Alexander Chance

Alexander Chance

COUNTER-TENOR

Representation: General Management

Photo: Nina Close

Overview

Counter-tenor Alexander Chance is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most important young interpreters of the male alto repertoire in the UK and across Europe. He was educated at New College, Oxford, where he was a Choral Scholar and read Classics. His subsequent career has so far seen him perform in some of Europe’s leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and Snape Maltings in UK, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, and BOZAR in Brussels. Alexander specialises in the music of Baroque composers such as J S Bach, Henry Purcell and G F Handel, but is equally passionate about performing contemporary works.

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Full Biography

Alexander Chance was born in London in 1992, and educated at New College, Oxford, where he was a Choral Scholar and read Classics, graduating with a first-class degree. During his time as a student, many opportunities for solo performances came his way all over the world, most notably in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco where he sang the alto arias in Bach’s St John Passion. He also made a number of recordings with the New College Choir, including a disc of John Blow symphony anthems, on which he featured heavily as a soloist.

During his time at University he also developed a love of ensemble singing, especially of Renaissance works, and he continues to devote some of his busy concert schedule to ensemble singing, in groups such as The Tallis Scholars, Vox Luminis and The Gesualdo Six. Recent solo appearances include Handel’s Triumph of Time and Truth at King’s Place in London with Edward Higginbottom and The Instruments of Time and Truth, Purcell’s King Arthur at Stour Music with Mark Deller, Messiah with Richard Cooke at Canterbury Cathedral, Bach’s St John Passion with Vox Luminis and Café Zimmermann, Christmas Oratorio with Robert Quinney at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Bach’s Magnificat with Edward Higginbottom at King’s Place, St Matthew Passion with Geraint Bowen at Hereford Cathedral, the role of ‘Micah’ in Handel’s Samson at Stour Music, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Utrecht Early Music Festival, and with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, works by Arvo Pärt at Nargenfestival in Tallinn, and regularly in Oxford with Tom Hammond-Davies and the Oxford Bach Soloists.

2019/2020 projects include recording with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and touring Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Alexander will also be performing solo songs by the 20th Century Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi at the Salzburg Festival, and performing a programme for solo counter-tenor of JC Bach, Schütz and others at Musikfest Bremen. He will also be touring a programme of lute songs with the lutenist Toby Carr in Germany and Holland, featuring works by John Dowland, John Danyel and William Lawes.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to make sure you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Tim Wayne-Wright

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News

New Signing: Alexander Chance

May 30th, 2019

Hazard Chase is thrilled to welcome British counter-tenor Alexander Chance to our vocal roster for worldwide general management.

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Reviews

Bach: Mass in B minor, Edinburgh

“Countertenor Alexander Chance, who is the son of renowned singer Michael Chance and seems likely to rival his father’s reputation.”
Hugh Kerr, The Wee Review, 21st May 2019

Bach: St. John Passion, Paris

“The young counter tenor Alex Chance already has all the qualities of precision and homogeneity that made his “Es ist Vollbracht” a moment of intense meditation”
Philippe Ramin, Bachtrack, 15th April 2019

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Bach: St. John Passion, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

“The tingly fresh sound of Alex Chance contrasted beautifully with the sonorous viola da gamba in ‘Es ist Vollbracht’”
Martin Toet, Place de l’Opera, 13th April 2019,

Handel: Dixit Dominus – Lincoln Center, New York

“There was some very fine singing particularly from countertenor Alexander Chance and sopranos Caroline Weynants and Zsuzsi Töth…”
Christopher Corwin, Parterre Box, February 19th 2018

Handel: Messiah, Alicante

“…His interpretation of the beautiful aria O thou that Tellest good Tidings to Zion was masterful in all its aesthetic attributes. He left his mark of spontaneous and natural excellence…”
José Antonio Cantón, Comunidad Valenciana, 23rd December 2017

Handel: Messiah, Barcelona

“…the heavenly countertenor Alexander Chance”
César López Rosell, El Periódico, 28th December 2017

Handel: Messiah, Canterbury Cathedral

“Alexander Chance, counter-tenor, gave a very sensitive performance with total clarity and perfect diction especially in the 6/8 lilt of “O thou that Tellest good tidings to Sion” and in his searingly moving “He was Despised.”
Lark Reviews, March 13th 2016

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Artist Manager

Tim Wayne-Wright (London)
tim.wayne-wright@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5445