ALEXANDER BIRCH ELLIOTT

Baritone

 

Alexander Birch Elliott’s 2015-16 season began as Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème with Tulsa Opera. He sang John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women with the Madison Opera, followed by his debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Orlando Philharmonic in April. Portland Opera welcomed him back for their 2016 inaugural festival season as Anthony in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. He appeared in concert with Opera Louisiane for a special Valentine's Day concert in February, followed by his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Pilatus in Bach’s St. John Passion under Maestro Manfred Honeck.

 

In 2016 Alexander debuted with The Knights as the soloist for Master Peter's Puppet Show. He returned to Tulsa Opera for an exclusive concert of operatic duets with acclaimed soprano Leona Mitchell, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony under Eric Jacobsen for Marcello in La Bohème. Alexander added both a house and role debut as Gulgielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Omaha, and debuted the role of Edward Kynaston in Florida State Opera's production of Prince of Players in March, 2017, working closely with composer Carlisle Floyd.  In May 2017 he reprised the Puccini role with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ward Stare and made his Dallas Opera debut covering the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot’s Everest. Alexander enjoyed critical successs Sonora in La Fanciulla del West with NYCO where the New York Classical Review noted ““The biggest standout of all was Alexander Birch Elliott as a conflicted, somewhat hot-headed, and ultimately decent-hearted Sonora. His rich and flexible baritone felt like a luxury in the role, ranging from mellow smoothness to electric energy in moments of urgency.”  Upcoming:  John Brooks in Little Women with Annapolis Opera, Haydn’s Creation with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Indiapolis Symphony, Figaro in Il Barbieri di Siviglia with Opera Santa Barbara, a return engagement with The Knights and Orlando Philharmonic, and Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Omaha.

 

Portland Opera young artist roles include Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Sam in Pirates of Penzance. With Central City Opera he sang performances as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Frank in Rorem’s Our Town; For Des Moines Metro Opera he covered the title role and sang the Captain in Eugene Onegin as well as Périchaud in La Rondine, and for San Francisco Opera's Merola program Alexander covered the title role of Don Giovanni. He premiered at the Tulsa Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in 2013, also singing the Corporal in La Fille du Régiment and the Postman in Loesser’s Most Happy Fella as a studio artist. An active concert performer, Alexander

 

Alexander was the bass soloist with the Florence Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem in 2013 and with the Pensacola Symphony singing Handel’s Messiah in 2009. He sang Vaughan Williams' Hodie with the Tulsa Oratorio Society in 2012, and Five Mystical Songs with the Albany Chorale in 2009. In 2013 Alexander received the John Moriarty Award for his outstanding contribution to Central City Opera. He trained at Florida State University as a student of David Okerlund.