Innovation and Tradition
Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the
start of La Scala's new season,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
The Seventh of December is a 'holy day' for Italian opera goers: in the Roman Catholic calendar, it is the celebration of St Ambrose, the patron of Milan and, thus, the day when La Scala's new season starts. The La Scala 'inauguration' is a major affair with the Head of State, the President of the European Commission, the Mayor of Milan and a few Ministers in the royal box. A black tie is required for a charity performance where orchestra and central box seats are priced at 2,400 euros each. I was one of the few reviewers who gained accreditation: row K, seat no 1 on the right hand side of the stalls...
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