The Premiere of La Scala, which this year opened the season withDon Carlo conducted by Riccardo Chailly, was an unusual evening. Unusual for the presence in the royal box, where the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella usually sits, who was unable to attend, of the senator for life Liliana Segre, seated next to the mayor Giuseppe Sala, and next to the president of the Senate Ignazio La Russa. Unusual for the shouts that started from the gallery, 'No to fascism' before Mameli's anthem and 'Viva l'Italia antifascista' afterwards followed by applause. Unusual for the illness of the bass Michele Pertusi who, despite voice problems, continued to perform.
Liliana Segre at the premiere of La Scala
"I miss Mattarella. I don't have brothers or sisters, but I love them like a brother": this is how Senator for Life Liliana Segre spoke of the Premiere of La Scala, sitting in the seat that usually belongs to the Head of State. "I love the evening. I'm a regular at La Scala, I used to go to the gallery and slowly I went down to the stalls," she adds. This year, "the mayor and La Russa kindly asked me to come to the royal box. I miss Mattarella. He always invited me to the royal box during intermissions. I have no brothers or sisters, but I love them like a brother." "Does everyone want to sit next to me? Well, thank goodness," said the senator as she entered La Scala, accompanied by the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, and greeted by warm applause.
Thirteen minutes of applause for Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly and directed by Lluís Pasqual, which opened the season at the Teatro alla Scala. At the exit of the director there was some disapproval with some salvos of 'boo'.
Liliana Segre at the Sala with the Mayor of Milan, Sala
An isolated cry of 'No to fascism' and 'Long live anti-fascist Italy' was heard at La Scala immediately after Mameli's anthem performed by the theatre's orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly. "If you come to La Scala to shout or to the Ambrogino to whistle, you have a problem," said Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. "People come to La Scala to listen, not to shout," he added, adding that the opera is "beautiful." "I didn't hear it": the president of the Senate Ignazio La Russa explained in the second interval of Don Carlo that he did not hear the scream.
"What I didn't understand about the controversy I didn't participate in was the ignorance that I'm not a substitute for the president. I am the president of the Senate, it is the president who comes down to say hello, I was also there last year and I did not go down to greet anyone, I was not the substitute for the president, the president was not there and there was no substitute": the president of the Senate Ignazio La Russa told ANSA at the end of Don Carlo that opened the season at La Scala.
Before the Teatro Alla Scala
At La Scala with a thought for Giulia Cecchettin and Giulia Tramontano and all the victims of femicide: this is the choice of some guests of the Premiere who wanted to dispel the tradition that prohibits red in the theater to send a message Against violence against women.Sabina Blacks, playwright, wore red shoes and in front of Piermarini takes out the keys from her bag to make noise as requested by Giulia Cecchettin's sister, while the plastic surgeon Dvora Ancona had a red dress made by Antonio Riva. Among the guests, there was also a lady with a red mark on her face.
The President of the Senate, La Russa at the premiere of La Scala
"I expect a great evening of music": this is what the President of the Senate Ignazio La Russa told ANSA at La Scala for the premiere of Don Carlo.
"I dedicated my inaugural speech to Liliana Segre in the Senate, she is a friend and an example. It passes on the memory of peoples and revives through its history what should not happen in the world": this is what the Minister of Reforms Maria Elisabetta Casellati said as she arrived at La Scala. "It's a window to the world. Opera is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today attending this premiere of an opera from Verdi's maturity, which moves a little away from the dramaturgical line, is truly a great pleasure, with extraordinary singers. So it's a joy for the heart," he added.
"Tonight I expect beauty." This is what Patti Smith said on her arrival at the Premiere of La Scala. Asked to comment on the political situation, the singer-songwriter replied: "I'm here for children, not politics."
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"It's a very nice evening. This is my culture, because it speaks to the history of us Spaniards. I'm very happy, this is my first time here, I'm really very excited." Thus the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, arriving at La Scala together with the actor Louis Garrel for the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo.
"Controversy always happens at La Scala, we all know that": among the first guests to arrive at La Scala for the premiere of Don Carlo, Livia Pomodoro dampens the controversy on the eve of the position of the authorities in the royal box. I expect this to be a classic before La Scala," said the former president of the Milan court.
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In Piazza della Scala in Milan, several groups of demonstrators gathered for the premiere of 'Don Carlo'. In front of the theater, on the side of Palazzo Marino, the flags of the autonomous grassroots union Cub are waving which, as explained by the secretary Mattia Scolsri, has decided to bring to the square "the voice of the workers in opposition to the powerful and the politicians who will be present at the Premiere". Also present was a Ukrainian woman wearing a scarf in the colors of the flag and a poster to say "no to the concerts of the singer Anna Netrebko: the artist connected to Putin's regime", who will take the stage tonight to play Elizabeth of Valois. In addition to some activists demonstrating for housing rights, workers from the entertainment world have also taken to the streets to demand discontinuity compensation.
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