With worldwide operatic engagements and acclaimed performances in musical theatre, Australian tenor Alexander Lewis is forging a unique career as a “cross-over” artist. Of his performance in The Bartered Bride, Opera News hailed “Lewis stole every scene, slicing crisply through the action in a trim little suit and spectacles and cavorting as if her were a singing, dancing Harold Loyd.” He recently completed The Metropolitan Opera‘s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Highlights of his time there include Ferrando in The Met-Juilliard production of Così fan tutte, conducted by Alan Gilbert, Vašek in The Met-Juilliard production of The Bartered Bride under the baton of Maestro James Levine, and Borsa in The Met’s new contemporary Rat Pack-inspired setting of Rigoletto.
This season, he makes his European début with Komische Oper Berlin in the title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann, débuts at Houston Grand Opera as Enoch Snow in Carousel, and sings the tenor solo in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Omaha Symphony. In recent seasons, he sang the title role in The Nose, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, and was engaged in productions of The Death of Klinghoffer and Die Fledermaus at The Metropolitan Opera; Flask in Moby Dick for his début with Washington National Opera; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the West Australian Opera Company in Perth; Gerhard in The New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial Festival in HK Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig Tale; and sang the role of John Wormley in the world première of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, inspired by Walt Whitman’s journals. He also sang a series of recitals and concerts throughout his home country of Australia.
He recently completed The Metropolitan Opera‘s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Highlights of his time there include Ferrando in The Met-Juilliard production of Così fan tutte, conducted by Alan Gilbert, Vašek in The Met-Juilliard production of The Bartered Bride under the baton of Maestro James Levine, and Borsa in The Met’s new contemporary Rat Pack-inspired setting of Rigoletto.
He was praised for his performance as George in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George for the Victorian Opera Company in Melbourne. “Alexander Lewis as the artist Georges Seurat brings a humanity, vulnerability and anguish to the role, as well as a flawless operatic tenor voice.” (TheatrePress Australia) Other musical appearances have included Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Opera Australia, Frederick Barret in Titanic with Seabiscuit Productions, and Raoul and The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera with The Really Useful Group.
His concert highlights include The Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings at The Bangalow Music Festival 2013, the Petite Messe Solenelle with The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Met’s 2012 Summer Recital series, the 2012 Manchester Music Festival and the role of Poisson in The Opera Orchestra of New York’s performance of Adriana Lecouvreur in Carnegie Hall.
He is a graduate of The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ acclaimed Music Theatre Program and the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco where he performed Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.