Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, this masterpiece of the operatic repertoire blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.
Featuring acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson in the title role, along with young up-and-coming Canadian singers
An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander’s solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler.
Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours. He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.
In Dobson’s 2017/18 season, he returns to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for performances of Bach’s Magnificat and performs at Spoleto Festival (Zemlinsky’s Spring Symphony). In Canada, Dobson appears with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for Handel’s Alexander’s Fesast, Toronto Masque Theatre (Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), Continuum Contemporary Music, Opera in Concert, Tapestry, and Syrinx Concerts. In Summer 2017, he appeared at Stratford Summer Music, performing the title role in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. He made an acclaimed debut last season with Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera last season in the title role of Don Giovanni.
Concert performances of note include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Toronto Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer with Orchestre Métropolitain, Faure Requiem with the Windsor Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the combined National Arts Centre Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain. He has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Matthew Halls, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the St. Lawrence Choir, Toronto’s Aldeburgh Connection, the Vancouver New Music Festival, and with Montréal’s Theatre of Early Music. Alexander has sung Handel’s Messiah with Philadelphia Orchestra (Cristian Macelaru, conductor), Calgary Philharmonic (Nicholas McGegan, conductor), Orchestra London, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Paul Goodwin, conductor), Edmonton Symphony, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Boris Brott Festival, and Spiritus Chamber Choir.
Mr. Dobson is also a dedicated recital artist. Composer Derek Holman wrote the song cycle Daybreak and a Candle End especially for Alexander and the Talisker Players. Mr. Dobson has also performed Dichterliebe with Talisker Players Chamber Music and Coleman Lemieux Dance Company, and Schubert’s Winterreise to great acclaim in Montréal, Victoria, England, Paris, and, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano, in Toronto. Alexander has also been heard frequently on CBC Radio Canada in recital and concert.