Those who attend the spectacle are usually people of influence. But in December, nobody was paying much attention to a rare guest: Saudi Arabian Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah.
Three months later, there is an outcry throughout the land amid news that Saudi Arabia aims to invest millions in the world-famous opera house.
In return, the Saudis want a seat on its supervisory board.
After the news came out, a strange thing happened in Italy: for once, politicians both left and right agreed about something. They say that an ultra-conservative state which just recently allegedly dispatched an execution squad to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi should have nothing to do with one of Italy’s foremost cultural institutions....
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