Pierre Audi director of Dutch National Opera until September 2018

After exactly thirty years as director of Dutch National Opera, Pierre Audi will step down in September 2018, two seasons from now. Today the French Ministry of Culture announced Audi’s appointment as general director of the prestigious Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as of September 2018. The annual festival in the French city of Aix-en-Provence presents operas and concerts.

Jean-François van Boxmeer, chairman of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet Supervisory Board:
“Pierre Audi is of inestimable value to Dutch National Opera, to opera as an art form, and to cultural life in the city of Amsterdam and in the Netherlands. We are extremely proud of what Pierre Audi has achieved, and we offer him our sincere congratulations on his appointment at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.”

Els van der Plas, general director of Dutch National Opera & Ballet:
“When he leaves, Pierre will have given thirty years to Dutch National Opera. As a company, organization and audience we have been fortunate to reap the artistic fruits of his leadership. The robust national and international position of Dutch National Opera is largely thanks to him. When Pierre departs in 2018, he will leave behind a sound, flourishing company.”

Pierre Audi will remain as director of Dutch National Opera for the coming two seasons. He will direct the cycle Licht (composer: Karlheinz Stockhausen), a project that is still in development together with the Holland Festival and the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Audi will continue to combine his artistic directorship of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with the artistic directorship of the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

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