MILAN (AP) — The academy of Italy’s premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala, has agreed to start a conservatory for both girls and boys in Saudi Arabia.
The decision Tuesday by the academy’s board follows the opera house’s refusal to accept 15 million euros ($16.8 billion) in funding from the kingdom amid concerns over its human rights record.
For three years beginning in September, La Scala’s academy will run a conservatory for 600 6- to 10-year-olds in dance, choir and instrumental music, as well as a workshop on marketing and digital communications. It will be funded by the Saudi culture ministry.
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Despite refusing Saudi funding for the opera house, Milan’s mayor did not rule out future dealings with Saudi Arabia and confirmed a concert tour would go on as scheduled next fall.
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