Last-minute substitution at La Scala opening

La Scala boss Alexander Pereira appeared before the curtain ahead of last night’s season opener to announce that the Spanish baritone Carlos Alvarez was sick with bronchitis. Devid Cecconi, making his Scala debut, stepped in as father of Giovanna d’Arco.

The Verdi opera, which had not been seen at Scala for a century and a half, went down well with Anna Netrebko in the title role. They applauded Anna for eleven minutes.


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first pic from La Scala

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  • Bravo to everyone concerned, and to Anna Netrebko in the title role. Congratulations to the management for facing off the hooligan hecklers in the balcony.

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