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Fireside Chat with Alexander Neef, General Director of the Paris Opera - Thursday, June 15th, 2023

  • 15 Jun 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cercle de l'Union Interalliée
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is pleased to invite you to a special luncheon with guest of honor

Alexander Neef

General Director of the Paris Opera

Join us for a fireside chat as American Club of Paris member Tu-Oanh Lauson-Phan Dang speaks candidly with Alexander Neef about his distinct role as General Director of the Paris Opera, appointed in 2019 by none other than French President Emmanuel Macron.

Listen in as Mr. Neef openly talks about his artistic vision in developing the Paris Opera's programming, and the importance of finding the "juste milieu" between the traditional and the contemporary and its relevance to, and reflection of, modern life.

With over 12 years experience managing a North American opera house, the Canadian Opera Company, with low public subsidies, Mr. Neef is an expert source on how to creatively push boundaries to attract both opera aficionados and novices, old and young, continuously offering attractive programming for a broad audience

Arriving in Paris in the midst of instability - the global pandemic, strikes, the pension reform, diminishing disposable income, to name a few - Mr. Neef knows a thing or two about both economic and social challenges (and opportunities!) facing the opera world in general, and this historic institution in particular, today.

This and so much more awaits you at this special luncheon! Register now!

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Alexander Neef began his career in 2000 as production manager at none other than the world-renowned Salzburger Festspiele. After two seasons in Salzburg, Mr. Neef joined the artistic administration of the RuhrTriennale, a multidisciplinary festival in Germany, where he was responsible for opera, theatre and dance productions as well as concerts and events.

In 2004, at the request of then visionary Director of the Paris Opera Gerard Mortier, Alexander Neef joined the prestigious institution as Casting Director, going on to assist M. Mortier in the preparations of his programming schedule for the New York City Opera.

From 2008 to 2020 Alexander Neef was General Director of the Canadian Opera Company where he developed co-productions with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, London's Royal Opera House, Madrid's Teatro Real, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, to name a few. While welcoming world-renowned singers, conductors, directors and artists, it was Alexander Neef’s passionate leadership that in March 2011 enabled the Canadian Opera Company’s return to the world-famous BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) with Igor Stravinsky's The Nightingale & Other Short Fables.

During his tenure in Toronto Mr. Neef also presented two world premieres and commissioned two new operas. At the same time, he brought new energy to the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, a training program for young opera professionals, in particular by scheduling specific stage productions, and in 2011 by launching the Ensemble Studio Competition, inviting the public to attend the singers' final auditions for the Ensemble Studio. 

Some of Mr. Neef’s accolades include having been appointed the first Artistic Director of Santa Fe Opera in 2018 as well being awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In July 2022, he was named Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Cercle de l'Union Interalliée

33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris

Members: 70€

Non-Members: 85€ 

Register Now!

Dress Code

The Cercle de l’Union Interalliée requires men to wear jacket and tie. 

Jeans and sports shoes are not permitted.

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