Tate's Alex Beard gets top job at Royal Opera House
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Deputy director of the Tate Alex Beard has been appointed to the top role at the Royal Opera House.
He will take over as chief executive, replacing Tony Hall who is to become director-general of the BBC.
Beard, 49, has worked at Tate since 1994 - helping to establish Tate Modern - and has been deputy director since 2002.
He said he was "absolutely delighted" to have been given his new role at the Opera House, adding: "To have the opportunity to build on Tony Hall's achievements and strengthen the Royal Opera House's reputation as one of the world's leading artistic and creative forces is hugely exciting."
Simon Robey, chairman of the board of trustees at the ROH, said: "Alex Beard has a passion for the work we do at the Royal Opera House. I am confident he will forge excellent partnerships with our artistic leadership and our executive team, and that they will, together, lead the Opera House to still greater heights."
Lord Hall has been brought in to the BBC to replace George Entwistle, who lasted just 54 days as DG. Tim Davie has been acting director-general since Mr Entwistle's resignation late last year.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Cheeky' Nando's under fire for apparently coming onto a customer on Twitter
- 2 Playboy model April Summers speaks out about being a victim of revenge porn
- 3 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 4 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
- 5 Man jumps into bear pen at zoo, fights bear and loses
Jay Z's Tidal could be about to lose Beyonce's music in ultimate humiliation
Royal Academy of Arts' Tim Marlow: Bronze statue of lovers embracing at St Pancras station is a lesson in 'how not to do' public art
Britain's Hardest Grafter: Petition set up as Twitter reacts to BBC 'poverty porn' series pitting low-paid workers against each other
Britain's Got Talent 2015: Jamie Raven divides Twitter as fans expose mind-boggling magic trick
Big Brother contestant Aaron Frew removed from house for 'inappropriate behaviour' after flashing fellow contestants
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'