Dhe June gave Italy hope. The first music festivals took place again, stylishly and at a distance, but above all open air. Which was of course a pleasure under the pine trees and the velvet shade sky, especially when Riccardo Muti played in the ancient Ravenna. The festival in Pesaro and Macerata, Martina Franca, Torre del Lago, Stresa, Ravello and Verona also got through the summer as pragmatically as they were flexible with short-term programs, full of grandeur.
But now the country of the many spring corona deaths is again in the second lockdown. Nothing works anymore, sometimes rehearsals are not even allowed, there were too many Covid 19 cases in the ensembles. Even La Scala has to reduce the sometimes glaring spectacle of its season opening on December 7th to an audience-free arias with a few famous voices on television.