Who Was That Tenor In The Black Jeans?

Lost in the hullabaloo that followed Roberto Alagna’s huffy departure from the La Scala stage last week has been the role of the stand-in who finished Alagna’s aborted performance that night. Antonello Palombi, the 45-year-old Italian tenor who dashed onto the stage in his street clothes just in time to save the show, was happy for the exposure, but not necessarily for the circumstances under which it arrived.