La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

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La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

Post by lennygoran » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:33 am

The head of La Scala said Italian opera would improve the “moral values” of Saudi Arabia as he defended plans to build a performing arts school in the kingdom.

Alexander Pereira, chief executive of the opera house in Milan, has been criticised for negotiating a €15 million sponsorship of the venue with the Saudi culture minister, potentially bringing a Saudi presence to the board.

Pereira has also visited Riyadh to plan a La Scala school that would teach ballet, opera singing, violin and piano. This provoked protest in Italy after claims that the Saudi government ordered the murder last year of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Maurizio Gasparri, an MP from the Forza Italia party, urged La Scala to keep Saudis off the board because the kingdom “gives no guarantees about the respect of fundamental rights”. Federico Mollicone, of the hard-right Brothers of Italy party, said La Scala had to defend itself from “foreign attackers”.

Pereira told La Repubblica that he knew “very well what kind of despotic regime exists in Saudi Arabia”, but that he was “convinced of the positive force of music”. “Bringing La Scala to be involved in that part of the new Saudi image that believes in the civil and moral values [of] culture is important,” he said.

He told the Corriere della Sera: “Creating a conservatory in a country without any musical education, where dancing was forbidden by law, seemed to me to have an important value.”

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Re: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

Post by John F » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 am

That's just silly. All this is about getting money for La Scala, nothing more high-minded than that.
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Re: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

Post by lennygoran » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:42 pm

John F wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 am
That's just silly. All this is about getting money for La Scala, nothing more high-minded than that.
Wonder if Jared Corey Kushner is invilved! Regards, Len :lol:

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Re: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

Post by maestrob » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:44 pm

John F wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 am
That's just silly. All this is about getting money for La Scala, nothing more high-minded than that.
Precisely so. :roll: :mrgreen:

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Re: La Scala Head Hopes To Improve Saudi Values

Post by barney » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:55 am

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:42 pm
John F wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 am
That's just silly. All this is about getting money for La Scala, nothing more high-minded than that.
Wonder if Jared Corey Kushner is invilved! Regards, Len :lol:
Well observed Len. Of course he is! The silent middle man, via Russia. :D

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