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Alexander Sprague (Tenor)

Born: England

The English tenor, Alexander Sprague, studied at The National Opera Studio and The Royal Academy of Music, London where he was supported by the Nicholas John Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and was the recipient of the Kohn Bach Foundation Scholarship. He is the winner of the Michael Oliver Prize of the London Händel Singing Competition and a former Britten Pears Foundation Scholarship recipient.

Alexander Sprague has worked with conductors Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ingo Metzmacher, Martyn Brabbins, John Wilson, Laurence Cummings, Christophe Rousset and directors Claus Guth, Richard Jones, John Copley and Alvis Hermanis.

Alexander Sprague has performed extensively on the concert and recital platform, appearances include Pastorein L'Orfeo with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, Leonard in The Yeoman of the Guard with Philharmonia Orchestra and John Wilson, La Resurrezione by George Frideric Handel with London Handel Players at the Wigmore Hall, G.F. Handel's Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) at Lincoln Cathedral, W.A. Mozart's Requiem at St Martin in the Fields, and with the Southern Sinfonia in Durham Cathedral. He has sung recitals at The Leeds Lieder Festival, London Handel Festival and Handel House. He is also a member of the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner).

Recent performances include Pastore and Apollo in Monteverdi's Orfeo at Royal Opera House, Gaston/Victorin in Die Tote Stadt at Angers Nantes Opera and Opéra national de Lorraine, Ywain in Birtwistle's Gawain at Salzburger Festspiele, Electrician in Adès' Powder Her Face at English National Opera, Jüngling in Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron at Welsh National Opera and on tour to the Royal Opera House, Pastore in Monteverdiís L'Orfeo at Opéra National de Lorraine, title role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at Opera North, Novice in B. Britten's Billy Budd at Göteborg Opera, Jonathan Dale in Kevin Put's Silent Night at Wexford Festival, Pliable and Superstition in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress at English National Opera, Lyngstrand in The Lady from the Sea at Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Festival, Agenore in W.A. Mozart's Il Re Pastore and Eurimedes in Georg Philipp Telemann's Orpheus at Classical Opera Company, and Male Chorus in B. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia British Youth Opera.

Alexander Sprague's current and future engagements include Gonzalve in L'Heure Espagnole at Angers Nantes Opera, Flute in B. Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Purcell's Fairy Queen at Oper Stuttgart (with Calixto Bieito and Christian Curnyn), Electrician in Adès' Powder Her Face in a new production at The Royal Danish Opera and in Carlos Wagner's ROH production at Opera Bilbao, Tamino in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Lichfield festival, a recital of English song with Iain Burnside at the Ludlow English song weekend and concerts include roles in Wagners Parsifal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Messiah for the London Handel Festival and the tenor arias in J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Source: Alexander Sprague Website
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Aryeh Oron (September 2015)

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