Tenor Alagna returns to La Scala, but not to stage

Tenor Roberto Alagna, who walked off the stage during a performance of "Aida" after being booed, kept a pledge to show up at La Scala despite being dismissed from the show giving an impromptu performance in the piazza outside the famed opera house, Italian media reported Friday.

Alagna sang a few notes from "Madam Butterfly" Thursday evening as "Aida" was going into the fourth act. He originally was to have performed the role of Ramades in the season's third staging of Verdi's masterpiece, but the opera house canceled his engagement for walking off the stage during Sunday night's performance.

Alagna had said he would turn up at La Scala anyway and did, reports AP.

"I love this theater. Many years ago, I sang "La Boheme" two days after the death of my first wife, you can imagine in what condition. This time, however, they have left me alone," Alagna said, according to the daily La Repubblica.

Alagna has complained that no one backstage encouraged him to continue the performance on the night that he was booed, and that the music went on without him.

"While I was singing, I wasn't well. My legs were trembling and my blood sugar was zero. But they didn't stop not even one minute. No one came to my dressing room. I could have collapsed," he said.

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