An official said that the Corona virus has invaded the prestigious La Scala opera house in Milan, where 18 singers and nine musicians have tested positive for the virus. All members of the choir and the orchestra’s woodwind section are quarantined while the house awaits the results of other members’ tests. “All training has been suspended,” Paolo Puglisi, a union representative in La Scala, told reporters.
La Scala was reopened in July after being closed for four months during the first wave of COVID-19 in Italy. Public performances were suspended again this week due to a government decree issued on Sunday to close theaters and cinemas across Italy in a bid to contain the re-emergence of infection.
The closure order expires on November 24, and Puglisi said that the musicians and singers had hoped that the opera house would be in a position to perform its traditional performance, marking the start of a new season on December 7, which is one of the milestones of Italian cultural life.
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