Police Confiscates Over €126,000 from Alexander Pereira

By David Salazar

Police has confiscated over €126,000 from Alexander Pereira.

Per Platea and Puls 24, the police confiscated the euros during an investigation into embezzlement of money during Pereira’s time as general director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Per the reports, Pereira used the foundation’s credit card “for private non-contractual expenses,” including relocations, hotel stays, and plane or helicopters flights. Moreover, Pereira is accused by the public prosecutor of letting two foreign foundations pay the rent for his private house in San Casciano Val di Pesa.

Previous reports noted that auditors questioned expenses of € 60,000 in 2021 and € 14,000 during the first four months of 2022. In May of 2022, La Reppublica reported that Prosecutor Mondera Acheropita had begun investigating the expenses, including a restaurant bill in Ibiza and visits to a butcher and greengrocer, among other shops.

Pereira ran the Opernhaus Zürich between 1991-2012 before taking over top positions at the Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala, and eventually the Maggio Musicale, where he resigned back in February for “personal reasons.”