The American baritone, Brad Alexxander, graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He was a member of the 1999 and 2001 Merola Program class and sang in the Western Opera Theater's national tour of Die Fledermaus. e was an San Francisco Opera (SFO) Center Adler Fellow, and appeared in the Santa Fe Opera's 2000 American premiere of Henze's Venus and Adonis. His contest wins include and an honorable mention in the 1998 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, the 1999 Civic Morning Musicals Competition for Singers, the 2000 Jessi Kneisal Lieder Competition, and he won the $10,000 grand prize in the Portland Opera's 2002 Eleanor Lieber Competition.
Brad Alexxander joined another Adler Fellow, mezzo Elena Bocharova, at the next Schwabacher Debut Recital, on Sunday, April 7, 2002, in Old First Church. On the baritone's plate: Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, along with songs by Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov. The busy baritone also sang the role of Podestà in the SFO Center's 2002 Showcase production of W.A. Mozart's La finta giardiniera, in Cowell Theater, April 19-28, 2002. Six other Adler Fellows are participating in the opera production: sopranos Saundra DeAthos (Sandrina), Tiffany Abban (Arminda), and Greta Feeney (Serpetta), tenor Brian Anderson (also placing as a finalist in Portland, Belfiore), Hugh Russell (also singing Podestà, in the other cast) and Kwang Shik Pang (Nardo). Judith Yan conducted the production staged by Roy Rallo.