Amid cheering througs Arturo Toscanini last week returned to his native land, grasped a slim, red-knobbed baton and made the orchestra of Milan's great La Scala
opera house play as it had never played since he left its helm 16 years ago. To music-loving Italians, for whom the white-haired maestro conducted a program of
music by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Boito, the event was a solemnone. It meant that Italy's greatest musician, long a voluntary exile from Fascism, had at last made
his peace with a Italian world of music.|
The occasion for Toscanini's comeback was the reopening of Milan's
bomb-damaged opera hause, whitch had been hastily repaired, with the help of the Allied Commission, at a cost of about $350,000. Toscanini paid for his trip to Italy,
contributed $10,000 toward La Scala's restoration. Said he, shyly, "I wish people would consider it as if I had just gone away yesterday and come back today."