Sydney tenor Alexander Young holds a Bachelor of Classical Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is currently undergoing his Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance) under the tutelage of Maree Ryan AM. Alexander is very grateful to be the recipient of a number of scholarships, including the ‘Patricia Bell Grant’ and ‘PaHm Fund’ Scholarships, the ‘John Holt Todd and Florence Todd Scholarship’, and most recently the ‘John Luscombe Scholarship for Vocal Studies’. Alexander has been very successful in Eisteddfods, including being a finalist in the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship in both 2017 and 2018, and achieving wins in the Sydney Eisteddfod for Lieder, Aria and Oratorio. Alexander was also a finalist for the Demant Dreikurs Song CompeHHon in 2020, and won the Ryde Eisteddfod Rising Opera Star Award in 2017.
Alexander made his operaHc debut in 2017 in Cavalli’s La Calisto produced by the Conservatorium Opera School, directed by Opera Australia Director Elsie Edgerton-Till, and conducted by Dr Stephen Mould. The following year, he completed his chorus role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Dr Stephen Mould and directed by Opera Australia Senior Director MaZhew Barclay. In December of 2021, Alexander performed the role of Francis Flute (Thisbe) in Benjamin BriZen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a coproducHon between the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School and NIDA under the directorship of Kate Gaul. The same year, Alexander performed as Bastien in Bas:en und Bas:enne by Mozart, produced by Concordia Ensemble. In 2022, Alexander performed as Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with The CooperaHve, conducted by Joanna DrimaHs and directed by Rebecca Moret. He also created the Htle role of Percy Grainger in the opera Percy, a new Australian composiHon by John MaZhews and Margery Smith, produced by the Sydney Conservatorium under the direcHon of Dr Anke Höppner-Ryan and Barry Ryan OAM. Later this year, Alexander is scheduled to return with The CooperaHve to perform the role of Beppe in Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, and will also be performing the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School.
Alexander has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to perform as a choral soloist in performances across Australia. In December of 2018, Alexander made his Tasmanian debut as tenor soloist in Messe de minuit pour Noël by CharpenHer with the Argyle Orchestra, conducted by Simon Reade. Alexander has also featured as the tenor soloist in Handel’s The Messiah with the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Ecumenical Choir conducted by Philip Linquist in both 2018 and 2019, as well as being the tenor soloist for Handel’s Dixit Dominus, performed with the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble. In 2020, Alexander performed as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV166 with the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, conducted by Paul Stanhope. Alexander performed again with the Early Music Ensemble in 2021 in a concert of Handel operaHc repertoire, conducted by Erin Helyard, and with the SUSO Ensemble in a gala concert of opera repertoire conducted by Dr Stephen Mould. Most recently, Alexander performed as the tenor soloist in the John Stainer Crucifixion, with the St Paul’s Choir conducted by Jack Stephens. Later this year, Alexander will be performing as the tenor soloist in the presHgious Town Hall Messiah, in Sydney.
Alexander is thrilled and delighted to be returning to the country of his birth to perform as Don OZavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Prague Summer Nights FesHval, in the very theatre in which this landmark opera was premiered in 1787.