Alex started singing while studying medicine at the University of Birmingham. After qualifying and working at the Royal London Hospital for 2 years, Alex decided it was time to do something important with his life and applied to the opera course at the Royal Academy, where he now studies with Nuccia Focile, Ingrid Surgenor and Jonathan Papp.
Roles at the Academy include: Oronte (Alcina), Mercury (Orphée aux Enfers), Tom Rakewell (Scenes from The Rake’s Progress), Roberto (Scenes from Roberto Devereux) and Bill (Flight – by Jonathan Dove). In May 2018 Alex made his debut with Hampstead Garden Opera in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. For which he received excellent reviews: ‘Alex Aldren’s ringing tenor was full of ardour. With a naturally warm tone, his voice was very easy on the ear – Planet Hugill,’ ‘Alfredo was charmingly sung by Aldren. His refined and polished voice is a pleasure in itself’ – TrendFem.com and ‘[his] mellow, but thrusting tenor is very much the stuff of romantic leads’ – The Stage.
As well as opera, Alex is passionate about oratorio and song repertoire, regularly performing works such as Elijah, Messiah, Rossini’s Petite messe sollenelle, and Requiems by Mozart and Verdi. He has twice performed solos at the Royal Albert Hall and has given recitals as far a field as Cuba. Alex often performs the works of Scandinavian composers Grieg and Sibelius, due to his half-Norwegian heritage.
Alex is an alumni of summer school, Scuola di belcanto, Urbania and a Britten-Pears young artist, attending Aldeburgh in Summer ‘18 to work with Matthew Rose, John Fisher and Julia Faulkner on a course focussed on developing international artists.
Alex is very happy to be joining Opera Prelude this year. He is also incredibly grateful for the support of his sponsors; the Gregory-Carr trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.