The Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, has drawn up a list of possible candidates to succeed Stéphane Lissner the year after next.
According to reliable sources, he has included the Met’s Peter Gelb, although Milan could never match his $1m++ salary, followed by Nikolaus Bachler, who’s unlikely to leave Munich at this point, and Bernard Foccroulle of Aix-en-Provence.
Among Italian contenders are Antonio Cognata, formerly the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and Sergio Escobar, of Milan’s Piccolo theatre.
Claudio Abbado, it is said, has experessed a preference for Pierre Audi of Amsterdam.
But the front-runner, by a league and a half, is
Alexander Pereira, fatally unsettled director of the Salzburg Festival. So they say.