Alek Shrader

— Tenor

"Shrader, with his matinee-idol good looks, had the most challenging music to sing and he negotiated the long, florid vocal lines with disarming ease, agility and a sweet, open sound. He has rapidly become one of the best of today's Rossini tenors. He was, in addition, very funny in the count's disguises as a tipsy soldier and a smarmy music master. Given how much demanding music Shrader had to sing all evening, one could only marvel at how well he nailed the count's long, difficult showpiece, "Cessa di piu resistere," often omitted because it delays the happily-ever-after ending."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, February 2014, Lyric Opera of Chicago

"Alek Shrader, whose charming and rather imprudent Ferrando nicely blended a decent measure of boyish punch with finely-spun lyricism. "
Moore Parker, The Opera Critic, August 2011 Salzburg Festival

“Playing against type, Shrader was completely believable as the bespectacled nebbish Albert, with his Clark-Kent look, and awkward physical movements. Shrader possesses a youthful vibrant tenor and brought superb vocalism to his big moments, as with Albert’s pre-spree drunken soliloquy. In a difficult balancing act, Shrader managed to make Albert amusing, touching and loveable at the same time, while dexterously avoiding caricature."
Lawrence A. Johnson, Classical Review August 2010 Santa Fe Opera


The brilliant lyric tenor Alek Shrader continues to impress audiences with the “luxury of his phrasing, the clarity of his diction and the sensitivity and expressiveness of his characterizations.”

Alek Shrader’s 2018-19 season includes appearances as Tony in West Side Story at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Antonio Pappano and at the Edinburgh Festival with John Eliot Gardiner. He will also perform the title role in La Clemenza di Tito with Opera Oviedo and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Michigan Opera Theatre. He will open his 2019-20 . . .

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