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La Scala cuts next season from 13 operas to 10

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(Reuters) - Italy‘s opera house La Scala will scale back on productions in the 2013-2014 season because of the economic crisis and lower state support, its general manager said on Thursday.

Stephane Lissner told reporters the Milan theatre will reduce the number of operas to 10 instead of the usual 13 due to a decline in revenues.

They will include three by Giuseppe Verdi to celebrate the 200th birthday of the composer, born in 1813. Verdi’s “La Traviata” will open the season on December 7, conducted by Daniele Gatti….


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  1. Theodore McGuiver says:

    Verdi’s “La Traviata” will open the season on December 7, conducted by Daniele Gatti….

    …and will finish on December 10th.

  2. Despite all of the criticism Peter Gelb and the Metropolitan Opera, it is becoming clear that the old model of opera support is no longer effective or valid. I do have issues with some of Mr. Gelb’s decisions and do not find him particularly likable, but he understands the times.

    • itrinkkeinwein says:

      What’s the connection?

      • Gelb is often accused of caring more about publicity and finances than artistic considerations. I do not necessarily always agree with that, but there is little doubt that he thinks quite a lot about publicity and finances. The Met has moved away from government funding like that mentioned in this story to more of an American-style business model. He has been criticized for that here as elsewhere, as some have advocated for arts organizations to push harder for government support.

        The Met’s strategy cannot work for all, but the mentality seems to fit the times and is allowing them to stay well afloat or better.

        This is not to say I don’t support the idea of greater government advocacy of and support for classical music. I simply believe it will not happen at any time in the near or even medium future.

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