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THE SCOOP | Alexander Neef Named In List Of Candidates For Head Of Paris Opera

By Michael Vincent on March 13, 2019

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Canadian Opera Company’s Alexander Neef included in the long list of 10 candidates being considered for the coveted director-general of the Opéra national de Paris. (Photo courtesy of the COC)

By way of Norman Lebrecht, Le Figaro has released the long list of 10 candidates being considered for the coveted director-general of the Opéra national de Paris.

Of that list, one, in particular, caught our eye: Canadian Opera Company’s General Director Alexander Neef.

The role is to replace outgoing Paris Opera director designate Stephane Lissner who was appointed October 2012. His contract runs out in 2021 and according to Le Monde, it will not be renewed.

While we are not sure if Neef has actually applied for the job, we know that he is currently on contract with the COC through to the 2025/2026 season. It would be highly unusual to take two concurrent directorships, so should Neef be selected and accept the position, we can only speculate that he would likely have to terminate his contract with the COC early. By 2026, Neef will be the longest-serving General Director of the COC (18 years), after Richard Bradshaw.

It should be noted that Neef took a second appointment as the first Artistic Director of Santa Fe Opera — a role which started October 1, 2018.

As reported in Le Figaro, the full list of candidates are:

  • Peter de Caluwe, La Monnaie (Brussels)
  • Joan Matabosch, Teatro Real (Madrid)
  • Jean-Louis Grinda, Opéra de Monte-Carlo
  • Christina Scheppelmann, Liceu (Barcelona)
  • Alexander Neef, COC (Toronto)
  • Laurent Joyeux, Dijon
  • Marc Minkowski, Opéra de Bordeaux
  • Olivier Mantei, Opéra Comique
  • Jean-Marie Blanchard, former Director of Théâtre de Genève
  • Dominique Meyer, outgoing director of Vienna Staatsoper
  • Christophe Ghristi, Théâtre du Capitole à Toulouse

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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THE SCOOP | JUNO Awards Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

By Michael Vincent on March 12, 2020

Announced today, the JUNO Awards, Canada’s premiere music awards event, has made the unprecedented decision to cancel the event due to concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19.
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THE SCOOP | Toronto Honours National Ballet’s Karen Kain With Her Own Street

By Michael Vincent on March 10, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada has announced the City of Toronto will commemorate Artistic Director Karen Kain's contribution to the arts by naming a street in her honour.
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THE SCOOP | Met Opera Announces Immediate Shut Down And Massive Lay Offs

By Michael Vincent on March 19, 2020

Today, Met Opera general manager Peter Gelb has taken the step of cancelling the remainder of the 2019/2020 season as well as laying off the Met orchestra musicians and chorus members.
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