By Francisco Salazar
The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has canceled its opening night of “Don Carlo” in solidarity with the victims of Ischia.
The company released a statement noting, “The San Carlo Theatre Foundation, in agreement with the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano and the Mayor Gaetano Manfredi, also in his capacity as President of the Foundation, announces the cancellation of the inaugural opera “Don Carlo” scheduled for today at 5.00 p.m. as a sign of mourning for the tragedy that struck the island of Ischia.”
The company added, “The theatre will be closed this evening to leave space for silence and respect for those who have suffered a great loss, as a sign of closeness and comfort. We will communicate as soon as possible the modalities of recovery on another scheduled date.”
The announcement comes after heavy rain caused a landslide on the Italian holiday island of Ischia. At least 13 people are missing. Ischia mayor Enzo Ferrandino is urging people not to leave their homes as weather conditions continue to be difficult.
Several artists have written messages of solidarity including Ailyn Pérez who was scheduled to perform in “Don Carlo.” The soprano said, “Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Ischia.”