Alexander Dobson

Alexander Dobson, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Marcello in La Bohème

February, 2011

Alexander Dobson made his POV Debut as Schaunard in our 2002 production of La Bohème, and returned as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia (2006). He performs Marcello in POV's 2011 production of La Bohème, a role he has previously sung with both Saskatoon Opera and BRAVO's TV rendition of La Bohème.

British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musical and dramatic artistry on both opera and concert stages.  Recent highlights include his portrayal of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal for which he was lauded for his gripping embodiment of Wozzeck (Journal Voir).  Other roles of note include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) and Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), all with Opéra de Montréal, and the title role in Don Giovanni with l'Orchestre Métropolitain.

Recent operatic performances include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Hamilton, Silvio in Opera Québec's Pagliacci, Schaunard in La Bohème with Vancouver Opera and Opéra de Québec, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for Opera de Montréal and also for Opera Ontario, Sonora in La fancuilla del West with Opera de Montréal, De Retz in Bard Summerscape's production of Les Huguenots, and his American debut with Opera Pacific (Costa Mesa) in their production of Carmen. Alexander made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in The Midnight Court by Ana Sokolovic which premiered at the Linbury Theater in July 2006. 

A dedicated concert and recital artist, Alexander has appeared with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain for Mahler's Songs of a Wayfayer, the Boris Brott Festival for Mahler 8, Symphony of a Thousand, Toronto's Aldeburgh Connection, the Vancouver New Music Festival, and with Montréal's Theater of Early Music.  He has sung Schubert's Winterreise in Montréal, Victoria, England, Paris, and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano, in Toronto, to great acclaim. Alexander sang   Handel's Messiah with Orchestra London, Elmer Isler Singers, and the Brott Festival.  He has been heard frequently on CBC Radio Canada in recital and concert, and was seen on television as Marcello in BRAVO's StreetScenes version of La Bohème. He also premiered a new song cycle by Derek Holman, written especially for Alexander and the Talisker Players.

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.

Dobson was a particular standout in the production [as Marcello], his emotive voice paired with a charisma that illicits a fond affection for the playful rogue he portrays.
The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon, 2009

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 – 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 Record– Harry Currie

Alexander Dobson and Semiahmoo String perform I bought me a cat on May 9, 2008 at White Rock, BC.


March 2010