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Alek Shrader

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Alek Shrader press reviews

“Alek Shrader has been creating great buzz in the opera world since his appearance last year in the Met’s documentary, The Audition. In a terrific Santa Fe debut, the handsome Cleveland native showed he is the genuine article.” “Playing against type, Shrader was completely believable as the bespectacled nebbish Albert, with his Clark-Kent look, and awkward physical movements. Shrader possesses a youthful vibrant tenor and brought superb vocalism to his big moments, as with Albert’s pre-spree drunken soliloquy. In a difficult balancing act, Shrader managed to make Albert amusing, touching and loveable at the same time, while dexterously avoiding caricature." —Lawrence A. Johnson, Classical Review August 2010

"Mr. Shrader sang a series of highly demanding bel canto arias, replete with ornate passagework, including ‘Ah! mes amis’ from La Fille du Regiment, with its nine high C’s. High C is Mr. Shrader’s money note, and the audience went wild after his full-voiced final one. Turning to show songs, Mr. Shrader sand a disarmingly sweet account of ‘Maria’ from West Side Story.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times – July 15, 2009

"Alek Shrader - a natural both as a prince and a comic - reveled alike in cantabile and coloratura, crowning his performance with an authoritative 'Cessa di più resistere." —Matthew Gurewitsch, Opernwelt, June 2009