International award winning tenor Alexander Grove launched the Tenori in 2003 in Manchester, England. Born in London, his solo career currently spans 32 years and has taken him to all corners of the globe, including the USA, Japan and Brazil performing to audiences as varied as 35,000 a night arenas, to A-stage opera houses, to workshops with young children. Through extensive touring and performing, Alexander has established himself as one of the most versatile tenors to emerge from the UK in recent years. Described by the BBC as "England's Mario Lanza".
His career began at the age of 7 when he began his training as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, London under John Scott. He toured and performed as soloist extensively working with artists such as Sir George Solti, José Carreras and David Willcocks to name a few. He later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with Colin Iveson and Anthony Roden where he was supported by the Peter Moores Foundation and Mario Lanza Foundation. He studied further at Eton under Ralph Allwood; in Ferrandou, France under David Wilson Johnson; at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy with Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade and Corradina Caporello; in Switzerland with Nicolai Gedda; in Italy with Susanna Rigacci and in Sweden with tenor Sten Sjöstedt and Francesca Patané. He has also undertaken private study from eminent artists including Anne Howells, Geoffrey Shovelton, Nigel Douglas, Martin Isepp, Rafael Rojas, Joseph Ward, Sir Thomas Allen, David Lloyd-Jones, Bruno Rigacci, Robin Stapleton and Francesca Patané and received specialist coaching from artists such as Jean Mallandaine, Jim Holmes, Paul Griffiths, Chris Squires, Adele Leigh, John Cameron and Dale Fundling.
In competition, Alexander’s most recent win was as male winner of the Kiri Prize led by Kiri Te Kanawa. It was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and televised for the BBC Proms.
On the opera stage, Alexander has a broad operatic experience across a range of repertoire having performed around 55 roles to date covering baroque, buffo and lyric roles. He has been fortunate to receive consistent critical acclaim from the broadsheets and magazines since his professional debut as Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw which was described in Opera Magazine as a “triumph”. Recent engagements include Federico / Fritz L’Amico Fritz at Den Jyske Opera; Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Gothenburg Opera directed by David Radok and Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd opposite Peter Mattei, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig; the roles of Armed Man and Priester Die Zauberflöte under Daniel Harding at theLucerne Festival; Don Ramiro La Cenerentola for Stanley Hall Opera and Malmö Opera, which he later reprised under the baton of Pier Giorgio Morandi at theNational Finnish Opera. Also in Sweden he has taken the role of Magnus Gabriele in Foroni’s Cristina Regina di Svezia under Tobias Ringborg and Remendado and Gastone for Opera På Skäret under Marcello Mottadelli. In the UK, roles include Count Danilo The Merry Widow (“..the Danilo of one’s dreams” Opera Magazine), Pedrillo, Il Seraglio and Alfred Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera; Le Nos, Pytor and Yarishkin Le Nos at the Royal Opera House; Trio, Trouble In Tahiti (Bernstein) and Charlie, Mahagonny Songspeil (Weill) directed by John Fulljames for The Opera Group; Pierrot, Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Ullmann) under Edward Gardner and the Hallé Orchestra which he reprised for Upfront Opera; Lupo with Hans Werner Henze as conductor inPollicino; Bajazet, Tamerlano; Hippolyte, Hippolyte et Aricie and Telemachus Il Ritorno d’UIisse in Patria for Yorke Trust Opera; Count von Zedlau, Wiener Blut and Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera; Chinese Man, The Fairy Queen for Armonico Consort; Dottore, The Jewel Box (Mozart) for Bampton Classical Opera; Fenton, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor for Cumbria Opera; Mercury, Orpheus in the Underworld (BYO); Borsa Rigoletto for Mid Wales Opera; Remendado, Carmen for Stowe Opera; Ralph Rackstraw HMS Pinafore for Phoenix Opera; Colonel Fairfax Yeomen of the Guard; Rapunzel’s PrinceInto The Woods; Dr Caius Falstaff; Chekalinsky Pique Dame; Monsieur Taupe Capriccio; Oronte Alcina; Egisto L’Egisto and La Théière L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
