General Director Canadian Opera Company, Toronto
Alexander Neef, appointed General Director of the Canadian Opera Company in June 2008, has worked with some of the most prestigious arts organizations in the world. His career as an artistic administrator has taken him from the Salzburg Festival to the RuhrTriennale in Germany, Opéra national de Paris and New York City Opera, to leading the Canadian Opera Company, Canada's largest opera company and one of the most important in North America.
As General Director of the COC, Neef has overseen the presentation of world premieres, Canadian premieres and COC premieres, as well as adding important new productions to the COC's repertoire. Neef has been instrumental in the COC debuts of numerous Canadian and international artists as well as two tours to the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music. Neef's many credits for the Company also include increasing the public profile and professional development opportunities of the COC's Ensemble Studio program.
Neef has a master of arts from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen where he studied Latin Philology and Modern History.