Jeffrey Tate is resigning as principal conductor of London's Royal Opera for a similar post at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera announced Monday.

No successor was announced. The company said Tate would continue as principal guest conductor after he leaves the company in July.Tate, 47, joined the staff of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in 1970, assisting conductors including Sir Georg Solti and Carlos Kleiber.

He conducted the Gothenberg Opera in Sweden from 1978 to 1980 and debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1979 and at the Royal Opera in 1982. He was named principal conductor in 1986.