Opera on the River 2023 Headliner
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Lowell Park, Stillwater, MN
Alex McKissick (OOTR 2023)
Opera News has hailed American tenor, Alex McKissick, as possessing a “melting tone and poignant phrasing” and reviewed a recent performance saying his “soaring voice brought the evening to a sweeping conclusion.”
Mr. McKissick started off the 2023 season with an acclaimed role debut as Don Ottavio in North Carolina Opera's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. He can frequently be seen on tour with world famous trumpeter Chris Botti performing favorite selections of Sartori and Puccini. Alex will make another company debut this coming May with The Cleveland Orchestra as Joe in Puccini's La fanciulla del West under the baton of Maestro Franz Welser-Möst.
Highlights of his 2022 season include the world premiere of two Georgia Shreve oratorios, Lavinia and Anne Komnene, at Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Steven Mercurio, and a performance with Camerata Notturna of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Mr. McKissick has performed the title role in Roméo et Juliette with the Wolf Trap Opera, and sung regularly with the Washington National Opera in such roles as Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night, Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello, The Governor of Montevideo in Bernstein’s Candide, and the 1st Armored Guard in The Magic Flute.
Alex’s recording of Bernstein's Songfest, released on the Naxos label, was under consideration for a Grammy Award nomination and his CD Una notte a Napoli, recorded live at Switzerland’s Victoria Hall in Geneva, is available at select locations. Mr. McKissick is a 2018 Sullivan Foundation Career Grant Winner, a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner, a 2018 Operalia quarterfinalist, and a Toulmin Scholar. He received his Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. McKissick is an alumnus of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera.