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La Scala Opens New Season Amid Enhanced Security

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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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