19 July 2013
Alexander Pereira to Begin La Scala Tenure in October 2014, Year Earlier Than Originally Announced
Alexander Pereira, the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, who in June was named as the new general manager of Teatro alla Scala, will begin his tenure with the Milanese company a full-year earlier than anticipated, the company announced today.
When it was first announced that Pereira had been appointed as the general director designate at La Scala, he was slated to officially assume his post there in October 2015, while his tenure as artistic director of the Salzburg Festival was scheduled to conclude in 2016. Pereira had reportedly planned to hold both positions until the conclusion of his Salzburg term. A week after the announcement of his appointment in Milan, though, the Salzburg Festival's board — ostensibly displeased by the prospect of an artistic director whose time would be compromised by another company — announced that Pereira's contract would end in September 2014.
Consequently, on July 18, the board of La Scala voted to allow Pereira to assume control of the company on October 1, 2014, a decision reportedly made at the behest of its current intendant, Stéphane Lissner, who will become the general director of the Opéra National de Paris in 2015.
One of Pereira's responsibilities in his new post at La Scala will be the selection of an artistic director — a role that is currently part of Lissner's purview. Pereira has already said that the role will be filled by an Italian, and that a name will be announced before the end of the year.
More information can be found at the New York Times, Tages Anzeiger and Milano Today.
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