B i o g r a p h y
Alexander Charles Boyd is a "most consistently satisfying" (New York Times) baritone from Purcellville, Virginia. He began his musical studies as a cellist, performing with youth orchestras in Venezuela, Mexico, England, and the United States, where he won the prestigious National School Orchestra Award. After beginning vocal study, he attended the Virginia Governor’s school for the arts, and the Interlochen Summer Arts camp as a vocal student, where he was awarded the “Maddy” award for musical excellence. He continued his studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where he performed his first operatic role in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.
Mr. Boyd has received scholarships from both the Bradenton and Sarasota opera guilds in Florida, placed second in the New York Lyric Opera’s 2016 vocal competition, and was a semi finalist in both the Mildred Miller 2018 vocal competition, and Opera Tampa's 2019 D'Angelo young artist competition.
This past season, Mr. Boyd returned to Pittsburgh Festival Opera to premier Mr. Rogers’ Operas (two of thirteen one act operas composed by Fred Rogers himself), portraying the elegant roles of King Kittypuss and Robert Redgate. As a member of their Mastersingers program, he performed Donner while covering Wotan in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, while working with Wagnerian experts Jane Eaglen and Eric Weimer, performing concerts of Wagner’s music.
Having climbed the young artist ladder at Sarasota Opera, Mr. Boyd "melded a firm baritone with moody acting" (Classical Voice America) as Moruccio in the rarely seen D’Albert opera Tiefland, and has performed Monterone (Rigoletto), Le Dancaire (Carmen), and Haly (L’Italiana in Algeri), while covering larger roles such as Rigoletto, Germont (La Traviata), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Manfredo (L’Amore dei tre re).
He made his international debut in 2017 in Cyprus with Kyrenia Opera as King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors. In Los Angeles, Mr. Boyd joined Pacific Opera Project for a hilarious double bill of Salieri’s Prima la musica, e poi le parole, and Josh Shaw’s English meta-libretto set to Mozart’s The Impresario.
In New York, Mr. Boyd sang Schaunard in New York City Opera’s outreach performances of La Boheme, as well as concert performances of Amonasro (Aida) with the Gateway Classical Music Society orchestra, and Scarpia (Tosca) with New York Lyric Opera, and in scenes concerts for Anthony Laciura’s New York Dramatic Voices program.
On the more modern side, he performed Jensen in a revival of Jeeyoung Kim’s 2012 opera From my mother’s mother at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, and recorded scenes for John Young’s new opera The Death of Ivan Ilych. Another revival was Mr. Boyd’s “off Broadway debut;” Jess in Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk, with the Little Opera Theater of NY.
Other credits include Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) with Tulsa Opera, Monterone (Rigoletto) with Opera Project Columbus, Barone Douphol (La Traviata) with St. Petersburg Opera, Mr. Gobineau (The Medium) with Opera Maine, Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) with the Glacier Symphony's Festival Amadeus, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Manhattan Opera Studio, and Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) with Prelude to Performance.
"Boyd, in particular, gave a good account of his vocal talents."
-David Maurer, Culture Spot LA
"Alex Boyd excelled in a quartet of roles (including Voltaire and Pangloss)."
-Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer