SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Mary Miller is the new director of New Haven’s annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas. She replaces Paul Collard, who has returned to his native England after organizing the past four fests.
During Collard’s tenure, the festival had a strong British flavor, with appearances by the Royal Shakespeare Co., the Royal National Theater and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in productions such as the U.S. premiere of Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” in its original London production.
Presumably, the fest’s British accent will continue with the Scottish-born Miller, who has been head of the Studio at the London-based English National Opera (ENO) and director of Scotland’s Northlands International Festival. Educated at Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Miller was for 17 years a concert violinist, performing with Pierre Boulez, Yo-Yo Ma and Simon Rattle, among others.
Also a journalist, Miller has been a regular contributor to the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in Britain as well as producing and presenting several “Musical Encounter” shows on BBC Radio.
Commenting on her New Haven appointment, Miller said, “The enormous strides the Festival has made in recent years have laid strong foundations. My challenge will be to continue its development so that it becomes one of the major international festivals in the world while extending the reach and vibrancy of its engagement with local communities.”