Italy’s PM Monti attends La Scala season opener (AP)

Italian Premier Mario Monti gestures waits for the start of the RAI (Italian State Television) TV talk show 'Porta a Porta' (Door to Door) in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Monti, an economist and former EU commissioner who took office less than three weeks ago, announced emergency measures on Sunday that seek to save €30 billion through austerity measures, and reinvest €10 billion of savings from those measures to enhance growth, stuck at zero for a decade. (AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo, LaPresse) ITALY OUTAP – Italian Premier Mario Monti took a short culture break Wednesday from promoting his package of austerity and growth measures to attend La Scala’s gala season premiere of “Don Giovanni” at the famed Milanese opera house.