The action of an isolated, disturbed youth would seem to reflect the harsh language and vicious climate that has become the hallmark of discourse between government and opposition. Meanwhile Berlusconi aides blame the Internet, the magistrates, and the opposition.
Predictably, rhetoric marked the twentieth anniversary of the death of Leonardo Sciascia on November 20. But rhetoric was the opposite of Sciascia. If anything, the Sicilian author was about silences: pregnant silences, dangerous silences, silences that communicate entire worlds with the least nod of a head, or at most with one of the tiny handwritten notes in code, pizzini, used by Bernardo Provenzano.
On the occasion of the opening of the grand opera season at La Scala Theater in Milan, Emma Dante, a brave new theater director from Palermo, is presenting what promises to be an extremely unorthodox version of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Riccardo Muti led a free concert in L'Aquila for survivors of the earthquake. The conductor, between engagements in Salzburg and Chicago, directed an all-Abruzzese scratch orchestra and chorus of three hundred, including students from the famed conservatory here, itself severely damaged