The Maggio Musicale in Florence is about to name Alexander Pereira, dropped by La Scala, as its new boss.
His title will be Sovrintendente of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Pereira, 71, negotiated the deal in person with the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella.
He is expected to start work immediately. His predecessor Cristiano Chiarot quit last month after a falling-out with the Mayor, followed by the music director Fabio Luisi.
The company has been in perpetual financial crisis for a decade.
One of Pereira’s first acts will be to engage Cecilia Bartoli, who huffed out of La Scala upon his dismissal.
In the soap opera that is Italy’s opera industry, the same names go round and round.