Boston Ballet announced Friday that its executive director, Barry Hughson, will leave in January to become executive director of the National Ballet of Canada.
Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet’s artistic director, said Hughson’s decision “came as a surprise,” though he knew the National Ballet of Canada, based in Toronto, was looking for an executive director to replace Kevin Garland, who announced her retirement last year.
Hughson said his wife, Ashley, would have a better chance to further her acting career in Toronto, which he described as “one of the top television, film, and arts destinations in North America.” He said his family is also looking to be closer to his younger sister, who recently moved to Michigan, 3½ hours from Toronto.
Still, Hughson said, the decision to leave “didn’t come easy.”
“We love Boston, and we love Boston Ballet,” Hughson said. “Mikko and I will be friends for the rest of our lives. And I will continue to support him in his dreams, and support Boston Ballet, just in a different role.”
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