As you know, around this time last summer I was appointed the next General Director of Opéra national de Paris. At that point, preparations were getting underway for Turandot and Rusalka, and we were busy readying our Monumental campaign to bring Parsifal to our stage. While the Paris appointment was an incredible honour, that next chapter of my career was still two full years away.
A Message from COC General Director Alexander Neef
By Alexander Neef
I came to the Canadian Opera Company in 2008 from France, where I was the head of casting at the Paris Opera.
Flying into Toronto, I remember a sense of extraordinary excitement about opera in this city. Seeing its landscape of glassy skyscrapers, I knew I was embarking on an exciting new phase in my artistic career in a place that welcomed and celebrated opera’s provocative, empowering storytelling.