We hear that the Mayor of Milan had a meeting today with Alexander Pereira and Dominique Meyer, outgoing and incoming chiefs of La Scala.
It was agreed that Pereira will stay at la Scala until December 15, starting his new job at the Maggio Musicale in Florence the following day.
Meyer is not due to start until March 1 but he will do his best to bring forward his arrival.
That does not leave much opportunity for a handover.
Pereira, on the other hand, acheives a personal goal of working with Zubin Mehta in Florence before he steps down.