Some guys travelled back in time with their Tamagotchis and Pokemons and started an online petition to nominate Milanese Maestro Daniele Gatti for La Scala's vacant* Music Director position. *Vacant? Not really -- between General Manager Stéphane Lissner and Daniel Barenboim as Maestro Scaligero's ~Honorary Maestro~, they've definitely been bringing-in their first round draft picks the past 4 years.
So how much do online petitions rule? It's possible to nominate literally anyone in the free world for new Music Director of La Scala. The Italians love George Clooney -- and he looks great in a Tom Ford tux! Why not?
Sadly, the Milanese Maestro keeps getting the fuzzy end of the La Scala lollipop. We don't so easily forget that drama-llama Don Carlo of 2008, and we definitely don't have the energy to get back into former/present contenders' trials -- Harding, Dudamel, Chailly, Myung-whun Chung, etc. -- and nothing's happening until 2015 anyway.
So to keep pitching Gatti for MD is like holding out hope that your douchy ex-boyfriend from college who dumped you and made secks on the entire cheerleading team will one day wake from his Jägerbomb hangover and realize that you were his soul mate. But you've already married the rich lawyer and have two kids (and a sweet golden retriever) so who cares?
Well, at least they made the Italian news! Here's a tip, guys: when I pop the trunk, hit the deck. Here's another: It's 2010 (almost 2011) -- there's Facebook for all your petition needs!