October 13, 2011 / 5:21 PM / 6 years ago

Daniel Barenboim named music director at La Scala

MILAN (Reuters) - 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

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