I'm very happy, once again, to be conducting on the 7th December at La Scala. [7th December, feast day of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Milan and the traditional opening of the La Scala season] I am greatly honoured to have been named maestro scaligero and I speak with that title, but also in the names of all my colleagues who play, sing, dance and work not only in this magnificent theatre but in all Italian theatres, to tell you how much we are worried about the future of culture in this country and Europe. If you will allow me, I would like us to remember Article 9 of the Constitution: the Italian Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research, and safeguards the country's historical and artistic heritage. Thank you.”
Great applause from the audience greeted his remarks, also from the President and Milan's mayor Letizia Moratti.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.