Marián Chudovský, the general director of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) who was appointed to lead the theatre a week ago, announced certain changes he plans to make, the Sme daily reported.
During the selection process for the post he told the selection committee who he planned to appoint to lead the SND’s three sections – opera, ballet and drama – and on July 9 he confirmed that former singer Peter Dvorský, who has been leading the opera section, will become project manager and will be replaced in his position by Austrian conductor Friedrich Haider. Chudovský said, as reported by Sme, that he agreed with Dvorský on this move. Sme did not receive any comment from Dvorský.
The second change is in the artistic-decorations section that will now be led by stage designer and journalist Peter Jankú.
Chudovský, himself an opera singer, was selected for the post in mid-June. Previous SND head Ondrej Šoth, a choreographer by vocation, submitted his resignation to former culture minister Daniel Krajcer last year. Šoth had said his decision was aimed at helping to calm the situation at the SND amid audits of the theatre that found violations of budgetary rules. Šoth resigned on September 20, 2012 and since then Milan Vajdička was temporarily authorised to lead the SND.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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