Dresden Semperoper are expected to announce soon that Lyon's Serge Dorny will take over as Intendant in 2015. The position has been vacant for over a year while Dresden searched for someone to match the skills, ambition and vision of the late Ulrike Hessler. Have they found their man in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's former chief executive and artistic director?
Dorny is widely credited with turning Lyon into France's most exciting opera house. A quarter of the audience are under-25, and thanks to a bold box office initiative which raised top prices by 50% while reducing the cheapest tickets to as little as €5, Lyon has hit average 96% occupancy (ENO take note).
On top of his financial and access achievements, the former assistant to Gerard Mortier maintains a strong artistic focus in Lyon, nurturing François Girard's recent Met Parsifal amongst other highly-praised productions. He was widely tipped for the Paris job eventually nabbed by Stéphane Lissner, and some thought he might be on his way to Berlin's Staatsoper. But it looks like Dresden got there first.