Alex DeSocio’s “buttery, booming baritone” (The New York Times) has been featured extensively with opera companies across the United States.
In the 2023/24 season, Mr. DeSocio joins Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Intelligence, covering the role of Travis. Upcoming engagements in this season include La bohème (Marcello), Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), and Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King). In the summer of 2023, Mr. DeSocio will sing the baritone soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Grant Park Music Festival and in Central City Opera’s Theatre of Dreams Gala and Yellow Rose Ball Concert.
In the 2022/23 season, Mr. DeSocio portrayed Figaro in Shreveport Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well as Schaunard in La bohème with Pensacola Opera. Recent engagements include La bohème (Marcello) with Opera Birmingham, Pagliacci (Silvio) with Opera Memphis, L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) with Sarasota Opera, Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio) with Pensacola Opera, and Carmen (Morales) with Vero Beach Opera.Read more
Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia is a signature role for Mr. DeSocio, having performed it with Anchorage Opera, Opera Roanoke, Livermore Valley Opera, Mobile Opera, and Opera Colorado’s young artist program. Further professional role credits include the title role in Don Giovanni with Wichita Grand Opera, Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva) with Miami Music Festival, Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) with LoftOpera, La Cenerentola (Dandini) with Opera Fort Collins, La bohème (Schaunard) with Charleston Opera Theater, Manon (Lescaut) with Opera Santa Barbara, Carmen (Le Dancaïre) with Fort Worth Opera, L’heure espangnole (Ramiro) with Opera Memphis, and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Melchoir) with Amarillo Opera.
During his tenure as a resident artist with Pittsburgh Opera, Mr. DeSocio was seen as Montano in Otello, Le Commissaire in Philip Glass’ Orphée, Father in Gregory Spears’ Paul’s Case, and Second Priest in The Magic Flute. Mr. DeSocio is also an alum of the prestigious Merola Opera Program, where he portrayed Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale.
A highly awarded artist, Mr. DeSocio is a two-time semifinalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a winner/laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, a Sullivan Foundation winner, and an Eleanor McCollum Competition finalist. He won 1st place in the Shreveport Opera Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild and Opera Birmingham vocal competitions, and most recently the Cooper-Bing Competition at Opera Columbus, where he additionally received the Audience Choice Award. Mr. DeSocio also took 2nd place in the Premiere Vocal Competition, as well as received the Merola Opera Program’s Shoshana Grant Award.
Mr. DeSocio earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and his Master of Music at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Leon Major and Dominic Cossa. He is also the only opera singer certified as an Actor Combatant in The Society of American Fight Directors.
“… the undisputed star of this evening was Alex DeSocio as the happy-go-lucky Guglielmo. His richly-colored baritone, immaculate musicianship, flawless Italian diction and magnetic stage presence added up to something close to perfection.”
“The buttery, booming baritone Alex DeSocio (Guglielmo)…was particularly fine…”
“ DeSocio’s rich baritone was everything the character needs: it’s little wonder Adina found him attractive, in spite of his narcissism.“