The Canadian Opera Company’s General Director Alexander Neef has extended his tenure at the company through the 2020/2021 season. Neef was reaching the end of his five year contract prior to adding this 8 year extension.
“The relentless improvement in the artistry we are witnessing on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the best evidence of Alexander Neef’s unique ability to fit the right artists to the works that can best show their talents,” says Philip C. Deck, President of the Canadian Opera Company Board of Directors. “He has harnessed all the assets that the COC has built over time – our fantastic opera house, our terrific orchestra, our fabulous chorus, great production teams and an audience that supports our innovations – and woven them into a package that attracts the finest artists in the world. Our Canadian opera community demands the best and they have enthusiastically embraced the artistic vision that Alexander’s leadership has created.”
“At the time of my appointment in 2008, my promise was to make the COC one of the best companies in the world. The last four years have been about increasing the company’s international reach and reputation, and that will continue to be a priority, but they’ve also been about taking the necessary time to form relationships and deep roots within our community,” Neeef said about his time at the COC.
Since commencing his appointment as General Director in the fall of 2008, he has been instrumental the company’s debuts of of numerous Canadian and International artists.