La Scala's famed theatre.
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A proposal to use 15 million euros ($16.9 million) in Saudi state funds for Milan's La Scala opera house came under fire Tuesday because of anger over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.Pereira, who has been credited with bringing in more sponsors and creating a healthier balance sheet since his 2014 appointment, said the proposal was for a partnership of at least five years to raise 3 million euros a year.In December, at the start of the new La Scala season, Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli met with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Badr bin Abdullah. The Saudi minister might join the prestigious opera house's board, according to widespread Italian media reports.
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