Say hello to this guy as the Seattle Opera crowns British-born Aidan Lang as its new general director, the third in its fifty-year history. Outbound Speight Jenkins, who's been at the GD directorship since 1983, will depart in August 2014. Lang's been the New Zealand Opera's general director since 2006. Prior to that, he's held artistic positions at the Buxton Festival, Glyndebourne Festival/Touring and Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. Lang's also flexed his muscle as an opera director: his productions have appeared at venues such as Salzburg and the Welsh National Opera.