Legendary musical director RICCARDO MUTI was ordered to resign from Italian operatic institution La Scala yesterday (16MAR05).

Hundreds of workers at the famous Milan venue, including performers and backstage crew members, staged sit-ins, strikes and pickets to oust the uncompromising director.

La Scala spokespeople had, until now, rubbished "insistent rumours that Maestro Muti is resigning".

17/03/2005 14:00