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Alex Reedijk joined Scottish Opera as General Director in February 2006, following four years at the helm of the NBR New Zealand Opera. Prior to this post he was Executive Director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. His career includes extensive experience in production management for theatre, ballet festivals and opera. During the 1980s and 1990s he worked in the UK for several major arts festivals and opera companies, including Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland and Garsington Opera before returning to New Zealand in 1998.
Alex has also worked on a range of ‘handmade productions’, including several opera premières, and was involved in Creative New Zealand’s initiative to foster the growth of new New Zealand operatic work. In 1998 he became the Festival’s Deputy Executive Director, with particular responsibility for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which made its first highly successful visit out of Edinburgh to Wellington in 2000. He held this post until his appointment as Executive Director of the 2002 New Zealand Festival.
In November 2011, Alex was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.