From: Florence, South Carolina. LA Opera: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (2022, debut).
Baritone Alexander Birch Elliott continues to garner praise for his “heated intensity and beguiling timbre of mahogany” (New York Times). His 2021/22 season begins with his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème, followed by performances as the title role in Euguene Onegin at Opera Omaha. In the 2020/21 season he was seen as Marcello in La Bohème for his debut at San Diego Opera; Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara; and his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades as well as the role of Momus in Platée. The same season he was scheduled to perform the role of Jan in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves with both LA Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
Recent seasons have seen major debuts for Alexander, including at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera singing the role of Zurga in The Pearl Fishers. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra for Elgar’s The Kingdom, as well as with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival as Lucifer in Rev 23, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Daniela Candillari. He recently returned to Tulsa Opera for performances of Carmen, as well as to the Pittsburgh Symphony for Fidelio.
Alexander made two significant festival debuts in the summer of 2018, both in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. He appeared with the Ravinia Festival in June under the baton of Marin Alsop as a Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass, followed by performances of Maximilian, the Sea Captain, and the Grand Inquisitor in Candide at the Tanglewood Festival. Recent operatic appearances include as Sonora in The Girl of the Golden West in his debut with New York City Opera; Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Opera Santa Barbara; Anthony in Sweeney Todd and the title role of Eugene Onegin with Portland Opera; and as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Omaha. A proponent of contemporary works, he appeared as John Brooke in Little Women with Madison Opera and Annapolis Opera; Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players with the Florida State Opera; Opera Omaha for his role debut as Silvio in Pagliacci; and in the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot’s Everest at The Dallas Opera. A frequent performer on concert stages around the United States, Alexander makes his debut with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, in addition to returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in performances as Brander in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Bruckner’s Te Deum.
On the concert stage Alexander has appeared with The Knights for Master Peter’s Puppet Show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Marcello in La Bohème and Escamillo in Carmen with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Marcello with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Papageno in The Magic Flute with the Orlando Philharmonic; Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and in a concert of operatic and holiday duets with acclaimed soprano Leona Mitchell under the auspices of the Tulsa Opera.
As a young artist with Portland Opera he performed the roles of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Sam in Pirates of Penzance. Other young artist performances include The Barber of Seville as Figaro and Rorem’s Our Town as Frank at Central City Opera, as well as the Captain in Eugene Onegin and Périchaud in La Rondine at Des Moines Metro Opera. In the 2013-14 season Alexander made his principal artist debut as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Tulsa Opera, having previously sung the roles of the Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment and the Postman in Loesser’s Most Happy Fella as a 2012/13 studio artist.
Alexander is a graduate of the prestigious Merola program at the San Francisco Opera, and is the recipient of the 2013 John Moriarty Award for his outstanding contribution to Central City Opera.
Alexander attended Florida State University where he studied with David Okerlund.