Change at the Royal Opera House

Alex Beard joins the Royal Opera House as the new Chief Executive after 19 years at the Tate, one of most popular and exciting art spaces in London, UK and Europe.

Aged 49, Alex Beard has been at Tate since 1994 and has been Deputy Director since 2002. With a lifelong interest in music, he was recently been awarded CBE for services to the arts. 

He said ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. 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.’

This huge role comes with a pretty hefty remuneration of £250,000. In the financial year 2010/11 the Royal Opera House had a turnover of £109.5 million of which the Arts Council subsidy was £27.9 million, box office £37.7 million, donations, legacies and sponsorships £20.7 million, commercial trading, touring and other income was £23.2million. 

It will be interesting to see what changes the new Chief Executive will bring to the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet.

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