After a seemingly endless search, Alexander Pereira is to become Superintendant of La Scala on Stéphane Lissner's departure in 2015, it has just been announced.
Pereira's current contract with the Salzburg Festival expires in 2016, so quite how the two positions will be juggled remains to be seen. The Salzburg trustees have previously said that he can't do two jobs simultaneously. On the other hand they're now left with precious little time to find a replacement, given the lengthy planning horizons involved.
It has been said that many of the La Scala decision makers would have preferred an native Italian - but after 12 years working for Olivetti early in his career, Pereira at least speaks the language fluently. It seems likely his proven sponsor-finding skills won over the nationalists.
The mayor of Milan, who is also the president of La Scala, said the Board had decided "unanimously" in favour of Pereira after a "comparison that will be useful for the future of La Scala."
The main criteria in the selection were set by the board and included experience as a superintendent or general manager, fund raising capability and a 'significantly lower' cost than Lissner. Pereira's base salary will be "at least 25%" lower than Lissner's €350,000 - but, like Lissner, he will presumably be able to earn bonuses .