Alexander Dobson made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Schaunard in our 2002 production of La Bohème, and returned as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia (2006). He performed Marcello in POV's 2011 production of La Bohème, a role he had previously sung with both Saskatoon Opera and BRAVO's TV rendition of La Bohème. In 2015 he returns as Montano in Verdi's Otello.
British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson is renowned on opera and concert stages for his artistry. His portrayal of Wozzeck, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Thé‚tre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal, was praised by Journal Voir as a ďgripping embodiment of Wozzeck.Ē
Alexander has sung the title role in Don Giovanni with Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal, as well as Masetto in the same work with Calgary Opera, Guillaume in the French version of Così fan tutte with Opera Lafayette, The Count in The Marriage of Figaro with Against the Grain, Silvio in Pagliacci for LíOpéra de Québec, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for Opéra de Montréal and Opera Ontario, Harlequin in Calgary Operaís Ariadne auf Naxos, Sonora in La fanciulla del West with Opéra de Montréal, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Theatre of Early Music, De Retz in Bard Summerscapeís Les Huguenots, and Moralès in Carmen with Opera Pacific (Costa Mesa). Alexander made his London debut at the Linbury Theatre with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the première of The Midnight Court by Ana Sokolovic. Other recent performances of contemporary works include Maximilian in Bernsteinís Candide with Calgary Opera, and The Pilot in Soundstreamsí production of Airline Icarus, a new opera by Brian Current.
On the concert stage, Alexander has appeared with Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) for Mahlerís Songs of a Wayfayer, as Christus in Bachís St. Matthew Passion, and in Mahlerís Symphony No. 8 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the combined National Arts Centre Orchestra and the OM. Other performances include Mozartís Mass in C minor with the St. Lawrence Choir, Torontoís Aldeburgh Connection, the Vancouver New Music Festival, and Montréalís Theater of Early Music; Handelís Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra London, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Elmer Isler Singers, Boris Brott Festival and Spiritus Chamber Choir; and Fauréís Requiem with the Windsor Symphony.
Mr. Dobson is also a dedicated recital artist. Derek Holman composed the song cycle Daybreak and a Candle End especially for Alexander and the Talisker Players. Mr. Dobson has also performed Dichterliebe with the Talisker Players Chamber Music and Coleman Lemieux Dance Company, and Schubertís Winterreise to great acclaim in Montréal, Victoria, England, Paris, and, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano, in Toronto.
Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours.† He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L'Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal.† Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.†
An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander's solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber's Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler.
AUDIO and VIDEO: Alexander Dobson performs selections by Brian Current, Handel, Brahms, Schumann, and Leoncavallo.
Alexander Dobson ... was a dashing and charismatic Marcello. His rich baritone made him a perfect match with Marianne Fiset's Musetta.
John Jane, Review Vancouver, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's La bohème, 2011
Dobson, one of the most impressive Canadian baritones of this generation, is a wonderful actor and has a beautiful, rich and commanding voice, that is also as smooth as silk.
Opera Canada Ė Paula Citron
When baritone Dobson enters in character, the stage is his. Marvelous presence and than he opens his mouth and this powerful, ringing baritone takes command of the ear and the performance is mesmerizing.
The RecordĖ Harry Currie