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Mikko Nissinen appointed as General Manager of Boston Ballet
The Boston Ballet announced the appointment of Finn Mikko Nissinen as General Manager to its ballet staff on Monday.
The establishment is currently flourisihing and is regarded as one of the top three or four ballet companies in the United States.
The ballet gave him a temporary contract, just as he wished, Nissinen reported to Helsingin Sanomat.
”First I will have to handle a few major economic issues, including the acquisition of the plot of land on which the ballet building is located. We believe that it is better to own the land instead of leasing it”, Nissinen explained.
When asked whether or not the acquisition of a plot worth millions of dollars is too much effort for an artist, Nissinen says that today’s artists have to be well-informed even on financial matters, as artistic decisions are always financial and vice versa.
The public funding for the Boston Ballet, coming from the City of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and the federal government, is just 0.5 per cent of the total costs.
”It means that we will have to earn the entire budget of USD 24 million ourselves”, Nissinen noted.
Nissinen appears to be a popular manager, even though he has had to make some tough decisions in order to make the formerly ailing ballet as successful as it currently is.
Born in Finland in 1962, Nissinen started ballet training at a young age with the Finnish National Ballet School, and in 1979 he joined the Kirov Ballet School in Russia to continue his studies. Since then he has danced with the Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In 2001 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet.
Nissinen has also been offered the directorship of the Finnish National Ballet, but he feels that it is not the right time yet.
”I could come to Finland and sign on with the Finnish National Ballet just before I retire. I could then give the Finnish ballet all that I have learned during my career”, Nissinen concluded.