The Royal Opera House has appointed Alex Beard, currently deputy director at Tate, as its new chief executive.
He will, said a statement, ‘take up his post in readiness for the 2013/14 season and be available for consultation on key strategic matters prior to his arrival.’
Beard succeeds Tony Hall in the role. Lord Hall was hurriedly appointed director general of the BBC earlier this year, following George Entwistle’s resignation after just 54 days in charge.
Lord Hall was already making strategic appointments in his new role and had officially left the opera house last week. Sally O’Neill, finance director at Covent Garden, will continue to act as interim chief executive. Speaking at the ROH’s season launch on 13 March, music director Antonio Pappano said that Lord Hall would be ‘certainly a tough act to follow’.
Beard said in a statement: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed chief executive of the Royal Opera House. To have the opportunity to build on Tony Hall’s achievements and strengthen the Royal Opera House’s reputation as one of the world’s leading artistic and creative forces is hugely exciting.
‘I’m very proud to be joining a world class team led by Antonio Pappano, Kasper Holten and Kevin O’Hare, together with a superb executive and committed staff across the organisation.’
Simon Robey, chairman of the ROH’s board of trustees, said Beard had ‘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 will be paid £250,000 per annum.