norman lebrecht

September 13, 2023

A judge in Naples yesterday ordered the reinstatement of Stéphane Lissner as Sovrintendente of the San Carlo Theatre.

The judge found that the new Government law aimed at removing opera bosses when they reached 70 was discriminatory and could, in any event, not be applied to a running contract.

San Carlo now has two bosses – Lissner, who says ‘I am available to carry out my duties’ and his successor Carlo Fuortes, who started work on September 1.

At La Scala, meanwhile, legal opinion has it that the new law does not apply to its historically independent constitution. Dominique Meyer expects to continue in charge after he reaches 70.

By mrtrv