About

The Gothenburg Opera Studio is a private studio run by award-winning international tenor, Alexander Grove and accepts private students from all over the world. Based in the beautiful coastal city of Gothenburg, Sweden which has it’s own world class opera house and utilising leading respected artists, coaches, conductors and directors from the world of opera, it is the perfect place to focus and develop a student’s knowledge.

The studio provides:

  • Vocal, dramatic and interpretation coaching
  • Masterclasses and workshops with leading respected artists, coaches, conductors and directors
  • Audition advice and coaching
  • Career advice and mentoring
  • Vocal repair consultations
  • Online sessions

NB. GOS is a private studio and is not directly affiliated with the Gothenburg Opera.

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About Alexander Grove:

Summary

Described by the BBC as “England’s Mario Lanza”, by The Times as “simply brilliant” and Opera Magazine as “the Danilo of one’s dreams…”, Alexander Grove is an award-winning English tenor performing internationally, known for his wide range of repertoire, intelligent and exciting interpretations, engaging stagecraft and acting ability and warm toned, yet flexible vocal ability. He is considered to be one of the most versatile tenors to emerge from the UK in recent years. A former chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral, London and trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Alexander’s career currently spans the opera, oratorio, concert and musical theatre stages, television, radio and recordings: from Abbey Road Studios, London to performing to capacity crowds of over 30,000 per night in some of Europe’s largest arenas such the O2, to leading roles in A stage opera houses and the West End. Alexander is also a resident member of the Gothenburg Opera, Sweden: one of Northern Europe’s leading opera houses.

Alexander has performed over 60 operatic / operetta roles, and is also in demand on the concert platform having performed the majority of the oratorio repertoire and given recitals and galas in festivals and tours covering the length and breadth of the UK for the majority of his life. Internationally his career has taken him all over the world from the USA and Europe to Japan and as far as Teatro Amazonas in Brazil.

Alexander has given educational courses and masterclasses to varying age groups all over the UK and increasingly further afield. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Aberdeen. From introducing the public or local schools to opera and operetta with fun performance based workshops, to specialist masterclasses at top UK institutions, Alexander is experienced at teaching all age groups in both singing and stagecraft helping performers make the transition into their respective industries, whether it be opera, concert, musical theatre, rock or pop. Popular singing styles as well as stagecraft / drama techniques and interpretation (roles / monologues / song) are all considered in his teaching methods and are adapted to the student while always based on the bel canto principles passed down from his singing teachers, developing healthy vocalisation and appoggio, whilst developing strength, flexibility and range. Previous students include opera singers, musical theatre singers, pop and rock artists under the Sony and Decca music labels.

Due to his own experience as a chorister, Alexander also has a specialised knowledge in the breaking voice and helps choristers whose parents wish to audition them in major choir schools. With a continuous 33 years professional singing experience, 15 years private teaching experience and having worked with voice specialists at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London for over 3 years, Alexander has additional knowledge of vocal issues that may need vocal rehabilitation. Maintenance, healthy vocal habits and awareness of the voice and body are all focussed areas.

Alexander also applies his knowledge of English and English repertoire to foreign singers, speakers and institutions most recently at the Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, and his stagecraft knowledge to institutions such as the Royal Swedish Ballet School and European Union Baroque Orchestra.

Experience

Training Summary

Musical + Dramatic Education:

  • Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) - 7 years
  • St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School (London, UK) - 5 years

Qualifications:

  • PGRNCM, RNCM, Manchester UK
  • BMus (Hons) RNCM, Manchester UK

Work Summary:

  • Over 60 professional opera / operetta roles
  • 80+ professional stage productions
  • Extensive oratorio performances worldwide of 52 performed works and concerts worldwide.
  • Sung Languages: English, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Russian, German, Spanish, Czech.
  • Competitions / Awards: 7 Awards, 2 competition wins, 1 runner-up.

Conductors worked under include:

  • Sir George Solti
  • Kent Negano
  • Simon Halsey
  • Sir Edward Downes
  • Sir David Wilcocks
  • Pier Giorgio Morandi
  • Edward Gardner
  • Noel Davis
  • Daniel Harding
  • Jan Latham-Koenig
  • Mark Shanahan
  • Michael Rosewell
  • Stephen Barlow
  • Hans Werne Henze
  • Patrik Ringborg
  • Tobias Ringborg

Directors worked under include:

  • David Radok
  • John Fulljames
  • Richard Jones
  • Michael Hampe
  • Michael McCarthey
  • Thomas Guthrie
  • Martin Lloyd Evans
  • William Relton
  • Graham Vick
  • David McVicar

Companies include:

  • Gothenburg Opera
  • Malmö Opera
  • National Finnish Opera
  • Lucerne Festival, Switzerland
  • Scottish Opera

Past Tutors include:

Singing:

  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Frederica von Stade
  • Nicolai Gedda, Tenor (Switzerland)
  • Sten Sjöstedt, Tenor (Sweden)
  • Susanna Rigacci, Soprano (Italy)
  • Colin Iveson, Bass (UK)
  • Anthony Roden, Tenor (UK)
  • Robert Alderson (UK)
  • Nigel Bevan, Baritone (UK)
  • Susan Waters, Soprano (UK)
  • Ben Parry, Tenor (UK)
  • David Porter Thomas (UK)

Masterclasses / Coaching:

  • Sir Thomas Allen (Mozart)
  • John Cameron (Lieder)
  • Paul Whelan (Lieder)
  • Philip Langridge (Britten)
  • Joseph Ward (Rossini)
  • Rafael Rojas
  • Martin Isepp (Lieder)
  • Nigel Douglas (Operetta)
  • Geoffrey Shovelton (Operetta)
  • Dame Anne Howells (Italian Song)
  • Bruno Rigacci (Rossini)
  • Corradina Caporello, Julliard School (Italian)
  • Robin Stapleton (Verdi)
  • David Lloyd-Jones (Russian Repertoire)
  • John Cox (Interpretation)

Stagecraft / Stage Fighting / Improvisation + Interpretation:

  • Elaine Bevis (Interpretation)
  • Jennifer Hamilton (Stagecraft)
  • Stefan Janski (Stagecraft)
  • Anna Sweeney (Movement + Stagecraft)
  • Amanda Demitriou (Movement + Stagecraft)
  • Bethan Rhys Williams (Dancing)

Alexander is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Guild of the Companions of St Paul, Equity and Symf.