Barenboim for top music post at La Scala
14 October 2011, Milan, Italy
Daniel Barenboim(Photo: Ricardo Dávila)
Daniel Barenboim has been appointed as the music director of Milan's Teatro alla Scala. He will take up his appointment on 1 December, and his initial contract runs for five years.
Barenboim has already established close links with La Scala, spending around two months conducting the orchestra each season. His new contract formalises the relationship and increases his commitment to around four months per year.
The Berlin-based conductor will be seen as a steady hand at La Scala during turbulent times which have seen a succession of strikes and cancelled performances as unions take action against unprecedented budget cuts.
‘The Italians are extremely volatile,’ says Barenboim. 'This is both their charm and what often can stand in the way. But you cannot change this. I am very happy there.'