The National Opera of Bucharest is currently awaiting candidates for a new general manager, after the current interim director failed the management evaluation test. Candidates, including the interim director Cătălin Ionescu-Arbore, can submit applications until November 26 at the Ministry of Culture headquarters in Bucharest. Management projects will be analyzed until December 3, and from December 4 to December 11, the second stage of the process, the interviews, will take place.
Candidates will have to comply with several conditions: university studies in human sciences and arts or social sciences and at least five years experience in running an institution dealing with shows.
The task book and the competition regulation can be received at the Ministry of Culture headquarters or at the Bucharest National Opera, or online on their websites.
Cătălin Ionescu-Arbore became a GM of the Opera in 2006, when he replaced Ludovic Spiess. Ionescu- Arbore had been the art director of the opera since 1990, having created décor and costumes for numerous shows. At the most recent management test, he was marked 8.95 out of 9. He did not appeal the result, but said the contest is now open to everyone, including himself.