Latest Reviews: Carmen: Malmö Opera 2018
Den engelske tenoren Alexander Grove imponerade i rollen som Don José... här gjorde han ett gott intryck både sceniskt och vokalt.
The English tenor Alexander Grove impressed in the role of Don José ... he made a good impression both dramatically and vocally.
Alexander Grove gör en mycket bra Don José med klangrik välbalanserad tenor med kraft ända upp i höjden.
Alexander Grove makes a very good Don José - a well balanced tenor with power all the way to the top.
Alexander Grove, som var Carmens svartsjuke älskare Don José, sjöng med samma hetta som hon, men med mer smärta i rösten.
Alexander Grove, who was Carmen's jealous lover Don José, sang with the same intensity as her, but with more emotional pain carried through the voice.
Five:15: Scottish Opera
“In an evening of distinguished vocal performances the stand-out, for me, was tenor Alexander Grove, who stole the limelight as the geeky Steve in The Money Man and produced singing of “Mad- scene” proportions in 74° North.”
Seen and Heard International
The Merry Widow, Léhar:
And the men? Well, the debonair Alexander Grove was the Danilo of one’s dreams...”
Trouble in Tahiti / Mahagonny Songspiel:
The Opera Group
"Alexander Grove was simply brilliant...”
Turn of the Screw, Britten
"Risky as it is to say so, I do wonder if I have seen a more chilling performance of Peter Quint than that by Alexander Grove. Not only, and most importantly, did he sing well - pears-like ghostly melismas - but he looked the part to perfection: 'his hair was red, close-curling', as the libretto says, and dangerously handsome, with the scars of his death on the icy road still showing on his forehead and with a nameless allure to suggest any kind of depravity. He was violent to his victim Miss Jessel."
"Alexander Grove's Quint was a triumph, superbly sung, looking the part to perfection and exuding danger with every gesture.”
"Not a single gesture or facial expression fails to make its mark. Alexander Grove (Quint), in particular, played this to his advantage. His first appearance was electrifying, not only because of his stunning command of all those long, insinuating melismas, but also be- cause he looked and behaved exactly like the kind of evil yet hypnotic figure that so entrances Miles."
Alexander Grove's Quint, which is suitably eerie, magnifi- cently menacing, supremely crafted and utterly unforgettable."
"...incisive, as the Turkish prisoner, the defeated emperor Bajazet (a sterling performance from Alexander Grove), finally frees himself from the tyranny of the Tartar ruler Tamerlano."The Independent
Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach:
"...Mercury's aria (irresistible)..."
La Cenerentola, Rossini:
Finnish National Opera
"Nuoren brittitenorin Alexander Groven olemus sopii romanttisen ramiro ruhtinaan rooliin. Lyyrinen ääni on sangen kaunis."
"English tenor Alexander Grove is the essence of the romantic prince Ramiro. His lyrical voice is very beautiful."
HELSINGIN SANOMAT, FINLAND
Le Nos, Shostakovich:
"The Nose itself was quite terrifyingly, and literally, man-sized in a striking performance by tenor Alexander Grove... The singing was of an extremely high standard. The beauty of the sounds made the scenes all the more eerie, and it was sung with confidence and conviction.”PRIMI DIVI
"Alexander Grove... was outstanding in the title role...."
Manchester Evening News
The Jewel Box, Mozart
Bampton Classical Opera
"Yet musically Bampton served up a scintillating evening...Kay and Grove are both fine singers, and she negotiated her middle range as adeptly as he did his two sweeping, characterful arias."
Wiener Blut, Strauss
...Alexander Grove (the Count) was excellent... and made light of the demands of this difficult tenor role."
Fairy Queen, Purcell
"Alexander Grove and William Towers completed a first-class, impeccably rehearsed cast."
Pique Dame, Tchaikovsky
"In this powerful production of a dark and uneven opera, Alexander Grove, the 2001 Anne Ziegler Award winner, who received acclaim for his Bajazet in a production of Tamerlano last Dec, sang Chekalinsky, and again deserves acclaim.
THE MANCHESTER CHERIVARI
"...the tenor Alexander Grove, whose plangent expressive voice did full justice to the strange and rapturous Strophe aus Die Gotter Griechenlands."
"Mezzo-soprano Julia Riley and tenor Alexander Grove find wonderfully expressive depths to their vocal interpretations."
"Alexander Grove was sophistication personified. When he introduced various works I could only imagine that P G Wodehouse scripted his lines. He delivered a truly original account of Handel's Jeptha. His notes were snatched and sung from his passagio with so much care and delicacy that the very roof timbers hummed in unison. This is how a tenor should deliver a role. Yes, technique matters; but soul is where it's at. A joyful, stunning-looking and world-class quartet treating the country to something extraordinary."
"...However Mario Lanza could not have sung Ecco Ridente from Rossini’s Barber of Seville with which Alexander Grove opened his recital. Lanza simply did not have the lovely transparent fluency that Alexander Grove demonstrated in his performance of this piece. Nor I am sure could Mario Lanza have sung Lenski’s Aria from Eugene Onegin like Alexander Grove did, not in Russian anyway. In this piece Grove captured all the tragic darkness at the heart of the opera. The more heroic Italian tenor came out beautifully in Grove’s performance of Il Lamento di Frederico from L’Arlesiana by Cilea .... consider his smooth romantic performances of Roses of Picardy or It’s a Grand Night for Singing... I’m off to chez Maxim, Danilo’s Aria from The Merry Widow was excellent and Grove gave us a completely new slant on it.... Girls were made to love and kiss from Franz Lehar’s opera Paganini was superbly well sung – another Richard Tauber favourite and finally as an encore and in the original Spanish Alexander Grove gave us a very thrilling performance of Agustin Lara’s Granada."
"It would have taken a singer of outstanding ability to stand out from the quality line-up brought together by the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir for its inaugural Last Night of the Proms - and in Alexander Grove the audience came face-to-face with just such a talent. The Manchester-based tenor has spent time studying in Italy and it showed in his powerful presence and mannerisms, while his voice as exhibited on such classics as O Sole Mio and Funiculi Funiculà would surely meet the approval of the nation's most demanding audiences.
"The star of the evening was the tenor, Alexander Grove. What a magnificent, clear, rich voice he has, able to deal with all the intricacies of the music without losing his diction.
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