As an English artist, Alexander has a very high level of musicianship, fast learning and sight-reading ability and dramatic interpretational skill, and as such is in demand from both conductors and directors as much for modern repertoire as anything else. This has led to the creation of 10 roles in world premiere British operas with leading composers and librettists. For Scottish Opera: Gesualdo collaborating with crime novelist Ian Rankin and composer Craig Armstrong;Dream Angus (Deazley) with novelist Alexander McCall Smith; Steve in Lyell Creswell’s and Ron Butlin’s Money Man; Ghost in Paul Mealor and Peter Stollery’s 74 Degrees North; Vitya, The Letter (Maclaverty + Khodosh). For The Opera Group: Faceless Suit, Walking Not Driving (Coker); Dean, Anything Money Can Buy (Bowler); Wilson Out of the Ordinary (Bruce); For Yorke Trust Opera: Lord Nelson, The Sailor’s Tale (Bawden). Other roles include BenThe Telephone and Prince Florian in the world premiere of The Magic Diamond conducted by John Owen-Edwards.
On the oratorio and concert platforms Alexander has performed around the world as far as the USA, Brazil (Manaus Opera House), Japan and the West Indies. Having performed the majority of the oratorio repertoire around the UK’s cathedrals and concert halls, notable performances includes Rinaldo (Brahms) with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden; the world premiere of Joubert’s A Song for St Stephen, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Handel’s Messiahwith the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Halsey; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Mozart’s Mass in Cmin under David Lloyd-Jones and L’Enfant du Christ at the Bridgewater Hall under Kent Negano. Other concert highlights include Fauré’s Pie Jesu under Sir Georg Solti at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra; Viennese Operetta with Wyn Davies and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead; a private performance for President Bush Snr at the White House, Washington; the Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday at Horseguards Parade, London; and Jim Henson’s Memorial Service. Other gala venue highlights include the Royal Albert Hall, London and Berwaldhallen, Stockholm. Alexander has also toured the UK and Ireland’s largest venues, performing to capacity crowds of over 30,000 a night and over 250,000 a month in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Evening News Arena, Hallam Sheffield Arena, The Point, Dublin, The Odyssey Belfast and the O2 Millennium Dome, London with Young Voices Concerts.
On radio and recording, Alexander frequently performs with the BBC Concert Orchestra, most recently on BBC Radio 2 at the Hackney Empire, London in A Tribute to Mario Lanza and a “A Look back to the good old days” both broadcast live. Alexander has also been heard on BBC Radio 3, the BBC World Service and Sveriges Radio, Sweden. Recording credits include the world premiere of Bawden’s The Sailor’s Tale on the NMC label in which he created the role of Lord Nelson; a world premiere for Independent Ballet Wales of Turner’s Bride of Flowers; the soundtrack of James Horner, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas’s animated movie The Land Before Time at Abbey Road Studios, London. Alexander is also featured on multiple Hyperion recordings as a chorister.
On television, Alexander has appeared as a soloist in various guises, most recently with Peter Stringfellow on Celebrity Come Dine With Me. He has also been seen in various television series’ including Clocking Off, Brookside, Coronation Street, North Square, At Home with the Braithwaites, Hollyoaks, Always and Everyone, and with Harry Secombe on Highway (ITV).
On the Musical Theatre platform Alexander was offered the title role of Peter Pan at the Royal Festival Hall, London choreographed by Gillian Gregory. More recently Alexander was offered the role of Anthony Candolino (singing Cavaradossi) in the Broadway transfer of Masterclass starring Tyne Daly and directed by Stephen Wadsworth at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.
Alexander bases himself in London, UK and Gothenburg Sweden with his partner, Soprano and Director Louise Sjöstedt.
For more information please visit www.alexandergrove.me