The Sicilian opera house has been plagued with troubles for the last 30 years. Carriglio's successor will face budget deficits, debt, decreasing ticket sales, disagreements with workers' unions, and accusations of corruption in contracts awarded for theater restoration work.
According to Andante, famous directors refused to stage their work at Teatro Massimo during Carriglio's 11-month tenure. Franco Zeffirelli said, "This theater has fallen into unworthy hands."
The leading candiate to replace Carriglio is rumored to be Renzo Giacchieri, the former superintendent of the Arena di Verona, the web site says.