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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 12:39 GMT
Bright young team at Glyndebourne
David Pickard
David Pickard said he feels "privileged"
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.

Glyndebourne opera house
The country opera festival is one of Britain's musical summer highlights
The news of Pickard's appointment came as something of a surprise to the opera world, although he has a good track record as chief executive of the period instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

"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."

Forward planning

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.

Bryn Terfel and Cecilia Bartoli
Bryn Terfel and Cecilia Bartoli on stage at Glyndebourne
"I think the OAE a jolly good orchestra and though I would not have associated David Pickard with opera, I am waiting with interest to see what he comes up with," said Sunday Telegraph opera critic Michael Kennedy.

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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