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La Scala Opens New Season Amid Enhanced Security

Giuseppe Verdi's rarely staged early masterpiece "Giovanna d'Arco" ("Joan of Arc"), which opens the La Scala season on Monday, seems to have particular present-day resonance, recounting the story of the French patron saint who was inspired by God to fight for her country and came to a premature death. But the opera house's principal conductor, Riccardo Chailly, said in an interview that the production doesn't try to make a political statement, but is...

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