Our Italian golo profondo has been shocked to discover that a private jet has been booked to fly Zubin Mehta from Naples (where he’s conducting Tristan next week) to Milan for Aida. Not once, but seven times.
In an era of austerity, that seems a tad … extravagant. Especially if La Scala is paying for it out of the public purse.
Mehta is substituting at La Scala for the late Lorin Mazel.
So we made a few enquiries. Nothing untoward, it seems. Mehta’s flights are being paid for by a private sponsor, his own, not La Scala’s (rather like the late Countess Ceschina would pay for Gergiev’s jets).
In fact, La Scala saves money on the deal. About 5,000 Euros in all on scheduled Business Class flights.
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