The La Scala season always begins on December 7th, because it's the feast day of Milan's patron saint, Ambrose.
Don't even think about trying to score tickets for the star-studded affair, which rivals any Hollywood red carpet affair.
The opening show? Possibly Italy's most beloved opera, Verdi's Aida. Director Franco Zeffirelli says it's the best production of Aida La Scala has ever seen.
THE STANDING OVATION LASTED 15 MINUTES.
Was it, as Playbill writes, "the Aida of Aidas?"
Since I couldn't be there (boo!! hisss!!!) I'm sending you to the Beeb for pictures.