Amid French satisfaction at landing a respected chief for the Paris Opera, replacing Nicolas Joel, there is some stupefaction that Stephane Lissner should be trading in his job as head of La Scala for a hot seat at the Bastille.
His compatriot Dominique Meyer, who is head of the Vienna Opera, turned down the Bastille when approached in July. Vienna, he reckons, is a more prestigious and challenging job. So why is Lissner quitting Milan?
La Scala would once have been considered the top of the tree. How has it fallen so low?