Scottish Opera's new music director, Francesco Corti, has outlined his plans for transforming the troubled company's fortunes.

"There are a lot of Italian titles which have never been played: the less-popular Verdi, the lesser-known Rossini," says Corti, who makes his first official appearance in the 2008/2009 season. "I have a very great respect for the Opera's planning but there are some corners which haven't yet been explored."

However, he adds, "This kind of transformation does not happen in a short time and working in music you're not working with something concrete, you are also working with people's emotions."

Corti was appointed Aug. 1 as the fourth music director in the company's 45-year history, replacing Sir Richard Armstrong. He will divide his time between Magdeburg and Glasgow.

Milan-born Corti is currently director of Magdeburg Opera in Germany, with whom he will retain contact next season, conducting productions of Mozart's Idomeneo and Flavius Bertaridus and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Telemann.

Corti made his U.K. conducting debut for the company earlier this year with David McVicar's production of Madame Butterfly.

"Scottish Opera's way of approaching a performance is very close to my way: with more passion and instinct," Corti notes. "German companies are expected to produce 12 productions a year and because of this there are the inevitable consequences."