Onstage, offstage or anywhere between, tenor Alexander Cappellazzo is there!

 

Since his first opera performance in 2017 (Strauss’ Die Fledermaus), he has not stopped performing, taking part in works such as: Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero (Opera McGill), Britten’s Albert Herring (Opera McGill), and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Opera McGill & Halifax Summer Opera Festival). His experience in sacred works includes Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio (Cantabile Chorale), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Cantabile Chorale) and Handel's Messiah (OperOttawa). Offstage, Alexander's experience lies in directing and producing, (Haydn’s La Canterina, self-produced), assisting directors and stage management, designing set and costume (Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea), sound design and board operation (Lorca's When Five Years Pass, Schnitzler's La Ronde), audio/video editing and digital concert creation. Recently, Alexander has featured on the early music CD, Northern Baroque Gems for Organ and Voice alongside organist Rafael de Castro, available here.

A strong advocate of the idea that music is an essential part of community life, Alexander strives not only to perform, but to create unique concerts and musical events for all to enjoy. His musical passions lie in discovering and promoting underperformed, underrepresented and otherwise 'off-the-beaten-track' music in unpretentious and engaging manners. Alexander is currently producing and preparing to showcase his chamber recital 'Tracing the Tunes', a showcase of folksong-inspired works by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, for his 150th anniversary celebrations. This is the first concert in Canada prepared exclusively for these celebrations. 

Opera Canada describes him as ‘a stunning Tamino, with clarity and richness of voice, natural ease onstage, and a credible portrayal of innocence and determination’, and Revue L'Opera lauded him 'pour l’assurance de son jeu' [the confidence of his acting]. The National Capital Opera Society writes of him: 'Tenor Alexander Cappellazzo sang the aria “Thou shalt break them” with force and strength'.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from McGill University from the studio of Stefano Algieri. He currently studies with Brett Polegato. Alexander is the recipient of the 2019 Prix des Donateurs de la Relève Musicale, and is the co-founder of the Toronto-based early music quintet Diapente. Alexander is proudly from Scarborough, Ontario, and spends his free time playing role-playing games with his mates, walking in nature with his partner, and being a father to his lovely cat, Beatrice.

Alexander Cappellazzo... Who is He?

Alexander Cappellazzo... What does He Look Like?

Monostatos from Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'
Monostatos from Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'

Opera McGill 2019 Photo Credit: Brent Calis Photography

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Tamino in Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'
Tamino in Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'

Halifax Summer Opera Festival, 2019 Photo Credits: Stoo Metz Photography

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Sailor in Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas'
Sailor in Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas'

Opera McGill Binge Fest, 2017 Photo Credit: Peter Matulina

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Monostatos from Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'
Monostatos from Wolfgang Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte'

Opera McGill 2019 Photo Credit: Brent Calis Photography

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