Winner of First Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, Alessandro Fisher joins the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme in September 2018. A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alessandro Fisher read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar at Clare College.
His operatic engagements have included Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Sinfonia d’Amici, Don Polidoro La finta semplice for Classical Opera, Christian The First Commandment for Classical Opera, First Armed Man / Priest Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Opera at West Green House, Bellecourt Vert Vert for Garsington Opera, the title role Dardanus and the B Minor Mass for English Touring Opera, Law Student in Matthew Rogers’ And London Burned for the Temple Church and Count Bandiera in Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera. For Glyndeburne Opera’s Jerwood Project, he sang Banquo in Luke Styles’ Macbeth for at Glyndebourne and in the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
He appeared in Jonathan Miller’s production of the St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Spirit of Schubert with Graham Johnson. Concert engagements have further included Evangelist St John Passion at Milton Court, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah at the Jesuitenkirche, Innsbruck, Testo Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for Andrew Lawrence-King and The Wallace Collection, Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic, Stravinsky’s Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, recitals at the English Song Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Wigmore Hall and Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery and BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day..
Alessandro Fisher sang Delmiro / Alindo Hipermestra at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival and made his debut at the 2018 Salzburg Festival as Lucano / First Soldier L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Current engagements include Bastien Bastien und Bastienne for Classical Opera, Fenton Falstaff for The Grange Festival, Britten’s War Requiem in Lincoln Cathedral and An Italian Songbook at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2018. For Retrospect Opera, he will record Harlequin in Ethel Smythe’s Fête Galante with Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
Alessandro Fisher’s recordings include Theodore in Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Richard Bonynge for Retrospect Opera and Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Yan-Pascal Tortelier on Chandos CD.
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Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2016 / Wigmore Hall, London
“Fisher’s performance was supremely accomplished, delivering songs in French, Russian, German and Italian with equal ease – and his high notes were floated with exceptional grace.”
“Fisher was an engaging story-teller, relaxed of voice, singing with sensitive phrasing. Fisher’s voice was sweet and dreamy, but never unfocused, perfectly conveying the mystery and pathos of loss.”
Lucano: L’Incoronazione di Poppea / Salzburg Festival
“Alessandro Fisher, as Lucano, did a great job in a very sensuous duet with Kate Lindsey’s Nerone.“
Don Polidoro: La finta semplice / Classical Opera
“Given tenor Alessandro Fisher’s honeyed tones, Rosina might have done better to choose him; why she falls for Don Cassandro is a mystery…”
The Arts Desk
”Lukas Jakobski presented his strong bass to excellent effect as Don Cassandro and Alessandro Fisher his equally accomplished tenor as Don Polidoro, with the splendid acting of both helping to stamp out their respective characters.“
“Alessandro Fisher, the possessor of an excpetionally melliflous lyric tenor.”
“Alessandro Fisher’s gentle tenor beautifully expressed the hapless, hopeless Don Polidoro’s tender but ardent avowal of love, ‘Sposa cara.’”
Christian: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebotes / Classical Opera
“…sung with notable control and a steady, sympathetic tone by the tenor Alessandro Fisher…”
The Arts Desk
“As Christian, Alessandro Fisher, battling bronchitis though you would scarcely have guessed from his warm, lyrical tone, took physical risks (swooning to the ground in a confined space) and had lovely, rakish charm.”
“Alessandro Fisher was touching as the vacillating Christian. Flexible and agile of voice when lured by Worldly Spirit’s seductive charms, his tone took on a darker hue when he recalled the torments of Hell and Judgement…”
“Alessandro Fisher is a welcome new tenor on the block, smooth and elegant.”
Bellecourt: Vert-Vert / Garsington Opera at Wormsley
“Oxford Lieder Young Artists Winner Alessandro Fisher is the other tenor delight of this mixed evening.”
The Arts Desk
“He has an open, warm and soft-grained tenor: a delight to listen to.”
Law Student: And London Burned / Temple Church
“Alessandro Fisher brings his considerable vocal lustre to bear on hios role as the insipid Law Student.”
The Financial Times
Arcas: Dardanus / English Touring Opera
“…Alessandro Fisher, whose lines leapt over the footlights.”
Dardanus / English Touring Opera
“Vocally the evening belongs to Alessandro Fisher. Originally cast in a supporting role, he stepped up into the title role with enormous confidence and a most wonderfully limpid tone to really make his mark. It is hard to imagine the role being sung better.”
Count Bandiera: La scuola de’ gelosi / Bampton Classical Opera
“As the Count, tenor Alessandro Fisher was every inch the Georgette Heyer hero in a bravura performance, naturally commanding and fabulously insouciant, with lyrical tone and surprising philosophical depth behind his agenda of pleasure...“
“Alessandro Fisher in the central role convincingly embodies the nature of a confident, charming rake with lyrical and well-projected singing…”
“Fisher displayed an appealing soft-grained tenor, expressive eyes and comic nous.”
Banquo: Macbeth (Luke Styles) / Linbury Studio Theatre
“…a soft-toned, engagingly naïve portrayal from Alessandro Fisher…”
“…notable contributions from (ia) Alessandro Fisher’s forthright Banquo.”
Loder Raymond and Agnes (role of Theodore)
Majella Cullagh, Carolyn Dobbin, Mark Milhofer, Alexander Robin Baker, Andrew Greenan, Retrospect Opera Chorus
Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Richard Bonynge
Retrospect Opera CD RO 005
Kathryn Rudge, François le Roux
CBSO Chorus, BBC Philharmonic / Yan Pascal Tortelier
Chandos CD CHAN 10957