Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow performing in Wagner's The Valkyrie at La Scala
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La Scala conductor joins protests against spending cuts

A highlight of the Italian social and cultural calendar, the gala opening of La Scala in Milan, has been overshadowed by protests against public spending cuts.

Demonstrators and riot police clashed outside, while principal guest conductor Daniel Barenboim warned against cutting funding for the arts before the performance inside.

Duncan Kennedy reports.