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Saxon State Opera Names Intendant

MUNICH -- For the first time in its 169 year history, the Saxon State Opera Dresden, Sächsische Staatsoper, home to premiere performances of most Richard Strauss and several Wagner operas, has appointed a woman intendant. Today Saxony's Secretary of Science and Arts, Eva-Maria Stange, announced that Ulrike Hessler will lead the house starting 2010, succeeding current Intendant Gerd Uecker.

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