Alexander Dobson THE PENCIL SALESMAN
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 Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal, was praised by Journal Voir as a “gripping embodiment of Wozzeck.”
Alexander has sung the title role in Don Giovanni with Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, 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, “Marcello” in La Bohème with Saskatoon Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, and on television in BRAVO’s StreetScenes adaptation, “Silvio” in Pagliacci for L’Opéra de Québec, “Mercutio” in Roméo et Juliette for L’Opera de Montréal and Opera Ontario, “Harlequin” in Calgary Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos, “Sonora” in La fanciulla del West with L’Opera de Montreal, “Aeneas” in Dido and Aeneas with Theatre of Early Music, “De Retz” in Bard Summerscape’s Les Huguenots, and “Moralès” in Opera Pacific’s Carmen. Alexander made his London debut at the Linbury Theatre with Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the premiere of The Midnight Court by Ana Sokolovic. Other recent performances of contemporary works include “Maximilian” in Bernstein’s Candide with Calgary Opera, and “The Pilot” in Soundstreams’ production of Airline Icarus, a new opera by Brian Current.
On the concert stage, Alexander has appeared with Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) for Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer, as “Christus” in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the combined National Arts Centre Orchestra and the OM. Other performances include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the St. Lawrence Choir, Toronto’s Aldeburgh Connection, the Vancouver New Music Festival, and with Montréal’s Theater of Early Music; Handel’s Messiah with Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra London, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Elmer Isler Singers, Boris Brott Festival and Spiritus Chamber Choir; and Faure’s 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 Talisker Players Chamber Music and Coleman Lemieux Dance Company, and Schubert’s Winterreise to great acclaim in Montréal, Victoria, England, Paris, and, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano, in Toronto