New chief in Cologne

New chief in Cologne


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2021

The next head of Opera Cologne will be Hein Mulders, presently intendant of the Aalto-Theater and Philharmonie in Essen.

That’s some promotion.

Mulders, who is Dutch, will be 60 when he takes over next year.



  • Guus Mostart says:

    Excellent appointment!

  • Volpe says:

    Norman, it isn’t “some promotion” … given the state of Koeln at the moment, it makes perfect sense. Someone with local knowledge who can get them through the transition to a new theater, and stabilize the previous and controversial Intendant. He will have to retire in 5 years, so it makes perfect sense that he is a caretaker. Please stop with these judgements and comments when you know very little about situations like this…