Chair of the Board – Alex Reedijk
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 that he was Executive Director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.
Having worked for many opera companies and festivals across the world, including Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and the original Garsington Opera, he became New Zealand 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.
Over his 13 years at Scottish Opera the company has flourished, bringing opera performances to over 45 communities across Scotland every year. There has also been an array of new initiatives for young people, and for people living with Dementia, including the world’s first Dementia-Friendly opera performances in 2016. He has also worked closely in partnership with Music Director Stuart Stratford to sustain and develop a very strong commitment to both 20th century opera and new commissions.
In November 2011, Alex was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alex is currently Vice Chairman of the Citizens Theatre, and Chairman of the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.