Mar 192013

8571328087 cfd17e3f74 Tates Alex Beard becomes new Royal Opera House chiefThe Royal Opera House in Lon­don has announced the appoint­ment of Alex Beard as its new Chief Exec­ut­ive. After hav­ing lost Tony Hall to the BBC there has been a long and thor­ough search for a worthy replacement.

Beard said,

I’m abso­lutely delighted to have been appoin­ted Chief Exec­ut­ive of the . To have the oppor­tun­ity to build on Tony Hall’s achieve­ments and strengthen the ’s repu­ta­tion as one of the world’s lead­ing artistic and cre­at­ive forces is hugely exciting.

Alex Beard is cur­rently Deputy Dir­ector at the Tate, but he will assume his duties at the ROH in time for the 2013/14 Season.

Chair­man of the Board of Trust­ees, Simon Robey, commented,

Alex Beard has a pas­sion for the work we do at the Royal Opera House. He also brings a wealth of mana­gerial exper­i­ence from his very suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Nick Serota at Tate, as well as the insights and per­spect­ives that this role has given him.  I am con­fid­ent he will forge excel­lent part­ner­ships with our artistic lead­er­ship and our exec­ut­ive team, and that they will, together, lead the Opera House to still greater heights.

Beard is 49 and has been at Tate since 1994, and its Deputy Dir­ector since 2002. More import­antly, he has a pas­sion for music and has been on the board of Glyn­de­bourne since 2008. He was awar­ded CBE for ser­vices to the arts. In the press release there was no men­tion of his know­ledge of ballet.

I’m very proud to be join­ing a world class team led by , Kasper Hol­ten and Kevin O’Hare, together with a superb exec­ut­ive and com­mit­ted staff across the organisation.

Beard will earn £250,000 a year for the pos­i­tion, with free opera and bal­let seats! Tony Hall was on €390,000…

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