Yes, it’s him.
After a summer of yes-no, Serge Dorny of Lyon Opera has accepted the Dresden chiefdom left vacant by the death of the widely-admired Ulrike Hessler last summer.
The Belgian director will need quickly to form a congenial relationship with a strong-minded music director, Christian Thielemann, an ever-sceptical audience and a turbulent political establishment.
Dorny, 51, was formerly director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Like Gerard Mortier, though less flamboyantly, he leaves few neutrals in his wake.
photo: Matthias Creutziger