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Alexander McKissick


Originally from Madison, Connecticut, tenor Alexander McKissick returns to WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the 2018–2019 season, presenting Nikolaus Sprink in Silent Night, Joseph/Stagehand in The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and covering the title role in Faust. He will also sing as a soloist in “A Concert of Comic Masterpieces.” In WNO’s 2017–2018 season, he sang Lamplighter and Drunkard in The Little Prince and Grand Inquisitor/Governor 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 currently a finalist for the 2018 Operalia Competition and will travel to Lisbon in August for the final round. 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. McKissick 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

    As Christmas Eve falls on a World War I battlefield, enemy soldiers step into no-man's-land for one miraculous night of peace. 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.

Alexander McKissick