It's official. After months of rumours, Simone Young's successors at Hamburg State Opera have been officially announced.
From 2015, George Delnon will take over as Intendant and Kent Nagano will become General Music Director. Both posts are currently held by Young - proof if any were needed that it takes two men to do the job of one woman.
Delnon is currently Direktor of the innovative Theater Basel, which under his stewardship has twice won the prestigious Opernhaus des Jahres award. Nagano comes from the Bavarian State Opera, where he has established his credentials particularly in contemporary work. Good news for all Hamburgers who want a forward-thinking opera house.