Royal Oak Tribune

With performers infected, La Scala season premiere canceled


ROME » The Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronaviru­s infections among musicians and chorus members.

The theater’s board of directors concluded Wednesday that the status of the pandemic and Italy’s viruscontr­ol measures, which include the closure of theaters, did not allow for “achieving a production open to the public and of the level and with the characteri­stics required” for the premiere.

Politician­s, business figures and other VIPs traditiona­lly turn out for La Scala’s season premiere, an official holiday in Milan.

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