“Alex Esposito – one of the most consistently impressive actors on the operatic stage today, with a bass-baritone to match.”
Italian Bass-baritone Alex Esposito is recognized as one of the most interesting artists of his generation. He has performed with many of the most prestigious opera companies around the world, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Torino, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra National de Paris; and the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, and Rossini Opera Festivals. He has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Kent Nagano, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Biondi, Riccardo Chailly, Michele Mariotti; and with such stage directors as Peter Mussbach, Claus Guth, Graham Vick, Damiano Michieletto, David Alden, Laurent Pelly, and Pierluigi Pizzi.
Some of Esposito’s most celebrated operatic roles include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Alidoro in Cenerentola, Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, Basilio in Il barbiere di Sivigliao, Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, Fernando Villabella in La Gazza Ladra, Faraone in Mosè in Egitto, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Méphistophélès in La damnation de Faust, Lindorf/Coppelius/Dapertutto/Mirakel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Méphistophélès in Faust.
Esposito recently made his role debuts of Don Quichotte at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Banco in Macbeth at the Macerata Festival. He also appeared as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni at Bayerische Staatsoper and as Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena at Opera di Roma.
This season, Esposito’s engagements include Selim in Il Turco in Italia at Teatro alla Scala, Assur in Semiramide at the Gran Theatre del Liceu, his role debut as Filippo II in Don Carlos and Mephistophelès in Faust at La Fenice, and Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and L’elisir d’amore at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Additionally, he will appear as Leporello in Don Giovanni on tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest and at Vienna’s Musikverein and also tours with MusicAesterna singing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Alex Esposito was awarded the 2006 Best Singer prize at the 2007 Franco Abbiati Awards granted by Italian music critics. He has also been awarded the 2016 Rossini d’Oro Prize for his successes in Pesaro.