Riccardo Chailly
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After being upset over the Giovanna d’Arco staging, Riccardo Chailly had made it very clear: at the Milan Scala he will not accept any staging that has not been discussed with him (i.e. approved by him) as the opera house’s music director. This led to the worst rumors about an upcoming staging of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. In fact, Chailly won his first battle. The Scala communicated that, having different views than Chailly, Graham Vick pulled out and was replaced by Robert Carsen.

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