Earlier today in Milan, at 10:15AM, Diego Matheuz held his first open rehearsal at Scala replacing Valery Gergiev who had apparently canceled (but later showed up in the audience, straight from the airport -- private flight because that's how star conductors roll, bY0tches! -- to support the young Venezuelan conductor and to conduct personally the second half of the rehearsal around 11:30AM).
Also present in the audience, Gustavo Dudamel, who's in town to conduct "Carmen" at Scala.
Matheuz is in town to rehearse the November 11 concert with Filarmonica at Konzerthaus in Berlin, his proper debut with the Scala symphony orchestra.
In an interview with Repubblica newspaper, Matheuz -- another product of El Sistema -- said something pretty funny: as a kid (he's 26 now) he used to be a cellist but the instrument was too bulky to fit in his dad's car: a baton is way more portable.