Scottish tenor Alasdair Elliott sings Emperor Altoum (Turandot) and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro) in The Royal Opera’s 2013/14 Season. A regular singer with the Company, his most recent appearances have included Bardolph (Falstaff) and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte).
Elliott studied at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Britten Pears School with Peter Pears and the National Opera Studio. He has sung with companies around the world, including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Netherlands Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, New Israeli Opera, La Monnaie and with The Royal Opera at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. His repertory includes such roles as Goro (Madama Butterfly), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Red Whiskers (Billy Budd), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier) and First Jew (Salome). Elliott is also well known for his interest in contemporary music, performing in the world premieres of Legende at the Concertgebouw and John Buller’s The Bacchae for ENO and creating Shvonder (A Dog’s Heart) for ENO. Other highlights include Vova (Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot) and the Scribe and the Chancellor (Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber).
Elliott’s recording of Bardolph with the London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis won a Grammy in 2005. He can also be heard singing Fourth Jew (Salome) for Chandos, Red Whiskers for Virgin Classics, Gamekeeper (Rusalka) for the Glyndebourne Live Label and Kunz Vogelgesang (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for the Royal Opera Heritage Series under Bernard Haitink.