It's all go on the Euro operaboss front. And it's all because the incoming La Scala director Alexander Pereira was 'released' by the Salzburg Festival a couple of years early, leaving him ready to start in Milan in 2014 instead of 2016.
That means his La Scala predecessor Stephane Lissner can begin his own new job, at the Paris Opera, sooner than he thought. News comes in that the current Paris director Nicolas Joel has agreed to step aside a year earlier than planned to allow a 2014 handover.
Meanwhile in Salzburg the search for Pereira's replacement is narrowing. There were 15 applicants for the position - 14 men and one lone woman. Roughly half fell at the first hurdle on the grounds of 'improbability'. The remainder will be interviewed and the winner announced on 25 September. The hot favourite is Markus Hinterhäuser, a former interim director of the festival.
In Spain, despite Gerard Mortier's reservations about local candidates, Joan Matabosch has been announced as his successor. This will leave a vacancy at the Liceu from 2016 - perhaps some of the Salzburg rejects can apply?