Six months ago, Daniel Barenboim promised Luisa Mandelli, who sang Annina opposite Maria Callas’s Violetta in Luchino Visconti’s 1955 Traviata at La Scala, that she would reprise the role before Christmas in Berlin.
Sadly, it was not to be.
Graham Spicer reports at Gramilano that Luisa got sent home from Berlin – apparently due to health-and-safety fears.
She is bitterly disappointed.
Read what happened here.