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New Artistic Director for Park Avenue Armory

The founder of London’s avant-garde Almeida Theater, Pierre Audi, has been named the new artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory, according to the New York Times' Robin Pogrebin. Audi has headed the Dutch National Opera since 1988—a job he‘ll continue alongside his new role—and worked as the Holland Festival’s artistic director from 2004 until 2014. Audi fills a role left vacant by Alex Poots, who last year became artistic director and chief executive of Culture Shed.

“When you do the list of all the artists and directors he has worked with it is embarrassing—you have to stop,” said Rebecca Robertson, the Armory’s president and executive producer, who praised Audi for knowing “how to work at the spectacular and epic level.”

As head of the Dutch National Opera, Audi has premiered new works by composers like Tan Dun and Kaija Saariaho, but also has staged a performance of Wagner’s Ring cycle that put the orchestra center stage. At the Holland Festival, he worked with artists William Kentridge and John Baldessari and choreographers including Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov.