Alexander Pereira will take over as the new sovrintendente or Chief Executive at the Teatro alla Scala in October 2014, that means a year earlier than anticipated. Stéphane Lissner will succeed Nicolas Joel as head of the Paris Opera in 2015.
Daniel Barenboim, who is the current musical director, will also leave. Pereira has said that the conductor who will take over from Barenboim will be Italian, and he will announce the name at the end of this year.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.