Italy’s La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests


              A view of the Italy's La Scala opera house before the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              A man wearing a shirt reading "Woman Life Freedom" is seen before the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, is received by La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer as she arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian President Sergio Mattarella is received by La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer as he arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Senate President Ignazio La Russa arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italy's culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian President Sergio Mattarella, center, is received by La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer as he arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Senate President Ignazio La Russa, right, is received by La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer as he arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer smiles before the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              People gather inside the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery to watch the premiere of La Scala opera house on a screen in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy's most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opens its new season 2022/2023 Wednesday with the Russian opera "Boris Godunov," against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, is received by La Scala Superintendent Dominique Meyer as she arrives for the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, left, attends La Scala’s gala premiere in Milan, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opens its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” a selection that sparked Ukrainian protests of the cultural event serving as a propaganda win for the Kremlin against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse via AP)
            
              Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrives to attend La Scala’s gala premiere in Milan, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opens its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” a selection that sparked Ukrainian protests of the cultural event serving as a propaganda win for the Kremlin against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse via AP)
Italy’s La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests