La Scala swaps tenors for season opener

By Colleen Barry [AP, 7 December 2008]

MILAN, Italy (AP) — Leave it to La Scala to generate as much drama offstage as on.

The famed opera house threw its understudy into one of the most high-profile nights in opera Sunday night, removing tenor Giuseppe Filianoti for the season-opening premiere of “Don Carlo” after he made some mistakes during a dress rehearsal this week.