Italy's La Scala Honors Japanese Quake Victims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Associated Press
Two Japanese women, using golf clubs as walking sticks, scavenge for their belongings near a wrecked apartment block in the earthquake and tsunami destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan Sunday, March 20, 2011.

MILAN (AP) - Milan's La Scala opera house paused for a minute of silence to honor the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

General manager Stephane Lissner asked the audience at La Scala's premiere of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on Sunday night for "a minute of reflection dedicated to the dead."

Lissner said the Japanese people "deserve our solidarity and our admiration for the strength and dignity with which they have confronted" the March 11 disaster.

La Scala has toured Japan seven times since 1981, when it became
the first Italian opera house to visit the Asian nation.

Its last tour there was in 2009.

Lissner described Japan as a "most curious, passionate and welcoming" host for La Scala's artists.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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