His name appears on a long-list of 46 candidates to succeed Joan Matabosch as artistic director of the near-bankrupt Liceo.
Barenboim, rather wearily, tells El Pais: ‘At my age, the temptations are viewed with less enthusiasm than before. I am the director of the Berlin Opera and this is my last post. I will never take another. La Scala was a great exception. With the Berlin Opera, with the Academy I want to open and with the time I spend at the piano that’s more than enough. But would love to return to the Real (in Madrid), of course, with some of the ensembles that I lead.’