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`’Wagner always wins when you play the music well,” Barenboim said.

Premier Mario Monti, a La Scala regular, took a break from the grueling job of reforming Italy’s economy and after Thursday’s moves by Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party to pull support from the government. He went back stage to meet the singers during one of the intermissions.

With no time to rest on her laurels, Dasch heads back to Berlin early Saturday for an evening performance of Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” (The Gates of Love).

`’Something completely different,” she said.