Alex Richardson
Tenor
New England Second Place Winner, 2005

This fall Alex Richardson joins the Metropolitan Opera to cover Alwa in the new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu. Also on his operatic calendar, the title role in Werther with Martha Cardona Opera in Merkin Hall (NY and Tamino in a semi-staged presentation of Die Zauberflöte with the Orlando Philharmonic. Alex will also take part in the Beethoven Ninth with the Bridgeport Symphony (CT), a New Year’s Eve gala in Albuquerque with Opera Southwest, a program of Finnish and Swedish art songs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a concert of Jewish-related classical music in Great Barrington’s “Close Encounters with Music” series. In the 2014-2015 season, Alex appeared in the title role of Amleto (Hamlet) by Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito, first with Baltimore Concert Opera and then with Opera Southwest in Albuquerque; he was Tiriddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, reprised his recent BSO role of the Second Jew in Salome with Opera San Antonio, and joined Toledo Opera as Sam Polk in Susannah. The tenor also returned to the BSO as the tenor soloist in Szymanowski’s King Roger, visited to New York’s St. John the Divine for the Verdi “Requiem,” appeared as as tenor soloist in a concert of opera highlights with the Carolina Philharmonic, and in Stravinsky's Les Noces at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and joined the Golandsky Institute in concert for “Sounds of the Midnight Sun” at Princeton University.
  
Highlights of the 2013-2014 season for Alex were his Molqi in The Death Of Klinghoffer with Long Beach Opera (CA), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Dicapo Opera in Brookville, NY, and Váňa Kudrjáš in Káťa Kabanová in his Spoleto USA debut. Alex was also the tenor soloist in Louis Andriessen's minimalist opera De Materie with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” at Tanglewood. Alex also performed a concert of opera highlights with the Carolina Philharmonic (Pinehurst, NC), and appeared in Stravinsky's Les Noces at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.

Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Alex holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He participated in the Studio Program at Central City Opera and spent two seasons at both the Santa Fe Opera and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he took on the roles of Vogelgesang in Act III of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Fatty in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In Santa Fe Alex debuted the role of the Soldier Ruiz Alonzo in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar; later he appeared as the Bullfighter in that opera in his debut with the Atlanta Symphony, at the Ojai and Ravinia Festivals, and with the Chicago Symphony in another debut.

 

Alex’s other early appearances included Rodolfo with Bronx Opera, Camille in The Merry Widow and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera Southwest, Fenton in Falstaff and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Amarillo Opera and at the Princeton Festival, and Alfredo in La traviata, Vaudémont in Iolanta with Dicapo Opera, and the Duke in Rigoletto at the Festival Lyrique-en-mer/Festival de Belle-Île, France. More recently, Alex has appeared as Ernest in Don Pasquale and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Boston Midsummer Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Winter Opera St. Louis, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby with Emmanuel Music in Boston and at Tanglewood, the Steuermann in Der Fliegende Hollande in Princeton, Roméo in Roméo et Julietteat St. Petersburg Opera (FL), Rodolfo with Opera Western Reserve, and the Duke with Dicapo Opera.

 

Also an avid recitalist, as a roster member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Alex sang in the concert series On Wings of Song and completed residencies and recitals in towns throughout America under their auspices. His concert and oratorio repertoire includes Beethoven's Ninth, Mozart's “Requiem” and “Mass in C Minor,” Bach’s “Mass in b Minor” and the Evangelist in his “St. John Passion,” and Mahler's “Das Lied von der Erde.” Alex has also been honored by several competitions including the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Laureen Butler Competition of El Paso Opera, and has received the Richard Tucker Foundation grant at Santa Fe Opera.
 
You can read more on Mr. Richardson's personal website.

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