In this undated photo provided by Alla Scala theater press office, Ann Petersen, playing Elsa, right, performs during rehersals of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin at the Milan La Scala opera house, Italy. This Lohengrin is no knight in shining armor, confidently riding in on a swan to defend a beautiful maiden. No, the barefoot hero on view at La Scala these days acts more like a runaway from a home for troubled youth. He's full of odd, jerky arm movements, spends a lot of time picking swan feathers off himself, and is given to darting off stage suddenly or lying down in a fetal position when under stress. He's well-matched with the neurotic Elsa, who is easily startled and plagued by fainting spells and psychosomatic itching. Small wonder, since she's been traumatized by seeing her younger brother Gottfried kidnapped _ and, for all she knows, drowned in the Scheldt river by the sorceress Ortrud. (Actually, Ortrud turned him into a swan, which explains why Elsa is tormented by visions of him wandering across the set, one arm draped in swan feathers.) (AP Photo/Monika Rittershaus, La Scala)

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In this undated photo provided by Alla Scala theater press office, Ann Petersen, playing Elsa, right, performs during rehersals of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin at the Milan La Scala opera house, Italy. This Lohengrin is no knight in shining armor, confidently riding in on a swan to defend a beautiful maiden. No, the barefoot hero on view at La Scala these days acts more like a runaway from a home for troubled youth. He's full of odd, jerky arm movements, spends a lot of time picking swan feathers off himself, and is given to darting off stage suddenly or lying down in a fetal position when under stress. He's well-matched with the neurotic Elsa, who is easily startled and plagued by fainting spells and psychosomatic itching. Small wonder, since she's been traumatized by seeing her younger brother Gottfried kidnapped _ and, for all she knows, drowned in the Scheldt river by the sorceress Ortrud. (Actually, Ortrud turned him into a swan, which explains why Elsa is tormented by visions of him wandering across the set, one arm draped in swan feathers.) (AP Photo/Monika Rittershaus, La Scala)
In this undated photo provided by Alla Scala theater press office, Ann Petersen, playing Elsa, right, performs during rehersals of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin at the Milan La Scala opera house, Italy. This Lohengrin is no knight in shining armor, confidently riding in on a swan to defend a beautiful maiden. No, the barefoot hero on view at La Scala these days acts more like a runaway from a home for troubled youth. He's full of odd, jerky arm movements, spends a lot of time picking swan feathers off himself, and is given to darting off stage suddenly or lying down in a fetal position when under stress. He's well-matched with the neurotic Elsa, who is easily startled and plagued by fainting spells and psychosomatic itching. Small wonder, since she's been traumatized by seeing her younger brother Gottfried kidnapped _ and, for all she knows, drowned in the Scheldt river by the sorceress Ortrud. (Actually, Ortrud turned him into a swan, which explains why Elsa is tormented by visions of him wandering across the set, one arm draped in swan feathers.) (AP Photo/Monika Rittershaus, La Scala)
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