Baritone Alexander Elliott began his 2017-18 season debuting as Sonora in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera. The New York Observer said “The biggest standout of all was Alexander Birch Elliott…his rich and flexible baritone felt like a luxury in the role, ranging from mellow smoothness to electric energy in moments of urgency.” Following his “noble” presentation as John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women last season, he reprised the role in November with Annapolis Opera. On the concert stage, he returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for performances of Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah under Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Alexander revisits two additional roles in 2018 – with Opera Santa Barbara as the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia, where Broadway World noted “…baritone Alexander Elliott, the Figaro, sang his “Largo al Factotum” with whirlwind patter and skillfully colored phrases. His tones were as emotionally stirring as they were powerful. Elliott is an excellent comedian with the kind of instinctive timing that assures laughs throughout the hall”, followed by a return to the Orlando Philharmonic for Master Peter’s Puppet Show.
His 2016-17 season began as the baritone soloist with The Knights for Master Peter’s Puppet Show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, followed by an exclusive concert of operatic and holiday duets with acclaimed soprano Leona Mitchell. He made house and role debuts as Gulgielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Omaha, and as Edward Kynaston in Florida State Opera’s production of Prince of Players. Alex also debuted at The Dallas Opera, covering the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot’s Everest under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume.
Alex has performed the role of Marcello in La Bòheme with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Ward Stare, and Tulsa Opera. Other recent engagements include John Brooke in Little Women with Madison Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Orlando Philharmonic, and Portland Opera’s 2016 festival season as Anthony in Sweeney Todd as well as the title role in Eugene Onegin. He appeared in concert with Opera Louisiane for a special Valentine’s Day concert followed by his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Pilatus in Bach’s St. John Passion.
As a young artist with Portland Opera he sang Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Sam in Pirates of Penzance. Other young artist programs include Il barbiere di Siviglia as Figaro and Frank in Rorem’s Our Town at Central City Opera, covering the title role and singing the Captain in Eugene Onegin as well as Périchaud in La Rondine at Des Moines Metro Opera. Alex was a participant in the prestigious Merola program at San Francisco Opera.
In 2013-14 Alexander made his principal artist debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Tulsa Opera having sung the Corporal in La Fille du Régiment and the Postman in Loesser’s Most Happy Fella as a 2012-13 studio artist. He was the recipient of the 2013 John Moriarty Award for his outstanding contribution to Central City Opera. Alexander attended Florida State University where he studied with David Okerlund.
Upcoming: Fauré’s Requiem and Dvorák’s Te Deum with the Masterworks Chorale of Florence, South Carolina; Escamillo in Carmen with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Maximillian in Candide at the Tanglewood Festival with The Knights, a return to Omaha Opera as Silvio in Pagliacci, his Metropolitan Opera debut covering Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Pêrles, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at Virginia Opera, Hannah before in As One with Portland Opera and Bruckner’s Te Deum and Bach’s Cantata 150 with the Indianapolis Symphony.