The recession has hit La Scala - hard. To reduce costs, next season will be 20 performances shorter (no, they won't all be strikes), and the number of works presented will reduce from 15 to 10. It's hoped that this will help avoid a repeat of the 2012 deficit, which totalled 4.3 million euros.
As already widely reported, the season opener on 7 December 2013 is La Traviata, which will be conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Dmitri Tscherniakov, with Diana Damrau as Violetta.
Other new productions include Claus Guth's Cavalleria Rusticana, conducted by Daniel Harding, and his Cosi fan tutte, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. Barenboim will also conduct The Tsar's Bride, Simon Boccanegra and Il Trovatore.
The Royal Opera House obviously isn't keeping Tony Pappano busy enough - he'll make his La Scala debut conducting the gruesome McVicar Les Troyens. The final new production is Elektra, which will be conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen and directed by Patrice Chereau.
As is customary, the following season's opener has been announced as well - it's Fidelio, conducted by Barenboim, on 7 December 2014.
No details as yet on the La Scala website - I will provide a link once there's something there.