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Alexander McKissick


A native of Madison, Connecticut, tenor Alexander McKissick joined WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for his first season in the fall of 2017. In WNO’s 2017–2018 season, he sings Lamplighter and Drunkard in The Little Prince and Grand Inquisitor in Candide. He also sang in the 2018 American Opera Initiative Festival. In the summer of 2017, he performed the roles of Val in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Aspen Music Festival. While studying at The Juilliard School, he performed as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Ein Soldat in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Brack Weaver in Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley, among others. He recently sang the roles of Ramon in La Navarraise at the Bard SummerScape festival and Fourth Jew in a concert version of Strauss’s Salome with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, he attended the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy, where he worked in master classes with Maestro Richard Bonynge, Angela Gheorghiu, and Carmen Giannattasio. He is a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner and has won additional awards from the Opera Index Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Vocal Competition. He is also a Toulmin Scholar and attended The Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.

Upcoming Events

  • Washington National Opera: <em>Silent Night</em> Washington National Opera: Silent Night

    On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.

Alexande McKissick