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.” Last season at The Metropolitan Opera, he sang the title role in The Nose and covered Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Other recent engagements include Flask in Moby Dick for his début with Washington National Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the West Australian Opera Company in Perth, and Gerhard in The New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial Festival in HK Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig Tale.
|On the town||Gabey, Ozzie|
|Bizet||Les pêcheurs de perles||Nadir|
|Britten||Albert Herring||Title role|
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Lysander|
|The Rape of Lucretia||Male Chorus|
|The Turn of the Screw||Peter Quint|
|Gounod||Roméo et Juliette||Tybalt|
|Gruber||Gloria: A Pig Tale||Gerhard|
|Káťa Kabanová||Váňa Kudrjaš|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte||Ferrando|
|Don Giovanni||Don Ottavio|
|Die Entführung aus dem Serail||Belmonte|
|Shostakovich||The Nose||Title role|
|Smetana||The Bartered Bride||Vašek|
|Sondheim||Sunday in the Park with George||George|
|Sweeney Todd||Anthony Hope, Pirelli|
|Strauss, J.||Die Fledermaus||Alfred|
|Stravinsky||The Rake’s Progress||Tom Rakewell|
|Weill||Street Scene||Sam Kaplan|
|The Threepenny Opera||Macheath, Filch|
|Mass in B Minor|
|St. John Passion|
|St. Matthew Passion|
|Beethoven||Mass in C Major|
|Berlioz||L’enfance du Christ|
|Britten||Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings|
|Händel||Israel in Egypt|
|Haydn||Lord Nelson Mass|
|Mozart||Mass in C Minor|
|Rossini||Petite messe solennelle|
|Vaughan Williams||Four Hymns|
|On Wenlock Edge|
Last season at The Metropolitan Opera, he sang the title role in The Nose, and covered Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Other recent engagements include Flask in Moby Dick for his début with Washington National Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the West Australian Opera Company in Perth, and Gerhard in The New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial Festival in HK Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig Tale. He also sang a series of recitals and concerts throughout his home country of Australia. This season, Mr. Lewis returns to The Met as St. Brioche in The Merry Widow and for The Death of Klinghoffer, and will sing the role of John Wormley in the world première of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, inspired by Walt Whitman’s journals. He will make his European début with Komische Oper Berlin in 2015.
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 inThe 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.
In 2013, 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 Poissonin 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.