Innovative Belgian director to run Madrid's Royal Theatre
Gerard Mortier will take over as artistic head of Madrid's Royal Theatre.
MADRID - Innovative Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier will take over as artistic head of Madrid's Royal Theatre, the theatre announced.
Mortier, 65, currently director of the Opera National de Paris, quit the New York City Opera earlier this month before the start of his first season amid funding difficulties.
He is to sign a five-year contract with the Royal Theatre that will start from January 2010, Spanish media Thursday quoted its director, Miguel Muniz, as saying. His contract in Paris expires next summer.
Mortier is known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and powerful interest in 20th-century opera.
In New York, he had planned to replace City Opera's classical fare with edgy modern works and to make major renovations to its New York State Theater.
He previously worked as director of the Salzburg Festival from 1991 to 2001.