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La Scala

weather: rainshower
outside: 18.6°C
mood: musical
I was listening to CBC Radio 2 on Saturday afternoon and they were doing a feature on the newly restored Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It was shut down in 2002 and reopened at the end of 2004 for restoration and renovation to the tune of EUR 61 million (USD 74 million; CAD 90 million; AUD 99 million; GBP 42 million).

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.

In the meantime, I might post something to classical_music and opera to ask if there's an album with some of the arias... I really don't expect there to be a full recording of it out there.


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Jul. 12th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
Department of Redundancy Department?
€61 million (USD$74 million; CAD$90 million; AUD$99 million; GBP£42 million

I'm curious why you wrote the sums like that. (You also missed the chance to write EUR€61 million.)

"USD$74 million" sounds like "$6 dollars" -- which, I suppose, would be read "six dollars dollars" since "$6" is already "six dollars" for me. Similarly, "USD" means "US dollars" and the "$" next to it seems redundant.

Anything wrong with simply "USD 74 million; CAD 90 million; AUD 99 million; GBP 42 million"?
Jul. 12th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: Department of Redundancy Department?
Hmm, you're right. I'm still not used to seeing dollar amounts without their symbols and I put them in.
Jul. 12th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
ahhhhhh go see Turandot! Nessun dorma.. haha. I'm sorry, I had a short obsession with that song. Yes, short...

And poor Salieri... ruined by the way he was portrayed in 'Amadeus'. Even I can't help but wrinkle my nose at the name. ;)
Jul. 12th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm so very torn =) I've seen Turandot ... but not with Ben =}
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