Having announced Placido Domingo a few days ago as chief artistic advisor, the board have suddenly produced two more rabbits from the hat.
Joe Illick, 58, music director since 2002, has been named artistic director. Fair enough.
But there is also a new general director. He is Tuomas Hiltunen, 45, an adjunct lecturer in the Finnish studies at Columbia University and previously head of admin director for the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA, which operates out of Columbia.
He is from Rovaniemi, in the Finnish Arctic Circle.