Alexander Gedeon is a stage director, songwriter and performer working primarily in the field of contemporary opera, born and based in Los Angeles. His creative work has spanned the divide from pop to classical and has been acclaimed as “provocative, visually stunning” and “a perfect, experimental approach to opera.” Before pivoting to opera, Alexander led the New York punk-funk trio Trick & the Heartstrings, for which he composed music and created a live show the London NME called “a supertight howl of righteous rhythm and blues with jaw-dropping pop twists.” The band signed to 679 Records and was produced by Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + the Machine). After relocating to LA, Alexander led the six-piece choregraphed disco ensemble Yellow Alex, garnering consistent radio airplay on LA’s KCRW and placements on ABC-TV and the iTunes Worldwide playlist. Recent directorial credits include: Everything Rises with Davóne Tines and Jennifer Koh (Royce Hall/Center for New Performance); Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage (REDCAT); Sanctuaries (Memorial Coliseum, Portland); La tragèdie de Carmen (San Diego Opera); poetry recitation with Grammy-winners Billy Childs, Diane Reeves and the Lyris Quartet (Ford Theater). Upcoming in 2023: pantomiming with Anthony Roth Costanzo in Comet/Poppea (Spoleto); associate directing Proximity (Lyric Opera of Chicago) by Daniel Bernard Romaine and Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Yuval Sharon; the east coast premiere of Everything Rises (Brooklyn Academy of Music), followed by a national tour in 2023. As associate director, credits include: Europeras 1 & 2 (LA Philharmonic), anatomy theater (LA Opera), the Pulitzer Prize winning premiere of The Central Park Five and Les enfants terribles (Long Beach Opera). Alexander is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.