Aleksandar Marković, outgoing music director of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, has been appointed music director in Leeds, in succession to Richard Farnes.
Marković, 40, will open in September with Rosenkavalier.
He says: ‘I can honestly say that when I first worked with Opera North it felt like love at first sight, and ever since my admiration and affection for the company has continued to grow and grow.
‘For me Opera North’s trademarks include the highest standards in performance, exceptional creative focus in rehearsals, and a unique, warm, and supportive working atmosphere. The motivated and talented orchestra, soloists and chorus reach for new heights every single time they perform, bringing enormous pleasure to their appreciative audiences.
‘Opera North is exactly where I want to be right now and I am very excited by the prospect of working with them much more closely. This a brilliant new chapter in my life and a bright challenge to which I commit myself fully.’