Former opera house manager Carlo Majer died yesterday after a long illness. He was 62. Born into a wealthy Milanese industrial family, Carlo became the youngest artistic director of any opera house in Italy at the age of 35, presiding at the Teatro Regio in Torino from 1991 to 1998.
He went on to head the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for three years and then finally returned to full-time involvement in his family business – Rheavendors Group, a leading international company, that manufactures and distributes vending machines for hot or cold drinks and snacks.
Majer took over from the founder of the company – his father Aldo Majer – the position of President and CEO of the Group.
Among his best-remembered achievements are a centennial Bohème with Pavarotti and Freni, watched by a huge television audience, and a Ronconi production of Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust.