massimo Cavalleti as Il Conte di Luna, Riccardo Fassi as Fernando, Noemi Muschetti as Ines, and Nicola Luisotta conducting from the pit. For more information on further cancellations, contact Teatro alla Scala directly.
PHONE: +39 02 72 003 744 (everyday from 9am till 6pm)