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Ukraine: No propaganda for Putin with Boris says La Scala

Nothing against Kyiv says superintendent Meyer

22 November, 15:59
(ANSA-AFP) - ROME, NOV 22 - Opening the La Scala season with Russian opera composer Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece Boris Godunov will not provide any propaganda for President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine war, the superintendent of the iconic Milanese opera house said Tuesday. "We won't make any propaganda for Putin," said Dominique Meyer in presenting the December 7 event that is a crowning highlight of the Milanese social world's year. Ukraine's consul in Milan has asked La Scala not to open its season this year with Boris Godunov to avert possible propaganda uses of the Mussorgsky classic. Consul Adrii Kartysh has written to the superintendent of La Scala Meyer, to the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala and to the governor of Lombardy Attilio Fontana to ask to "review" the theater's programming, not inaugurating the season on December 7 with Boris Godunov, and also avoiding other Russian shows so as not to pander to "any propaganda elements", the consul said in a statement. Meyer said Tuesday "there is nothing that is going against Ukraine", only a show that has taken three years to prepare, and a "great masterpiece". He added: "I repeat, I'm not prepared to hide away if I'm reading Dostoevskij or Puskin". (ANSA-AFP).

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