La Scala conductor outburst at fan’s photos

Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has become the latest artist to interrupt a concert to tick off the audience for taking photographs, slamming flash-happy fans at Milan's prestigious opera house as "badly educated".

La Scala conductor outburst at fan's photos
"Those who take photographs during concerts are badly educated," said conductor Daniel Barenboim. Photo: Dieter Nagl/AFP

The outburst, which came during a performance of Schubert at La Scala, was compared to pianist Keith Jarrett's notorious on-stage rant at the Umbria Jazz festival, when he told "all these assholes with cameras" to "turn them fucking off right now".

Barenboim was more restrained, but warned the audience – and one woman in particular – that he had asked several times for people not to take photographs during his performance and was beginning to lose his temper.

"Madam, I am trying to give you my best, but you have no respect for it!" he said. "Those who take photographs during concerts are badly educated.

"I have asked at every concert. The first time nicely, but now it's serious," he said, before returning to the stage to begin the sonata again, according to the media reports.

Jarrett was banned for six years from the Umbria festival in Perugia after his 2007 outburst, returning to perform in 2013 but – to the audience's bemusement – playing in the dark, so that no one could take photographs.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.