Paris gets its opera chief sooner than expected

Paris gets its opera chief sooner than expected


norman lebrecht

August 26, 2020

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.


  • Robert bademan says:

    More like an organization made up of idiots who work in high paying bank jobs and ignorant of all the poor musicians barely making ends meet.

    He’s not the CEO he’s a GD for nerves sake. Not a bloody superstar. He stepped into his hard working predecessor shoes, and took that company for a ride. He’s laughing all the way to the bank. How any companies and salaries is he collecting? And when it fails, no one will care.