- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011

MILAN (AP) - La Scala has announced that Daniel Barenboim has been named musical director of the famed Milanese opera house, effective Dec. 1.

Barenboim fills a position that has been vacant since Riccardo Muti left La Scala in 2005 amid bitter controversy over artistic and programming differences.

Barenboim for the last five years has been “Maestro of La Scala,” a less formal title under which he has produced at least two operas a year. The arrangement was set to expire this year.

Barenboim’s tenure as musical director runs through the end of 2016. La Scala on Thursday said he will be present at La Scala 15 weeks a year, for concerts, operas and tours.