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La Scala names new musical director: Chailly

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December 10, 2013 09:40 AM EST | AP


MILAN (AP) — The famed Milanese opera house La Scala has confirmed that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim.

La Scala said in an email Tuesday that Chailly, a 60-year-old Milan-born conductor, will be La Scala's principal conductor from 2015 before becoming musical director in 2017.

One of the world's premier opera houses, La Scala is going through an artistic and managerial transition. General manager Stephane Lissner just oversaw his last gala premiere, "La Traviata," on Saturday ahead of his summer departure for the Paris Opera. He is being replaced by Alexander Pereira, an Austrian who has said he wanted an Italian to be musical director.

Barenboim, 71, joined La Scala with the unofficial title of principal guest conductor in 2006 before becoming musical director in December 2011.