B i o g r a p h y
Alexander Charles Boyd is a baritone from Purcellville, Virginia. He began his musical studies at the age of nine, by playing the cello at Asheville College in Harrogate, England. As a cellist, he received the National Orchestra Award, and played with ensembles around the world, including England, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela. At sixteen, he began taking classical voice lessons at Shenandoah University in Virginia, and continued his vocal studies at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio with Daune Mahy and Julien Robbins.
Mr. Boyd furthered his training in study programs such as Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance, Glenn Morton's La Lingua della Lyrica, Oberlin in Italy, Lied Austria, Interlochen Summer Arts Academy (where he was a recipient of their highest honor, the "Maddy" award), and the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts.
"Alex Boyd excelled in a quartet of roles (including Voltaire and Pangloss)."
-Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer
In New York City, Mr. Boyd performed the role of Jensen in Jeeyoung Kim's 2012 opera From my mother's mother, Papageno in the American premier of Peter von Winter's Das Labyrinthe, Schikaneder's sequel to Die Zauberflöte, with Amore Opera, as well as The Little Opera Theater of NY's double bill of Carlisle Floyd's first opera Slow Dusk and Markheim, with the composer in attendance.
Last year, he made his west coast debut with Pacific Opera Project (affectionately known as POP) in a double bill of director Josh Shaw's English libretto set to Mozart's The Impresario, and Salieri's hilarious operatic underdog Prima la musica, e poi le parole, to critical acclaim. Later that summer, he sang Mr. Gobineau in The Medium with Opera Maine, and Masetto in Don Giovanni with The Muses Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
At the Aaron Copland school of music in Queens, Mr. Boyd has been invited to perform the Marquis de la Force in their production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem.
At Sarasota Opera, he performed Le Daincaire in Carmen, Moruccio in Tiefland and Haly in L'Italiana in Algeria, as well as receiving the Stewart R. Silver grant from the Sarasota Opera guild, and the Helen Jepson Scholarship from the Bradenton Opera Guild.
Mr. Boyd took second place in the New York Lyric Opera Theater's 2016 Vocal Competition, and performed Scarpia in Tosca with them the following season, and was invited to sing at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as a finalist in the 2013 Concert Festival Concerto Competition with his rendition of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.
"Boyd, in particular, gave a good account of his vocal talents."
-David Maurer, Culture Spot LA
"The most consistently satisfying singers were Alexander Boyd as Papageno and Natalia Salemmo as a charming Papagena."
-James R. Oestreich, New York Times