First reports from today’s board meeting in Milan say that a decision has been taken to give Alexander Pereira a one-year contract only for 2014-15 to be its sovrintendente.
(UPDATE: Offer confirmed. The board has informed Pereira that he must leave at the end of the 2015).
He had been expecting six years.
The offer puts all of Pereira’s plans in jeopardy. he may refuse to take the job on that basis, and Riccardo Chailly will be unlikely to join as music director. The mayor of Milan is about to give a press conference.
It looks like La Scala is descending into a very Italian form of chaos.
UPDATE: It’s a death warrant for La Scala.
Next: Pereira’s response to the offer here.