MILAN Milan's La Scala opera house said on Thursday Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim would serve as its new music director from December for the next five years.
The Argentine-born musician will help prepare operas, concerts and tours at the glitzy opera house for about four months each year, La Scala said in a statement.
Barenboim, 68, has been principal guest conductor at La Scala since 2006. The 233-year old institution has not had a music director since Riccardo Muti's exit in 2005.
Currently music director at Berlin's Staatsoper, Barenboim is also renowned for his work with the West-Eastern Divan youth orchestra, which brings together Arabs and Israelis.
(Writing by Catherine Hornby; editing by Andrew Roche)