American tenor Alek Shrader has developed an outstanding reputation both for his beautiful lyric vocalism and his expressive characterizations.
He has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Canadian Opera Company, Opera de Oviedo, Bayersische Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opera de Lille, Opera National de Bordeaux, Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals. His many roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Belmonte in Die Entführungaus dem Serail, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Tonio in La Fille du Regiment, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Oronte in Alcina, Jupiter & Apollo in Semele, Emilio in Partenope, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Camille in The Merry Widow, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, the title roles in Candide and Albert Herring, Tony in West Side Story, and Ferdinand in Ades‘ The Tempest.
As a concert singer, Mr. Shrader has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Also an avid recitalist, Mr. Shrader has been presented by Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, Oberlin College, and at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Mr. Shrader has recently ventured into the world of stage directing, making his directorial debut with a production of Dido & Aeneas as part of the Green-wood Cemetery’s acclaimed performance series “Concerts in the Catacombs”. He also co-wrote and co-directed Mercy, a film based on Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito which will be released by the Curtis Institute of Music in the fall of 2021. He also recently partnered with the Arizona Opera to create a graphic novel of Carmen.
This season, Mr. Shrader returns to Opera Philadelphia as Iago in Rossini’s Otello and sings Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Shrader was a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the recipient of a Sarah Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. He is also an alumna of the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship Program. During the 20/21 season, Mr. Shrader will be a member of the Atlanta Opera’s Company players where he will be appear in various opera productions, concerts, and educational outreach events.