An item from yesterday's Gazzetta notes that officials are close to finalizing a deal with Meli, with several items of an "operational nature" that remain to be hammered out.
Meli would replace current superintendent Gian Piero Rubiconi, whose contract expires at the end of the month.
When reports of the offer surfaced, the Teatro Regio released a statement saying that the Gazzetta's report was incorrect, and that the opera house's administrative board had not nominated anyone for the superintendent position.
Meli briefly held the position of general manager at Milan's Teatro alla Scala, after Carlo Fontana was fired from that position. The subsequent standoff between the opera house's management and its musicians and employees brought on the resignation of both Meli and longtime music director Riccardo Muti.
According to an article on the web site Musical America, Meli is also on the short list for the position superintendent at Florence's Maggio Musicale.