Tenor Francesco Meli has tested positive for coronavirus, though he is asymptomatic.
Tonight’s last concert performance of Aida at La Scala should have seen Meli as Radamès, instead the role will be sung by Jonas Kaufmann who is in town for a recital at the opera house on Thursday. Riccardo Chailly will conduct the performance which also features Saioa Hernández as Aida and Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris.
Meli wrote on Instagram:
I wanted to let you know that I’ve tested positive for Covid and so tomorrow I won’t be singing in the final concert performance of Aida at La Scala.
I want to reassure you all that I have no symptoms and I’m feeling well. I’ll be spending my time in quarantine at my home in Genoa, keeping strictly to all the health regulations.
I’ll keep you up to date and I’m sure I’ll be back singing very soon.
Photo: Francesco Meli with Giulio Zappa © Marco Brescia, Teatro alla Scala 2020