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article imageTenor Walks Off Stage at La Scala

By bobSP     Dec 11, 2006 in Entertainment
Tenor Roberto Alagna broke his contract by walking out of a performance of "Aida" at La Scala after being booed, and he will not sing for the remaining scheduled performances, a spokesman for the opera house said Monday.
Despite walking off, Roberto Alagna still planned on returning to the stage for the next performance--Scheduled for this Thursday. However, the management of the opera house said that he would not sing again:
"It's been brought to our attention Roberto Alagna's intention to return to La Scala for the next performance," spokesman Carlo Maria Cella said. "His behavior has created a rift between the artist and the audience, and there is no possibility of repairing this relationship."
That audience applauded for more than 15 minutes after the final curtain fell, standing to cheer Zeffirelli, conductor Riccardo Chailly and a cast led by the Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana in the title role and Alagna as Radames.
But in the 2nd act of the performance the audience turned on him--it is unclear why the audience loved his 1st act performance but condemned his 2nd act so quickly..
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