Civil Servant Onofrio Cutaia Appointed to Run Maggio Musicale

By Chris Ruel

Civil servant, Onofrio Cutaia, has been appointed to manage Florence’s opera house after the sudden departure of Alexander Pereira as superintendent amid an ongoing fraud case.

Authorities are investigating Pereira regarding the use of the company’s credit card. The former superintendent has denied any wrongdoing, claiming all transactions were legitimate.

Cutaia is an executive of the Ministry of Culture, but it remains to be seen if he get the Maggio back on course. Prior, he worked as the key man of Eti (Italian theater body). He spent five years in Naples, as director of the Mercadante Theater before returning to Rome.

When his name was bandied about as Pereira’s successor, Corriere Fiorentino reported Cutaia as stating at the time, “I’m a technician with great experience in the field, but it’s not me you need to ask,”

The 64-year-old Cutaia goes by the nickname, Ninni, and—at the time of this writing—he has not made any media statements regarding his appointment.