From the editor
IT’S all change at the top in our leading arts organisations. Queensland Ballet has a shortlist for its artistic directorship, although sadly they won’t tell me who is on it. I’ll keep trying. West Australian Ballet will soon start its search for a replacement for Ivan Cavallari, who departs at the end of the year. The Sydney Opera House needs a new chief executive after Richard Evans’s decision to leave next month while the Art Gallery of NSW, which appeared to have problems replacing long-serving director Edmund Capon, last week named Michael Brand as the man. One would have expected them to have a smoother transition as Capon said in August he’d be finishing up at the end of the year — that would be 2011, not 2012 — and his retirement had been long expected. Not to worry: it’s all turned out for the best in the end. The National Gallery of Victoria moved swiftly to find someone to follow Gerard Vaughan into the director’s chair (he said in September he’d be moving on) and as I write an announcement is imminent; indeed, it may have been made by the time you read this. To continue: the Sydney Festival has lost Lindy Hume and Josephine Ridge, to Opera Queensland and the Melbourne Festival respectively, which leaves an opening for a new administrator in Sydney (Lieven Bertels is well ensconsed as new artistic director); and American conductor Joseph Colaneri will direct West Australian Opera because Richard Mills is going to Opera Victoria. A bit of a merry-go-round in some quarters, but there is some new blood there and presumably more to come. No disrespect to those I’ve known for yonks, but that will be healthy for the arts.