Just in: La Scala workers take to the streets

There were union demonstrations outside the theatre today, demanding to know when performances will resume, and how the workers will be paid. The theatre has been shut for three months.

Video report here.


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  • La Scala is the main draw for Milano for tourism along with the Duomo. There isn’t much else and the food for Italy is not particularly bountiful or good. One suspects that the protests are economic driven. It is not smart to ask the opera to come back early because if these people become infected they cannot be replaced and of course, big stars particularly know that and can use international leverage. Opera houses world-wide are suffering as are most arts groups. Premature openings are not going to help things.

  • Good to see things return to normal in Italy. Muti said before he left La Scala even the ushers walked out against him.

  • I once lived in Italy (in Roma). Milano is a big zero: bad climate, nothing much to do etc. The places to be are Roma, Venezia, Florence, the Amalfi Coast and Naples. Aside from the Duomo and La Scala, this city has pretty much nothing to offer (and the Italian food is better in NYC and Chicago).

  • Muti hasn’t been back to Milano or La Scala that I’ve heard, Flambeu. Verona, Roma, and his hometown are mentioned. We haven’t seen much of him in Chicago, and no announcement from Chicago Symphony that I know of.

    You were lucky to live for a time in Rome, but Milano is where La Scala is. The north-south divide in Italy … Florence, Venice, Trieste-Fiume, Milano, Lombardy, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the Papal States … goes far back to the HRE, Austrio-Hungarian empire and beyond, hence the blond blue-eyed “Italians” of the north Still stranger is the origin and history of San Marino, back actually to Roman times, and nominally still an independent city-state

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