At the time the Salzburg Festival drew to a close in 2013 - Alexander Pereira's last full year in charge - it was showing a projected deficit of over €1m. A deficit that would have been problematic for the Festival and embarrassing for Pereira.
Luckily rescue was at hand. Very close at hand. La Scala agreed to buy several Salzburg productions for a total price of €1.6m, leaving the Festival €400,000 in the black.
And who made the decision for La Scala? Incoming Intendant Alexander Pereira. Of course.
(NOT a 1 April joke.)