2019–20 Season: Emilio, Partenope
Alek Shrader made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2008 as Victoren in Die Tote Stadt. The then-Adler Fellow quickly added Arbace in Idomeneo, and Nemorino in both L’Elisir d’Amore and The Elixir of Love for Families to his War Memorial Opera House credits. In subsequent engagements, he has taken on Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Emilio in Partenope, and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The American tenor’s recent credits include the title role in La Clemenza di Tito at Opera de Oviedo, Almaviva with Michigan Opera Theatre, Tony in West Side Story with Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the title role of Candide with Santa Fe Opera and Washington National Opera, Benedict in Beatrice et Benedict at Seattle Opera, and Oronte in Alcina with Santa Fe Opera. Career highlights also include Almaviva with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Dallas Opera; Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the festivals in Santa Fe and Glyndebourne; Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Hamburg State Opera, the title role of Albert Herring with Los Angeles Opera, and Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeria at Bordeaux Opera. An alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, Shrader is a 2007 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recipient of the Sarah Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Future projects include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Opera Philadelphia.