Alek Shrader

Alek Shrader

Vocalists — 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”.

Mr. Shrader’s 2015-2016 season begins with performances of Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Philadelphia, followed by a return to the San Francisco Opera to sing David in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Later in the season he will sing Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Baltimore Lyric Opera and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Pittsburgh Opera.
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