Teatro alla Scala, Milano

A change at the top of La Scala is being prepared: when Dominique Meyer’s tenure expires at the end of February next year, his place will be taken, barring any last-minute surprises, by Fortunato Ortombina. The appointment is expected to take place at the next council meeting.

Mantuan, 64 in May, Ortombina  is a weak candidate, according to some insiders, but he has had different positions in many important theaters, from the Regio in Turin to the San Carlo in Naples before being artistic coordinator right at La Scala from 2003 to 2007, then moving to Venice first as artistic director and then, since 2017, with the dual position of artistic director and superintendent, with a contract that will expire on December 12. According to Italian media, it remains to be seen whether he will accept in Milan to be joined by an artistic director, as the intention is to divide the tasks.

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