La Scala exterior is paint-bombed by climate activistsNews
The opening of La Scala’s season last night was made slightly more colourful by Ultima Generazione climate protesters who threw paintballs at the Palladian entrance. But that was at 8.15 in the morning.
The police were ready for them and five were arrested. The facade was cleaned up before 9.
Inside, Riccardo Chailly conducted an epic performance of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov, overriding objections from the Ukrainian consulate that Russian operas should not be staged during Putin’s invasion of their country.
La Scala maintains that Godunov is about the consequences of misusing massive Moscow power.
One and a half million Italians watched the opera on Rai TV, way above expectations for a non-Italian opera and amounting to 9 percent of the total TV audience. There was 13 minutes of applause at the final curtain.
. Here’s a curtain call:
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