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La Scala: Riccardo Chailly named musical director

Riccardo Chailly
Image caption Riccardo Chailly is a native of Milan and made his conducting debut in 1978

Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has been named as new musical director of Milan opera house La Scala.

The 60-year-old will become principal conductor in 2015 before assuming musical leadership in 2017.

Chailly will succeed Argentinian-born Daniel Barenboim, who was in the post for two years and joined La Scala in 2006 as principal guest conductor.

La Scala's general manager Stephane Lissner is also departing next year, for the Paris Opera.

At the age of 20, Chailly became an assistant to La Scala's principal conductor Claudio Abbado, a former musical director of the institution.

It was here in 1978 that Chailly made his debut as a conductor.

He has since led numerous orchestras, including the London Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Chailly has made a number of recordings for the Decca label, including the music of Mahler, Stravinsky and Brahms.

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