2015–16 Season: David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Alek Shrader made his San Francisco Opera debut as Victorin in 2008’s Die Tote Stadt and returned as Nemorino in both The Elixir of Love and The Elixir of Love for Families as well as Tamino (The Magic Flute); Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia); and Emilio (Partenope). Recent engagements include Count Almaviva at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Dallas Opera; Tamino, Count Almaviva, and Ferdinand (Adès’s The Tempest) at the Metropolitan Opera; Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at Santa Fe Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival; Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Hamburg State Opera; Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in Los Angeles; Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) with Lille Opera; Tamino at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Albert Herring with Los Angeles Opera and the Santa Fe Opera; as well as Oronte (Alcina), Tamino, and Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri) at Bordeaux Opera. Other recent and upcoming appearances include Camille de Rosillon (Die Lustige Witwe) at the Met, Count Almaviva in Toronto, Jupiter and Apollo (Semele) with Seattle Opera, and Tonio (La Fille du Régiment) in Santa Fe. An alumnus of the Merola Opera Program and Music Academy of the West, Shrader is a 2007 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he received a 2007 Sarah Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation.