Italy’s La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests


              FILE - A view of an empty La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, on April 4, 2022. Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opens its new season Wednesday Dec. 7, 2022 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. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
            
              La Scala general manager Dominique Meyer during a press conference in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Italy’s premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala, has defended its decision to stage the Russian opera “Boris Godunov’’ for its gala Dec. 7 season opener against protests by the Ukrainian officials in Italy who insists that highlighting Russian culture during its invasion of Ukraine sends the wrong message.  La Scala's general manager, Dominique Meyer, said the opera was chosen three years ago and it “contains no propaganda for the Russian government.” (Ermes Beltrami/LaPresse via AP)
Italy’s La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests