Last night in Milan was the first Aida performance after the Alagna scandal, and the audience’s reaction have been extremely positive. This only serves in positively reinforcing Teatro alla Scala’s hard-line response to Alagna’s walk-off.
Reuters has started polling British music critics, and they are also dipping their cups into the punch-bowl of Alagna Hater-ade.
Norman Lebrecht states, "I can't recall any incident where an artist has walked off stage leaving colleagues open mouthed for no reason other than a bit of barracking."
[…]”’This could be the end of his mainstream career.’ Lebrecht and others said opera houses would now be more wary of hiring Alagna, unsure how he might react under pressure and knowing that his name would long be associated with the walkout. The fact that he is threatening to sue La Scala will not help.”
[…]"It's another fall in his stock," said Neil Fisher, classical music and opera editor at The Times newspaper in London. "It all adds up to a rather bad prognosis."