Music: Splash for Little Spinach

Good Italian ballerinas are about as scarce as Russian boccie bowlers. But audiences at La Scala last week cheered a 23-year-old dancer, daughter of a Milan streetcar conductor, who was all but stealing the stage from Britain's famed Margot Fonteyn. Occasion: the world premiere of Fantasy at Grand Hotel, starring Ballerina Carla Fracci.

Ballet at La Scala was for years behind the rest of the world, with choreography and staging sometimes below the level of New York's Radio City Music Hall. But Choreographer Leonide Massine's appealing work demonstrated that La Scala is trying hard...

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