More mayhem at Puccini’s festivities: Maestro Veronese (Fdi nominee) leads La Boheme blindfolded in protest. Whistles and shouts: “Foolish!”

More mayhem at Puccini’s festivities: Maestro Veronese (Fdi nominee) leads La Boheme blindfolded in protest.  Whistles and shouts: “Foolish!”

Giacomo Puccini’s festivities, which began in the shadow of the controversy over Maestro Beatrice Finzi’s decision to perform Puccini’s hymn in Rome without a schedule, which had been seized by Fascism and so dear to MSI, were met with some tremors in Tuscany. The opening day of the 69th Festival, in Torre del Lago in the province of Lucca, opened with Maestro Alberto Veronesi conducting La Boheme blindfolded, to boos and insults from the audience. The director, son of oncologist Umberto and candidate already with Sala and then with the Brothers of Italy in Lombardy for the last of the provincials, expressed his closeness to Vittorio Sgrabi who asked him not to direct the opera. La Boheme is under construction in the year 68 and in the scenography recalls the years of protest, with Mimì wearing a short skirt and other interpretations. “It betrays all the vision and spirit of Puccini,” said the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture. Last July 6, at the press conference for the presentation of the program for the celebrations of the centenary of the birth of the composer Giacomo Puccini which falls in 2024, Sgarbi objected to this new “heretical” production of Bohemia that opens the 2023 festival. Veronese replied to the boos: “I don’t want to see these scenes “. “Go away”, “clown”, “stupid”, some insults coming from those who watched the scene below the stage, while Veronese directed the opera blindfolded on his eyes and some of the spectators got up to leave. Viareggio Mayor Giorgio Del Gengaro joked: “Maestro Veronese wanted to prove that he knew the score by heart.”

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