In the wake of the Pereira scandal, La Scala have postponed the announcement of their 2014-15 season, previously scheduled for 15 May.
Pereira himself has failed to clarify the exact nature of the transactions he has engineered. So at an informal meeting held yesterday the La Scala board decided to contact the Salzburg Festival to get their version of the facts. Presumably this will allow more informed discussion at the formal meeting on 5 May, which is widely expected to pronounce on Pereira's future in Milan.
Pereira's water gets hotter by the day. As one Italian newspaper puts it, "Few are willing to bet on the confirmation of his appointment as the new superintendent of La Scala from October 1 2014. So much so that names of potential successors have started to circulate".