From the ed­i­tor

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Deb­o­rah Jones

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.

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