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Lucy Thraves


Welsh National Opera announces new general director

10:23, 6th September 2018

Welsh National Opera (WNO) has appointed Aidan Lang as new general director.

Lang is currently general director of Seattle Opera, where he has overseen co-productions with Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and New Zealand Opera.

He also launched the first of several chamber operas designed to showcase opera in a new light, especially those that have a direct connection to social conversations happening today.

The company’s audiences have increased from 67,000 to 85,000 since he has been at the helm.

He has also held leadership positions at Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Opera Zuid in the Netherlands.

Chair of WNO’s board Mark Molyneux said he was ‘delighted’ with the appointment. He continued: ‘We conducted an extensive, global search and were exceptionally pleased with the calibre of candidates.

‘Aidan stood out, with both his deep artistic credentials as well as proven leadership skills, and we look forward enormously to working with him.’

Lang added: ‘The Welsh National Opera is where my career in opera really began, and I have always considered it to be my artistic home. It was during my time there in the 1980s that I came to understand the potential for opera to change the way that people view the society they live in, and that insight has been at the core of all my work ever since.’

Lang will take up the role in July 2019.


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