La Scala Fires Superintendent, Prompting Protests

Classic Arts News   La Scala Fires Superintendent, Prompting Protests
Milan's Teatro alla Scala has fired superintendent Carlo Fontana because of clashes with chief conductor Riccardo Muti, the Associated Press reports.

Fontana, who has headed the famous opera house since 1990, will be replaced by Mauro Meli, the director of La Scala's theater division

Labor unions reacted angrily to the move, accusing the powerful Muti of forcing out Fontana. A strike called in anticipation of Fontana's sacking had already forced the cancellation of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades on February 22; musicians and stagehands now say they will strike on the opening night of each production and will shut down the entire nine-performance run next month of Hindemith's Sancta Susanna and Azio Corghi and Jos_ Saramago's Il dissoluto assoluto, which were to be performed as a double bill.

Salvatore Carrubba, Milan's culture councilman, also resigned in protest.

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