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Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United Kingdom. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has sung with opera houses including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Abroad he has performed for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Lille and the Icelandic Opera.
Alex’s recordings include Bach’s B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, Œdipus Rex, Stravinsky, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. 2019 saw the release of a new recording of the Magnificat by both Bach and Kuhnau with the baroque collective Solomon’s Knot, of whom Alex is a regular member.
Recent performance highlights include Bach (St John Passion and the St Michael Cantatas) with Solomon’s Knot in the Wigmore Hall, at the Leipzig Bachfest and the BBC Proms. He also sang the role of Pompeo in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini in Berlin, Versailles and at the BBC Proms for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and toured South America with Purcell and Carissimi.
Other notable performances include Œdipus Rex with the Berlin Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion on tour across Europe and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem for the Three Choirs Festival. Alex also recently performed in the inaugural Alamo Baroque Festival in Texas and on a tour of over twenty performances of several of Bach’s cantatas around Europe with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
2020 sees Alex perform Telemann and Handel in Switzerland, Monteverdi across Europe, Bach at the Wigmore Hall in London and Buxtehude at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
Alex has taught at the University of York since January 2013. Alex has also been a Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2007.