Netrebko’s Rome curtain rises ten minutes latemain
There was tension up to the moment the overture began in Rome last night, after unions threatened to black out the opera and the mayor said he would shut it down for good. In the event, a strike was averted and Riccardo Muti conducted a triumphant Manon Lescaut. It went on until 11.35pm, triggering possible overtime payments.
First night report here (in Italian).