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Alex Ashworth

"No City of London Festival is complete without some spectacular in St Paul’s Cathedral, though its acoustic can easily turn whatever is performed into the equivalent of mushy peas. What a pleasant shock, then, when the first sung note in Monteverdi’s Vespers rang out like a rifle shot, one piercing enough to have felled those British worthies of land and sea, memorialised in marble all around. This opening blast from Alexander Ashworth’s bass-baritone set the tone of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s presentation. Forthright clarity. Practised skill. Echo be damned."
 
Geoff Brown, The Times, July 2015
 
Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United 
Kingdom. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has since made his debut with 
opera houses including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish 
Opera. Abroad he has performed for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Lille and the 
Icelandic Opera. 
 
Alex sings regularly on the concert platform and has worked as a soloist for conductors 
including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis and Paul McCreesh. He sang at the 
Icelandic première of Handel's Israel in Egypt, performed Aeneas for Trevor Pinnock in 
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Halle Festival in Germany and has even sung the title rôle 
in Verdi's Falstaff at the Ice Theatre in Lapland. 
 
Recent appearances include the United Kingdom première, with the Classical Opera 
Company, of Telemann's Orfeo as Pluto, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the 
Hallé Orchestra, Messiah with the CBSO and City of Birmingham Choir in Symphony Hall, 
Birmingham, a tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Bach's 
Christmas Oratorio and performances of Brahms' Requiem in China. 
 
Alex's recordings include Monteverdi's Vespers for DVD with John Eliot Gardiner (to be 
released late 2014), Œdipus Rex, Stravinsky, with the London Symphony Orchestra, and 
Handel's Giulio Cesare (DVD) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. 
 
Future projects include Mozart Requiem and Messiah in Barcelona, Monteverdi Vespers
for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in Vienna and recording Bach B Minor Mass for 
John Eliot Gardiner.

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Messiahs - Simon Ponsford, Simon Wall, Alex Ashworth

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Posted on December 14th 2015

Alex Ashworth going for the record - 9 Messiahs!

Alex Ashworth is soloist in what must be a... READ MORE

Posted on December 2nd 2015

Messiah in Norway - Susanna Fairbairn, Esther Brazil, Ben Thapa, Alex Ashworth

For the past few years the Anglophile conductor Svein... READ MORE

Posted on October 21st 2015

Alex Ashworth: Times review "Forthright clarity. Practised skill."

The first sung note in the City of London Festival's... READ MORE

Posted on July 21st 2015

York Elijah - review quoted in Classical Music newsletter

James Whittle of York Press was fulsome in his praise... READ MORE

Posted on May 27th 2015

Esther Brazil and Alex Ashworth on tour with Monteverdi Choir

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Posted on March 24th 2015

March Highlights

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Posted on March 1st 2014