British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musical and dramatic artistry on both opera and concert stages. He was lauded for his “gripping embodiment of Wozzeck” (Journal Voir) in a production of the Berg opera with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
This season Dobson makes his third appearance in three seasons with Florentine Opera, performing the role of Thomas Betterton in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players. Concert highlights include Messiah performances with Symphony Nova Scotia and St. Thomas Church in New York as well as Durufle’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis and Bizet’s Carmen in concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Other engagements of note this season include the Canadian premiere of The Mute and the Canary, a new opera by Rudolf Komorous, with Turning Point Ensemble and a reprisal of Spoleto Festival USA’s production of Zemlinksy’s Spring Symphony at Luminato Festival.
Dobson’s operatic roles include “Masetto” in Don Giovanni and “Maximilian” in Bernstein’s Candide with Calgary Opera, “Guillaume” in the French version of Così fan tutte with Opera Lafayette, “The Count” in The Marriage of Figaro with Against the Grain, and “Marcello” in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Victoria. Dobson also sang the role of “Polyphemus” in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Mark Morris Dance Group.
On the concert stage, Dobson has shown versatility with both classical and contemporary repertoire. He has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer with Orchestre Métropolitain, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Toronto Symphony, Faure’s Requiem with the Windsor Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the combined National Arts Centre Orchestra and Orchestre Metropolitain. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra London, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and many others. Recent performances of contemporary works include the role of “The Master” in Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s production of Against Nature with director James Kudelka and “The Pilot” in Soundstreams’ production of Airline Icarus, a new opera by Brian Current. A recording of Airline Icarus (winner of the JUNO for Classical Composition of the Year) featuring Mr. Dobson was released on Naxos Records in 2015.
As a dedicated recital artist, his recent performances of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe were highly acclaimed in New York, Montréal, Toronto, Victoria, England, and Paris.