Alex Rosen

Praised for his “richly resonant” voice (New York Times) and “pure-toned grace” (The Independent), American Bass Alex Rosen is a rising star in concert, operatic and art song repertoire.

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After completing his studies at the Juilliard School, Alex Rosen made his international debut with Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of William Christie, in two tours of Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Since then, he has guarded his passion for historical performance, in projects both in Europe and back in the United States. Recently he appeared as Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, as Cadmus and Somnus in Handel’s Semele with Opera Philadelphia, and as Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Les Arts Florissants, again under the direction of William Christie.

In 2020, he sang Caronte in a new production of Monteverdi’s L’orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera, directed by Monique Wagemakers. The piece incorporated ten singers and ten dancers into one ‘organism’, fully choreographed by Nanine Linning, and featured an art installation by Dutch artist collective Studio Drift.

Alex also enjoys an ongoing collaboration with pianist Michał Biel, with whom he won 2nd prize in the 2018 International Hugo Wolf Academy Competition. As laureates of the Royaumont Foundation’s Art Song Academy, they have given recitals in some of Europe’s most prominent art song venues, including the Festival Lied Victoria de los Angeles in Barcelona, and Wigmore Hall in London. Alex is a native of La Cañada, California.


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    11 Feb 20 MONTEVERDI Orfeo
    Nederlandse Reisopera

    “…I particularly enjoyed the performance of bass Alex Rosen as Caronte (Charon), whose handsome dark timbre was accompanied by the ominous sound of the regale organ.”
    Nicolas Nguyen, Bachtrack


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    23 Sep 19 HANDEL Semele
    Opera Philadelphia

    “The bass Alex Rosen was richly resonant in two smaller roles, and Sarah Shafer — her soprano bright but with warmly mild edges — was witty as Iris, Juno’s daffy attendant.”
    Zachary Woolfe, New York Times


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    20 Mar 19 BACH St John Passion
    Les Arts Florissants

    “Alex Rosen’s Jesus has pure-toned grace…”
    Michael Church, The Independent


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    06 Feb 19 HANDEL Radamisto
    Opera Lafayette

    “…while Alex Rosen sang beautifully and ardently as Radamisto’s father, who spends most of the opera as a frustrated prisoner.”
    Anne Midgette, The Washington Post


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    18 Nov 18 HAYDN The Creation
    Les Arts Florissants

    “It was a true pleasure to watch and listen to bass Alex Rosen recounting with youthful awe, tenderness and saturnine inflections the creation of the whales (the Fifth Day). He was at his apex in “Gleich öffnet sich der Erde Schoß”, the most beautiful of all tone painting sequences – describing the emergence of several earthbound animals – in the entire oratorio. The remarkable vocal and acting potential of the recent Juilliard graduate were evident in the operatic quality of his very first intervention, “Im Amfange schuff Gott Himmel und Erde”. His long duet with Piau in the oratorio’s third part – a somehow dull, gemütlich description of the prelapsarian Eden – was perfectly balanced.”
    Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack