The Telegraph is running an interview with Peruvian heartthrob Juan Diego Flórez,
(image on left from story) on occasion that tonight is la prima of Donizetti's La Fille du régiment at the The Royal Opera (as reported here).
So what's the big question from Rupert Christiansen that starts the interview? Flórez is immediately asked his position regarding Roberto Alagna's behavior at Teatro alla Scala during the Aida walk-off incident. God, Christiansen...that is like soooo 2006.
"Inevitably, the first thing to be discussed with Juan Diego Flórez is the much-publicised scandal surrounding his fellow tenor Roberto Alagna, who recently stormed off the sacred stage of La Scala, Milan, after being booed during a performance of Verdi's Aida, and never returned."
"Flórez expresses polite admiration for Alagna the artist, but it is clear that the 33-year-old Peruvian is a much cooler customer who would not have reacted in the same way. 'I've never been booed, though I've been in productions where everyone else was, so I can imagine the pain. Perhaps one day it will happen to me, but so far I've had luck. I think it is something I could handle OK.'"
I can't imagine the day will ever come when anything other than praise is heaped upon the stage for Flórez's sterling performances. But if/when that day comes, I can assure you that Opera Chic will have the scoop!