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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 12:39 GMT
Bright young team at Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne Opera has announced that David Pickard will take over as director general later this year, following the unexpected departure of Nicholas Snowman three months ago.
Mr Pickard, 40, completes a young management team at Glyndebourne along with 28-year-old musical director Vladimir Jurowski and 36-year-old executive chairman Gus Christie.
"David Pickard comes straight from the OAE where he has had extraordinary success, not just financially, but particularly in artistic achievement," said Sir George Christie, president of Glyndebourne Productions.
"With his appointment, at the age of 40, together with those of our new music director, Vladimir Jurowski and Gus Christie as Executive Chairman, the company looks forward to a new and re-juvenated future."
It is clear that Pickard will have an artistic as well as a management role, though the effect of his appointment will not be apparent for some time as forward planning takes place years in advance.
This year at the Glyndebourne Festival there will be six productions, two of which are new - Fidelio, conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by Deborah Warner and Otello directed by Peter Hall and conducted by Richard Franes.
The festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife the singer Audrey Mildmay on an opera house built on their country estate some 50 miles south of London.
The London Philharmonic has been the resident orchestra since 1964, with the OEA making frequent high profile guest appearances.
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