Welsh National Opera director Anthony Freud has become the general director of the Houston Grand Opera.
Freud was Welsh National Opera general director for 10 years
The US company's music director Patrick Summers praised Freud's "passionate and beautifully articulated belief in the arts" and "vast operatic knowledge".
Freud said he was eager to work with a company with "no accumulated deficit and one that enjoys strong support from the board and the community".
Freud was general director of the Welsh National Opera for 10 years.