All is not well with La Scala restoration:
<img src="http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38573000/jpg/_38573259_scala300.jpg" alt="" /> La Scala renovation 'halted'
From the BBC website
Reconstruction work on the world-famous La Scala opera house in Milan has been halted following complaints about the project, according to reports.
Opposition politicians and environmental organisations have managed to put a temporary stop to the restoration work after applying to Milan's regional administrative tribunal, says the Guardian newspaper in the UK.
They fear the building work does not follow the original plans approved by Milan city council.
Dancer Carla Fracci, who has performed many times on the stage, has spoken out about her concerns about the acoustics of the revamped venue and its appearance.
The 18th Century venue is undergoing a radical restoration programme at a cost of £25m and will remain closed to the public for more than two years. click for more
And here is the Guardian article: Critics say restoration has ruined La Scala
By Philip Willan in Rome for The Guardian
A controversial restoration project has ripped the heart out of Milan's La Scala opera house, severely damaging its renowned acoustics, members of Italy's cultural elite claimed yesterday.
Admirers of Italy's premier opera venue, including the dancer Carla Fracci and the former chairman of state broadcaster RAI, Roberto Zaccaria, said the work would seriously damage the theatre's appearance and acoustics. It was also illegal, they told a press conference in Rome, because the project had not been properly approved by the city council.
"They have even destroyed the orchestra pit," said Ms Fracci, the doyenne of Italian ballet, who gave some of her most memorable performances on La Scala's slanting stage. "I raised the alarm a year ago but they wouldn't listen to me." click for more