La Scala’s Tasteless New “Cinderella”
Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala
January 15, 2016
by Ilona Landgraf
Copyright © 2016 by Ilona Landgraf
Last Friday a huge crowd queued up in front of La Scala, eagerly waiting to gain entry for Mauro Bigonzetti’s new “Cinderella”. Just ten minutes before the performance was to begin did things finally get going. Passing policemen, who lined the entrance area, people hurried to their seats. Only a few minutes late the curtain went up.
What had happened? The police had decided to do bag checks but, having started much too late, necessarily had to stop to not overly delay the performance. Later, the young Italian woman sitting next to me told me that “Italians already feel safe when police are within sight.” (more…)