It's very fitting that the opening production was Antonio Salieri's L'Europa Riconosciuta (Europa Recognized). It's a lesser known work of his, but it was the inaugural performance for the first opening of La Scala back in 1778. And it was supposedly very innovative for its time — two pairs of leads, a much larger role for the chorus, the dramatic opening with the violent storm on the high seas, lightning and thunder, etc.
Salieri is a great composer in his own right and deserves to be known for more than just "Mozart's jealous villain antagonist"... which he really wasn't, despite what Peter Shaffer says. *eyeroll*
I probably won't be able to get to Milan soon enough to see it. And even if I had the means, I'd probably be fighting myself over going to that or going to Covent Garden to see Ben Heppner in Turandot in 2006. But I'm sure that there will be something fantastic going on whenever I can haul myself over to Italy.