La Scala's opening night -- on the feast day of the city's patron saint, St. Ambrogio -- dazzles, the furs thick, the family jewels bright, the hairstyles even p0rnier. Here's a tease of what happens in Milan's elegant creams, reds and gold-leaf opera house. Corriere della Sera's photos are here; La Repubblica's; La Stampa's.
President of the Italian Republic, Napolitano with his wife; Milan's Mayor Letizia Moratti and Scala's GM Stephane Lissner.
Gabriella Dompé and Marta Brivio Sforza
Mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti
Faded muse to everyone fabulous, Marta Marzotto.