Praised as a “stand out” ( Opera News ), “rich and elegant” ( Palm Beach Arts Paper ), and “refreshing” ( Miami Art Zine ), bass - baritone Alex Soare is on the verge of an exciting career. This season, Mr. Soare will be performing as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. In January of 2018, Mr. Soare will travel to Barcelona as a Finalist for the 55th Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. Last season, Mr. Soare returned to Florida Grand Opera to perform the role of Zuniga in Carmen , Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin , Tom in Un ballo in maschera , and to appear in their production of Before Night Falls.
In recent seasons, Mr. Soare was a Mary Ragland Young Artist with Nashville Opera, singing the role of Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance , and returned to Des Moines Metro Opera to cover the role of Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West . He also was a Resi dent Artist with Florida Grand Opera where he performed Don Basilo in Il barbiere di Siviglia , First SS Officer in The Passenger , and covered the title role in Don Pasquale . Other recent engagements include Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Escamillo in Carmen w ith the Aspen Music Festival; der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Elisha Fitzgibbon/Legs Diamond in a world premiere workshop Rosco with Opera Saratoga; as Sulpice in La fille du regiment and in Tosca with Opera North; Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore with Op era Iowa; and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Candid Concert Opera.
Soare had the pleasure of participating in the Des Moines Metro Opera apprentice program covering the roles of Orest in Elektra and Capulet in Rom éo et Juliette . He also participated in the Aspen Music Festival and in the Opera on the Avalon Festival. Previous role highlights include the title role in Gianni Schicchi , Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring , and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
[ AWARDS AND EDUCATION ]
Mr. Soare is an award recipient of The National Society of Arts and Letters, The Metropolitan Opera National Council, The Bel Canto Foundation, The Pantazelos Foundation, The Romanian National Song Competition, and Hariclea Darclee International Voice Competition. He has been a finalist for the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition, and Sherrill Milnes Opera Idol Competition.
Starting his training later than usual, Mr. Soare completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His training in opera started in Brasov, Romania while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Universitatea Transilvania. He then continued his studies in Salzburg, Austria at the Universität Mozarteum. He later completed a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Operatic Literature at Northwestern University.