Agence France-Presse

MILAN, September 15 (AFP) รณ A major donor to Milan's La Scala, Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera, quit its board of directors, opening a new period of turmoil for the embattled leadership of the prestigious opera house, press reports said Thursday [September 15].
The industry mogul, who also heads Telecom Italia, handed his letter of resignation to Milan mayor Gabriele Albertini following a board meeting late Wednesday.
Press reports said Provera was displeased by the board's decision to hand over the management of the auxiliary Arcimboldi theatre to the city, even though his tire, cable and real estate group was expected to continue supporting La Scala financially.
The Arcimboldi, whose construction Pirelli helped to finance, served as La Scala's temporary home during a three-year renovation completed in November 2004.
La Scala has been regularly rocked by artistic and financial crises. In April, musical director Riccardo Muti resigned following weeks of infighting over the sacking of artistic director Carlo Fontana, in February, citing the "hostility" of the workforce, which includes 135 musicians.
More than 700 employees voted against the world-renowned maestro in a confidence motion in March, demanding that he resign. Only two members voted in his support.

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