The Prime Minister of Italy is in Milan for the Opening at La Scala. He has left Rome and behind him all the revolting scrabbling by dead politicians of Right and Left for shreds of nation-state power and party/personal profit - reminiscent rather of John Major on his way to the Oval to watch the cricket, mutatis mutandis.
He cannot hear this tonight (as once did a very small Hatfield Girl). But he will be listening to Lohengrin with an extraordinary cast of singers; Jonas Kaufmann sings this evening if you prefer a more 'modern' interpretation under Barenboim.
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