A view of Milan’s La Scala opera house during a press conference to present the 2021/2022 season in Milan, Italy, Monday 31 May 2021.



A view of Milan’s La Scala opera house during a press conference to present the 2021/2022 season in Milan, Italy, Monday 31 May 2021.



Scala announces the 2021-21 season, with the hope of fewer limits

From left, the Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly, the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala and the General Director of the La Scala Opera House, Dominique Meyer, take part in a press conference about the 2021/2022 season on Monday 31 May 2021 at the La Scala Opera House in Milan present in Milan.



Scala announces the 2021-21 season, with the hope of fewer limits

A view of Milan’s La Scala opera house during a press conference to present the 2021/2022 season in Milan, Italy, Monday 31 May 2021.

From COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press

MILAN (AP) – Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala announced a 2021-22 season of 13 operas, seven ballets and numerous concerts on Monday, as Italy’s premier theater seeks to gradually lift pandemic restrictions.

Audiences returned to La Scala last month, and the next major step will be for the theater to remove the floor from the main seating area, where the entire orchestra played on risers and with plexiglass partitions between woodwinds and brass, at social distance.

“It will be the end of this terrible experience,” said Riccardo Chailly, Scala music director.

The conductor was placed about 30 meters away from the musicians, and the musicians were placed at a distance from one another where they could not hear each other properly in order to play, which is especially challenging during complicated executions, noted Chailly.

“It means creating music by 100 musicians without being able to hear. This has not been emphasized enough. The orchestra went to great lengths and no one got into emotional excess, ”Chailly said, praising and thanking both of them.

The theater is currently limited to around 2,000 seats for 500 spectators. The time for a further relaxation of the restrictions lies with government officials, emphasized Director General Dominique Meyer. For the fall end of the 2020-21 season, however, Scala is focusing on music that requires less than a full orchestra to meet future distancing requirements.