Friday July 12, 2013

MILAN – Our last day here. I had a shopping day with Maria and this evening we saw Un Ballo in Maschera  at La Scala with Marcelo Álvarez singing Riccardo and his wife, Sondra Radvanovsky, singing Amelia. It was a fabulous evening. Alvarez is a star and Radvanovsky is a superstar; the La Scala crowd was cool to Alvarez and accepting of Radvanovsky (who’s an American who grew up in the Midwest) but booed the young conductor, who according to our host was not up to La Scalla level work. This is one tough crowd. Here’s Maria in our box.

La Scala
La Scala

From breakfast earlier in the day.

Statue in the garden of the Manin
Statue in the garden of the Manin

On this day one year ago: Marble Collegiate Church.

Marble Collegiate Church
Marble Collegiate Church