Alexander Pereira, the incoming sovrintendente, is telling the Austrian press that he has persuaded Cecilia Bartoli to make a Scala comeback.
Pereira badly needs a feather in his cap after having had his job tenure shortened to just 18 months by an angry Mayor of Milan. His coup, however, is less than it seems.
Bartoli boycotted La Scala for 19 years over its fickle audience and archaic work practices. She was brought back by Daniel Barenboim in December 2012 and said nothing at that time to suggest that she would never return. Pereira has merely confirmed a renewed relationship, negotiated by Barenboim, between Italy’s biggest-selling opera singer and the artform’s battered crucible.