Teatro alla Scala, Milano

This is a big defeat for La Scala’s intendant Alexander Pereira: The Milanese opera house annulled his deal with Saudi Arabia’s culture minister over 15 million Euros and the possibility of giving Prince Badr bin Abdullah a seat on the board of the opera house. La Scala will refund the over €3 million received so far from Saudi Arabia.

Blinded by the money, Pereira had not taken in consideration the political side of the funding which came under fire because of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and especially the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.

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