Stephane Lissner, General Manager of Teatro Alla Scala, has announced what Opera Chic readers had been aware of for months now: Terry Gilliam's much-awaited production of Andrea Chenier due to open in June has been scrapped after losing the director (Gilliam), the tenor (Marcelo Alvarez, who also canceled his commitment to star in Don Carlos this coming December for la prima, the 2008-2009 season opener -- he will be replaced by Giuseppe Filianoti) and Fiorenza Cedolins (pregnant: congrats!!!) and conductor Daniel Oren.
La Scala will instead stage Traviata in the old staging by Liliana Cavani that was resurrected -- and bombed horribly -- last July, with Mariella Devia, Renato Bruson, and José Bros.It will be conducted by young Carlo Montanaro.
Unlucky holders of season tickets (photo above) will be able to ask for a refund instead of having to catch this patched-up Traviata. With all due respect to signora Devia whom we admire and love dearly.