A Flowering Tree represents James Alexander’s sixth collaboration with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous stagings with the orchestra include Madama Butterfly, La Bohéme, Stravinsky’s Nightingale, Bernstein 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 been 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 the Olivier Award-winning production of Carmen Jones at London’s Old Vic Theatre.
In the USA, Mr Alexander has been a long time collaborator with 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. More recently, he collaborated with conductor Sir Roger Norrington on a highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Cincinnati Opera, where the staging was hailed by Opera News as, “a perfect combination of tastefulness and humor”.
Summer 2012 will see Mr Alexander mount a 4 concert Stokowski Celebration with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and stage a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Aspen Music Festival, for which he has written new dialogue.
In early 2012 Mr Alexander became Creative Director for Symphony 5.0, a production company realizing revolutionary presentations with Symphony Orchestras using pioneering lighting and sound technology.