James Alexander

Stage Director

ASO

Creation/Creator Oratorio represents James Alexander’s seventh collaboration with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous Theater Of A Concert presentations with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra include, A Flowering Tree, Madama ButterflyLa Bohéme, Stravinsky’s NightingaleBernstein on Broadway, and Dr. Atomic.

Mr. Alexander has had an extensive career in the performing arts, where amongst other things he founded a music theatre company in his native Scotland, managed The Boston Pops on international tours and directed both plays and musicals in London’s West End.  Mr. Alexander has also served on the A&R team at The Decca Record Company, managed classical soloists and conductors and produced television and staged operas on three continents with a large number of prestigious companies, orchestras and conductors.

In Europe his productions and engagements range from staging The Flying Dutchman with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra to various productions with Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Gabrieli Consort & Players, (Venice & London), to serving as the Associate Director of the Olivier Award-winning Carmen Jones at London’s Old Vic Theatre. 

In the USA, Mr. Alexander has been a long time collaborator with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and The Boston Symphony, where he helped create stagings of Elektra, Salome, Pique Dame, Idomeneo and the 50th Anniversary production of Peter Grimes at Tanglewood.  At the Cincinnati Opera he collaborated with conductor Sir Roger Norrington on a highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, which was hailed by Opera News as, “a perfect combination of tastefulness and humor”.

In 2012 Mr. Alexander founded and became Creative Director for SymphonyV.0, a Georgia-based production company realizing revolutionary presentations for symphony orchestras and opera companies using pioneering lighting effects and sound technology. After launching SymphonyV.0 with The Atlanta Symphony’s production of A Flowering Tree, Mr. Alexander then created a 4-concert Stokowski Festival with The Philadelphia Orchestra under it’s Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin integrating 3D mapping, lighting and other technology inside Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Later that summer he created a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Aspen Music Festival, for which he wrote new dialogue.

This season, Mr. Alexander has scripted and directed The Academy Of Music’s 158th Anniversary Concert at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music uniting the acting talent of Al Pacino with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and at Easter he revived his universally acclaimed minimalist staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for The Philadelphia Orchestra, again under it’s Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

Future productions include Handel’s Messiah and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale.


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