American bass Alex Rosen, a native of La Cañada, California, is quickly finding a home in the concert, operatic, and song repertoire. Recent engagements include Handel’s Semele with Opera Philadelphia, Haydn’s Creation with Orchestre National de Metz, and Bach’s St. John Passion with Les Arts Florissants and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of William Christie.
In the 19-20 season, he sang Caronte in a new production of Monteverdi’s L’orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera, directed by Monique Wagemakers. The piece incorporated ten singers and ten dancers into one ‘organism’, fully choreographed by Nanine Linning, and featured an art installation by Dutch artist collective Studio Drift. He has appeared as Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera under the direction of Gary Thor Wedow, and with Opera Columbus under the direction of Kelly Kuo.
In the 2022/23 season, Alex embarked on a tour of Ariodante with Il Pomo d’Oro before making his debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid, as Caronte in L’Orfeo. He made further appearances with the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Versailles as Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea, and later makes his debut with the Drottningholms Slottsteater in The Fairy Queen. Alex returns to the Basel Opera for Thomas Verstraeten’s staged production of The Creation, and appeared in concert with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Les Arts Florissants.
Alex also enjoys an ongoing collaboration with pianist Michał Biel, with whom he won 2nd prize in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Academy Competition. As laureates of the Royaumont Foundation’s Art Song Academy, they have given recitals in some of Europe’s most prominent art song venues.