Drama, drama everywhere.
It really attaches to La Scala wherever it goes -- La Scala's current Israeli tour (a bunch of Aidas at the opera house in Tel Aviv, then a Verdi Requiem in the park) has generated a little, funny controversy the other night.
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports today that Daniel Barenboim got extremely p'ssed then boycotted the official post-concert dinner because, right after the Requeim's end, for some reason the concert organizers started blaring rock music from the amplification system and a fireworks extravaganza was unleashed on poor Verdi's meditation on nothingness. And Barenboim, Corriere reveals, didn't like the pre-concert long speech by Tel Aviv's mayor, either:
The newspaper's music critic who was sent to Israel to cover the event described the post-concert fireworks as a "surreal event".