The Portland Opera celebrates 50 years of bringing art and culture to the Rose City. For their 2014-15 season they'll be kicking things off with the same opera that started it all-- Die Fledermaus. Ian Jose Ramirez and Alexander Elliott, two of the Portland Opera's Resident Artists, joined AM Northwest to talk about why everyone needs to experience the opera.
News from the Metropolitan Opera: Alexander Elliott announced as winner of the Oregon District National Council Auditions
On October 12, 2014, Alexander Elliott was announced as one of three winners in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. Alexander will advance to the Northwest Regional competition in Seattle on February 15, 2015.
Alexander returns to Portland Opera for Die Fledermaus
Portland Opera presents Die Fledermaus November 7, 9, 13 and 15 at the Keller Auditorium.
In November Alexander can be seen playing the role of Frank in Portland Opera's production of Die Fledermaus. Check out this promotional video from Portland Opera for a brief synopsis of the show and a quick tour around Portland. For more information, click here.
Alexander brings "raw passion" to the Merola Grand Finale concert
Concluding his first summer with San Francisco Opera's Merola Young Artist Program, Alexander performed on the Merola Grand Finale Concert on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House on August 16th.
Of the performance, the San Francisco Classical Music Examiner writes, "On the more serious side the most effective scene was 'Decidi il mio destin', the love duet between Nedda (Maria Fasciano) and Silvio (Alexander Elliott) in the first act of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Those who saw the Schwabacher Summer Concert may recall the sparks set off by Fasciano and Elliott in their flesh-and-blood account of the scene from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in which Cio-Cio San scorns the suit of Prince Yamadori. Last night they converted that scene of rejection into one of the uninhibited raw passion of a forbidden encounter, once again bringing lightning bolts to their performance."
See photos of Tulsa Opera's recent production of Le nozze di Figaro, featuring Alexander as Il conte Almaviva