The Teatro San Carlo has named Stéphane Lissner as its next Sovrintendente, starting April 2020.
Lissner, 66, is on his last legs as head of the Paris Opéra. Before that, he was Sovrintendente at La Scala.
All other considerations aside, what this means is that three citadels of Italian opera are now in foreign hands – Dominique Meyer at La Scala, Alexander Pereira at Maggio Musicale in Florence and now Lissner in Naples.
It could turn into a political timebomb.