At its meeting today, on December 18, the Board of Directors of the Finnish National Opera Foundation appointed Mikko Franck Artistic Director and General Music Director of the Finnish National Opera.
Franck will take up the position as of January 1, 2008. His contract extends to July 31, 2011, with an option for a two-year continuation. Mikko Franck has been General Music Director of the Finnish National Opera since autumn 2006. Until last summer, he was also the Music Director and Chief Conductor of l’Orchestre National de Belgique.
The appointments committee of the Board of Directors of the Finnish National Opera Foundation nominated Mikko Franck for this post in November. Before making the decision, the Board consulted the personnel groups at the Opera, who were unanimously in favour of appointing Franck.
The Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera is responsible for the artistic planning of the repertoire and concerts of the Opera, for managing and developing its artistic operations, and for maintaining and improving the artistic quality of the Opera. He is responsible for the content and artistic policy of opera productions, and he reports to General Director Päivi Kärkkäinen. The Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet also reports to the General Director.