The Royal Opera House announced today that Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House at the beginning of March 2017 to succeed Kasper Holten as Director of Opera, who leaves on 11 March 2017.
Mears has been artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera since its foundation in 2010.
He has also directed at other British companies but his international experience is limited to brief stints at Dutch Touring Opera and Bergen, in Norway.
He is practically unknown on the world stage.
Mears has withheld all personal details, including his age, from the official announcement and his agency c.v.
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