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Paris's Opera Ballet Has New Director

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Benjamin Millepied
Lauren Fleishman for NY Times

Paris's Opera Ballet has chosen its new director. As a matter of fact they have chosen someone other than a Frenchmen. Benjamin Millepied has been elected to fill the vacancy. He was the choreographer and principal of the Ne York City Ballet. The Opera Ballet director will begin his reign in September 2014.

PARIS — Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer and a former principal at New York City Ballet, will be the new director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, starting in September 2014.

The announcement on Thursday morning at the Palais Garnier by the general director of the Paris Opera, Nicolas Joel, ends months of intense speculation surrounding the successor to Brigitte Lef?vre, the director of dance at the Paris Opera since 1995 who plans to retire at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Mr. Millepied’s appointment comes as a surprise as it was generally expected that a current or former company member would be chosen to lead one of the world’s grandest and most traditional ensembles.

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