The Viennese tenor Alexander Mayr received his first musical education as a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. He began his voice studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg and completed his training as a student of Prof. Franz Lukasovsky at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Alexander Mayr is a specialist in very high tenor parts, with roles such as the Nose and the Sergeant in Shostakovich’s “The Nose”, the Astrologer in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Golden Cockerel” or Arkenholz in Reimann’s “Ghost Sonata” forming the focus his repertoire. His first encounter with modern music came early and he has since then attained much success as an interpreter of contemporary music: his performances include the role of Schreber in the world premiere of the opera “Schreber” by Peter Androsch at the Klagenfurt Theatre and the title role in Param Vir’s opera “Ion” at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Almeida Festival in London; Kaufmann in Wolfgang Rihm’s “Jakob Lenz” at the Salzburg Festival, Toni in Henze’s “Elegy for Young Lovers” at the Vienna Odeon, or in spring 2011 the tenor role in the internationally acclaimed world premiere of Stockhausen’s “Sunday from Light” at the Cologne Opera.
He has collaborated with many renowned conductors and stage directors such as Stefan Soltesz, David Perry, Ivan Anguelov, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Peter Keuschnig, Johannes Kalitzke, Christoph Loy, Brigitte Fassbaender, Andrea Schwalbach, Stein Winge, Sir Peter Ustinov; and the many venues at which he has performed in recent years include the theaters in Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Basel, Lucerne, Lübeck and Oldenburg, the Opernszene Wien, the Neue Oper Wien, the Vienna Chamber Opera, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the Wuppertal Opera House, the Kiel Opera, the Opera Zuid in Maastricht, the Aalto Theatre in Essen and the Frankfurt Opera. He has also performed at the Operetta Festival in Bad Ischl, the Aldeburgh and Almeida (London) Festivals, the Salzburg Festival and the Bregenz Festival, the Vienna Osterklang Festival and the International Chamber Opera Festival in Zwolle, in the Netherlands.
With the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Contrechamps and other orchestras Alexander Mayr has participated in various concert programs such as Orff’s Carmina Burana and opera and operetta galas at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Dortmund Concert House, at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Radio Studio Ernest Ansermet in Geneva, the Mozarteum Concert Hall and the Aula in Salzburg.
In addition to his appearances as a tenor Alexander Mayr has also frequently performed on stage as a counter-tenor.
He is professor of voice at the University for Music in Geneva and senior lecturer in voice at the University for Music and performing Arts in Vienna and regularly holds masterclasses – so at the University of Music in Geneva, the Ferdinand Rebay Music Academy and the International Summer Academy Lilienfeld.
In October 2014 Alexander Mayr concluded his artistic scientific doctorate project “The voce faringea, reconstruction of a lost art” with summa cum laude at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
He has published several scientific studies and articles , e.g. In the Journal of Voice and the Vox Humana and his book entitled “Die Voce faringea, eine Kunst der Belcanto-Tenöre. Geschichte – Physiologie und Akustik – Übungen” will be published by Bärenreiter in November 2018.