French tenor sues for boos at Milan's La Scala

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MILAN, Dec 13, 2006 (AFP) - French tenor Roberto Alagna is going to sue Italy's top opera house, La Scala, for damages after it replaced him with his understudy when he stormed off the stage in the middle of a performance of 'Aida' amid whistling and boos.

MILAN, Dec 13, 2006 (AFP) - French tenor Roberto Alagna is going to sue Italy's top opera house, La Scala, for damages after it replaced him with his understudy when he stormed off the stage in the middle of a performance of 'Aida' amid whistling and boos.

Alagna's lawyer Marco Rocchini told AFP Wednesday the singer had a "medical certificate that showed the 'maestro' was ill when he left the stage, partly because of the shock due to the whistling and booing."

"I told the theater about his illness but they refused to acknowledge it," Rocchini said, adding that Alagna would now ask for financial "compensation for the damage".

Alagna, 43, playing the role of the Egyptian general Ramades, had exited the Milan stage after singing the aria 'Celeste Aida' during which a handful of the public was unhappy with his performance and his rejection of previous criticism.

After Sunday's incident his place was taken by Milan opera singer Antonello Palombi who walked on stage in black jeans without having warmed up his voice.

Alagna's attitude has "caused a final rift between the artist and the audience which the Scala cannot mend," the opera had said Monday.

In the next Scala performances Alagna will be replaced by Walter Fraccaro.

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