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Canadian tenor ALAN WOODROW (Tristan) studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the London Opera Centre, where he was sponsored by the English National Opera. On completing these studies he joined ENO as a principal tenor and quickly developed into the dramatic fach. It is in this repertoire that he has emerged at an international level.
The acclaim he generated in Martin°u's Greek Passion at the Edinburgh Festival brought him to the attention of major European houses. A role debut as Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) followed at the Bastille, La Scala, and Oper Frankfurt, as well as debuts as the Drum Major in Wozzeck for Opera North, Pinkerton in Essen, and Florestan for Opera Omaha. Woodrow retains a highly productive relationship with the English National Opera, where he has sung the Prince (Love for Three Oranges), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Bacchus, Drum Major, and Andrei (Khovanshchina). He sang Der Kaiser (Die Frau ohne Schatten) at the Basel Opera, Prince (Love for Three Oranges) in Tel Aviv, and Ladislaw (The Two Widows) at the Guelph Spring Festival.
More recent projects have included Der Kaiser at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona; Bacchus at the Teatro San Carlo Napoli; Aegisth at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Herod for Scottish Opera; and his first Siegfried at the Tiroler Festspiele. He repeated the role of Siegfried in the Seattle Opera Ring cycle, where he also sang the Prince (Rusalka), and made role debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Rienzi, the Canadian Opera Company as Clemente (Venus and Adonis), and the New National Theatre Tokyo as Siegmund (Die Walküre).
Woodrow's French debut was as Siegfried in the new Ring cycle at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, a role he has repeated for the National Irish Youth Orchestra, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Opéra Royal de la Wallonie Liège, the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, the Festival Amazonas in Manaus, and the Teatro Real Madrid. Engagements this and last season include Bacchus for the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Siegmund for the Opéra de Rouen, Aegisth for the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Herod for the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Guido Bardi (A Florentine Tragedy) for La Scala. He returned to the Teatro Bellini di Catania in the title role of Strauss' Guntram and will make his role debut as Tristan (Tristan and Isolde) at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, and for the West Australian Opera. He returns to the Opéra Royal de la Wallonie Liège and to the Seattle Opera for the Ring cycle and as Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and will sing Siegfried with the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Staatstheater Nürnberg, and the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan. He will sing Tristan in the Peter Sellars production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles and New York.