Buffo bass-baritone ALEXANDER ADAMS-LEYTES, in making his professional debut in March of 2013 with Pacific Opera Project, in Los Angeles, CA, was described as “transcendental” and “never missing a syllable or pitch…always creating a plausible motive for his insane vocal and physical acrobatics” in his specialty area of comic patter singing as Dr. Bartolo in a modern-day Hollywood version of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The up-and-coming young singer performed with the Natchez Music Festival in Mississippi, in the role of Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore. Originally educated at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN under the teaching of Patricia Kent, he then went on to receive his Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota where he was a student of Philip Zawisza. For the several summers, he trained in Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany under the direction of European buffo star Damon Nestor Ploumis. While there he performed roles including Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva, Bartolo, and reprising his original role of Antonio Figaro and Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2014, he performed in the inaugural Narnia Festival in Narni, Umbria, Italy, where he reprised his Leporello performance from the previous summer in Weimar.
In December of 2014, he performed in the inaugural production for Gulfshore Opera in Naples, FL in the dual roles of Father and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, in which, according to Kathy O’Flinn of Southwest Spotlight magazine, “While totally immersed in both those roles, it was his witch, red-headed with lime green spikes, and her hocus-pocus which stole the hearts of the audience who loved her when she rode her broom and was just as happy when she suffered her fate in the oven.”
In March of 2015, he made his European house debut with Theater Rudolstadt, in Thuringia, Germany, alternating between the roles of Dr. Cajus and Herr Reich in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and in June sang his first Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Passion Artists of Vienna.
Mr. Adams-Leytes lives in Minnesota.