Dominque Meyer to Leave Teatro alla Scala in Good Financial Status

By Francisco Salazar

Dominique Meyer is leaving the Teatro alla Scala financially fit in his final season with the company.

During the presentation of the 2024-25 season, the superintendent revealed that “he had increased the contributions of sponsors to 38 million euros ($41 million) last year, above pre-pandemic levels.”

He also noted that “he had pushed up the daily box office take by 22 percent to 236,000 euros, largely by eliminating last-minute discounted tickets that he said ‘poisoned’ the market.”

He also noted that he was leaving the famed Milanese theater with 132.7 million euros in cash, compared with 109 million euros in 2018.

Meyer is set to end his contract with La Scala at the end of February due to a law by Premier Giorgia Meloni’s government that states that opera house directors must retire at 70. He will be replaced by Fortunato Ortombina, who will work alongside Meyer for the first months.

The Teatro alla Scala’s 2024-25 season will open on Dec. 7 with “La Forza del Destino” starring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, and Ludovic Tézier.