A lucky escape at La Scala

Amid the triumph of Joan of Arc and the ugly insults hurled backstage, the sharp-eyed Fiona Maddocks spotted another moment of drama in which orchestral players were lucky to escape unharmed.

In the closing minutes, Efe Bal, a Turkish transsexual sex worker, jumped into the orchestra pit waving a T-shirt asking for new regulations for prostitution in Italy. She fell on the trumpet of one of the players, with minor damage to both herself and the instrument. The band played on.


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