It ended quickly in tears when the late New York City Opera appointed Gerard Mortier as its director. But this is different.
Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan’s edgy, ex-military art space, has named Pierre Audi, director of Dutch National Opera, as its next artistic director. He will shuttle between the two jobs, taking on Park Avenue to fill the gap in his life left by stepping down from running the Holland Festival.
This is a seriously cool move on both sides. Pierre, 57, Lebanese-born and multicultural, has been wired in to live contemporary art ever since he launched the Almeida theatre in London, back in 1979. His artistic taste and commercial nous are evenly balanced. He has put Holland, firmly and for the first time, on the opera map.
Park Avenue has hired an operatic mover and shaker, right on the Met’s doorstep.
photo: Erwin Olaf