Turmoil Continues at La Scala as Orchestra's President Steps Down
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
MILAN, Italy (AP) ó In the latest turmoil at Italy's La Scala opera house, the president of its philharmonic orchestra stepped down Monday [April 11].
Fedele Confalonieri, who is also chairman of Mediaset, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's private broadcaster, provided no explanation in a brief note released by his company. It also said he was giving up his spot on the orchestra's board of directors.
A week ago, the famed conductor Riccardo Muti stepped down as musical director of the opera house, ending a 19-year tenure at the Milan theater that launched the career of Giuseppe Verdi and is a source of national pride in Italy.
Tensions at the opera house started shortly after La Scala reopened in December following an extensive renovation. Muti denounced what he said was hostility of the theater's employees. They, in turn, accused him of running the opera house as his private fiefdom. Several performances were canceled because of the feud.
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