Alec Carlson


The tenor, a native of Red Oak, Iowa, is a recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center. In his time as a member of the Ryan Opera Center he performed in several productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. These include Bruno (I Puritani) First Priest (Die Zauberflöte), Juan (Don Quichotte), Animal Tamer (Der Rosenkavalier), Remendado (Carmen) as well as singing the role of Ismael in the world premiere of Jimmy Lopez’s Bel Canto. Other engagements have included Fenton (Falstaff) with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, as well as making his debut with Opera Las Vegas. Alec recently partnered with Opera for Peace in a concert of Bel Canto repertoire under the baton of Maestro Dmitry Korchak with the Winter Bashmet Festival in Sochi, Russia. In the summer of 2019 he returned to Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist covering the role of Frederic in the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child.


Alec is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Fund Award from Santa Fe Opera, and was recently awarded the Richard and Kerry Stillwell Award in the 2019 Opera Index Vocal Competition. A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he placed 2nd in the Seattle Region, and was named a Semi-Finalist in the 57th annual Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona. Alec also received 2nd prize in the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Vocal Competition and the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, as well as receiving a grant from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Alec is an alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio and the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy. Alec holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Masters of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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