Artistic Director & Chief Conductor, Australian World Orchestra
Alexander studied in Sydney and Munich and won 1st prize at the International Competition for Conductors in the Czech Republic in 1993. He later worked closely with Sir Charles Mackerras and Pierre Boulez and made his debut with Opera Australia in 1998 conducting Jenufa.
Operatic work has since included Madama Butterfly, Cosi fan tutte, Cunning Little Vixen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Australia), The Rape of Lucretia (ROH, Covent Garden), Die Zauberfloete (Glyndebourne Festival), Rigoletto and Makropulos Case (English National Opera), Cunning Little Vixen (Aix-en-Provence), From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera Company), Tales of Hoffmann (Royal Danish Opera), Bartered Bride (Royal Swedish Opera), Pique Dame (Komische Oper, Berlin), La Boheme (State Opera of South Australia), Bartok ballets (Opera du Rhin) as well as the premiere of Simon Holt’s Who put Bella in the Wych’elm for the Aldeburgh Festival and recently Nixon in China at the Châtelet in Paris.
He has performed regularly with the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, opening their 2003 ‘Friday Series’ in London and touring with them to China in 2003/4; and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with whom he made his BBC Proms and Berlin Festival debuts. He has also worked with the symphony orchestras through the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, Japan.