La Scala shock: Pereira takes a pay cut

La Scala shock: Pereira takes a pay cut


norman lebrecht

March 24, 2015

The board of La Scala has confirmed a new 5-year contract for sovrintendente Alexander Pereira, starting February 2016. He will be paid up to 240,000 Euros per annum, which is said to be the current legal maximum for the head of an Italian opera house.

It is about one-seventh of Peter Gelb’s package at the Met, one-quarter of what they paid his predecessor Stéphane Lissner, or equivalent to what a top conductor can earn in eight nights at La Scala.

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  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    We all will pray for him. And, of course, for all operaconductors and -singers – and Met’s Gelb – who suffer from harsh financial obesitas.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    How does Pereira’s compensation at La Scala compare with that of his counterparts at other major EU opera houses, e.g. Vienna, Munich, Covent Garden or Paris?