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Judith Isherwood, widely credited with leading the successful re-positioning of the Sydney Opera House as a creative force in the performing arts, has been appointed to run the £104.2 million performing arts centre ahead of its November 2004 opening.

She has long held a passion for supporting the development of the performing arts, and has established an influential reputation within the Australian and international arts industries for developing new audiences for the opera house and deepening strategic partnerships with the resident companies.

A major talent in the arts arena, Judith served as Director of Performing Arts and acting CEO at the Sydney Opera House, and takes up her new role at the end of March 2003. The role, to deliver the most significant development in the UK performing arts scene in a generation, was highly sort after from candidates around the world.

Judith will bring to Wales Millennium Centre - which boasts four formal performance venues and seven resident companies - her extensive experience of technical issues, along with her proven track record of working with diverse resident organisations and experience of programming a multi venue arts centre.

With less than two years until the Centre opens, Isherwood will focus much of her attention on developing the Centre’s artistic programme that will include large-scale musicals, opera, ballet, dance and international festivals. She commented: “Wales Millennium Centre is the most exciting new performing arts centre in Europe. It will be a first class venue for both global and home-grown artistic talent and has all the right cultural and architectural ingredients to make it a leading light on the global stage. I can’t wait to get started!”

Sir David Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman of Wales Millennium Centre, a Millennium-Commission funded project, said delightedly: “Judith’s appointment, a unanimous decision by the Board, represents the perfect marriage of artistic leadership with technical knowledge, venue management and experience of working with resident companies – a tall order. We all look forward to welcoming Judith to Wales and together ensuring that Wales Millennium Centre fulfils its very great potential.

The worldwide search began in September and attracted the attention of a number of high profile industry names from across four continents. Over 70 candidates were considered for the post.
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