La Scala announced its 2021-22 season programme

Milan’s opera house, Teatro alla Scala, announced a 2021-22 season of 13 operas, seven ballets and numerous concerts, which reopened after six months of closure due to the Covid pandemic.

Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala was also present at the press conference where the program got presented.

La Scala is getting adjusted to the current regulations and they will remove flooring form the main seating area where the full orchestra has been playing at a social distance on risers and with plexiglass dividers separating woodwind and brass musicians, reports Wcti12.

La Scala’s music director, Riccardo Chailly said: “It will be the end of this horrendous experience. Now, the conductor has been placed about 30 meters from musicians, and the musicians have been spaced at a distance where they can’t properly hear each other to play, especially challenging during complicated executions. It means creating music of 100 musicians without the possibility of hearing. This hasn’t been emphasized enough. The orchestra made a huge effort, and no one fell into emotional excess,”.

In normal circumstances, the theater can host 2,000 people. For now, the number of guests is limited to 500.

The new season recovers some operas that got postponed because of the pandemic, including Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” while also highlighting operas by foreign conductors and lesser-known works. There are nine new productions.

The general manager, in his second season at La Scala, also announced that the theater had remapped the seating plan, lowering prices on less popular orchestra seats that had been sold at a premium even though they didn’t share the same visibility of others in the same category. He also is adding six family boxes at each performance with lower-price tickets to children under 18 to encourage family attendance, beyond the theater’s already established program of operas and ballets for younger viewers, reports Wcti12. “There is a need in honesty in front of our audience,” Meyer said.

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