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The brilliant lyric tenor ALEK SHRADER (Ferrando) continues to impress audiences with the “luxury of his phrasing, the clarity of his diction, and the sensitivity and expressiveness of his characterizations.”
Shrader’s 2013/14 season will feature one of the tenor’s signature roles, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, at the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Dallas Opera. Further opera engagements will include Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Santa Fe Opera. Shrader can also be heard as Ferdinand in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest for his San Francisco Symphony debut in the fall and as Ferrando in the Christopher Alden/Gustavo Dudamel Così fan tutte with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Alek Shrader began the 2012/13 season with two engagements at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He made his house debut as Ferdinand in Adès’ The Tempest, conducted by the composer himself, and returned to sing Almaviva in the English version of The Barber of Seville. He sang Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and then returned to the U.S. for a North American recital tour, including San Francisco Performances, Oberlin University, and his Carnegie Weill Hall debut. Baltimore audiences had the opportunity to hear Shrader in a gala performance of bel canto arias and ensembles in the spring. Later in the season, he was featured in an opera gala, sponsored by the San Antonio Opera. Shrader closed the season with the tenor solo in Mozart’s Requiem at the Cincinnati May Festival with James Conlon conducting, followed by his role debut as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Glyndebourne Festival.