22 years after the last show, the Teatro Lirico di Milano is ready to reopen to the public. The eternal construction site, started to renovate the historic hall in the heart of the city, has come to completion. And there is already a date for the start of the new theater season, next autumn. It may seem like an advertisement like any other. But in reality it has a profound meaning, not so much and not only because it embodies the restart of Milan after the paralysis caused by the pandemic. The reopening of the Lirico, which will bear the name of Giorgio Gaber, closes a dark era of delays and bureaucratic delays that have long held back the creative impetus of a city with a high cultural vocation.
The restoration was financed by the Municipality of Milan that on 15 July it will deliver the theater to the manager, who in turn, within 90 days, therefore in October, will have to set it up with the necessary furnishings, armchairs, handrails and finishes. The theater, as well as the cinema and live music, was among the sectors hardest hit by the lockdowns and the suspension of activities and therefore looks forward to being able to start again in the name of normality. The Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini himself launched a message of hope by announcing particular attention to these areas, also through the creation of an ad hoc fund to support them. Signals that are part of the National Resilience and Restart Plan which also provides for administrative simplification processes to facilitate the concrete realization of works and the speedy implementation of projects also aimed at relaunching employment. The Recovery Plan, with the urgencies dictated by Europe, offers a great opportunity: that of laying the foundations to make Italy a truly modern country. Able to carry out structural reforms and to benefit from the general reopening of important construction sites. For this reason, the imminent rebirth of the Milan Opera has the value of a two-sided symbol. On the one hand, the emblem of an Italy that is always late in public works, unable to give guarantees on the times and held back by a suffocating bureaucracy; on the other, an image of a dynamic and avant-garde reality, capable of combining history with innovation and the desire to amaze. This story is not just Milanese. It is no coincidence that the municipalities are asking the government to be more involved in the strategic choices regarding the restart. Hence the letter that the metropolitan mayors sent to Prime Minister Mario Draghi asking to have direct role, responsibility and resources in the field of Pnrr. This is also a sign of the times.
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