The days of Stéphane Lissner and Dominique Meyer are numbered

The Italian Council of Ministers and its far-right president Giorgia Meloni have passed a decree banning foreign superintendents of the country’s opera and symphony foundations from holding office past the age of 70, effective 10 June. In the firing line is Frenchman Stéphane Lissner, former director of La Scala in Milan and the Opéra national de Paris, now at the head of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, who has just turned 70. Another major figure in the world of opera, Dominique Meyer, who will be 70 in two years’ time, will also have to leave his post as superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.


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Stéphane Lissner © Elisa Haberer