Jan 19, 2022
By Christine Ross
For the first time, a woman was chosen to lead La Scala in Milan for classical opera.
Speranza Scappucci guided her musicians through a condensed version of Romeo and Juliet.
The Italian conductor was not expecting to get the call but was chosen at the last moment to fill in for a male conductor who contracted COVID-19.
Two other women have conducted at La Scala in the last 25 years but only for contemporary works.