Our pals at Ludwig Van Toronto report that Canadian Opera Company will lose its general director Alexander Neef one year early to take over as head of Opéra national de Paris.
He was not due to start in Paris until September 2021, but Stéphane Lissner is not completing his term there and Neef has responded to an urgent need for direction in a house with a spiralling deficit. He will start in a couple of weeks.
Over the first few months, with neither company opening its doors to the public, it was judged that he can safely manage both until Toronto names a replacement.
Ambitious. Brave, even.