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Alex Potter (Counter-tenor)

Born: England

The English counter-tenor, Alex Potter, began his musical career as a chorister at Southwark Cathedral. Later he was a Choral Scholar and read music at New College, Oxford. He then went on to pursue further studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Gerd Türk.

Since finishing his studies, Alex Potter has specialised in 17th and 18th-century music, working with conductors, such as Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Daniel Reuss, Peter Neumann and Philippe Pierlot. Solo-engagements have taken him to festivals such as the Festival internazionale di Musica e Arte sacra in Rome, the Feldkirch Festival in Austria, and the Prague Spring Festival.

Recent highlights include J.S Bach's Johannes Passion (BWV 245) at the Philharmonie in Essen with Peter Neumann, the same work with Ad Fontes Baroque Orchestra directed by Peter Schreier in Solothurn (April 2006), staged performances of George Frideric Handelís Susannah at the Stadttheater in Koblenz, Jan Dismas Zelenkaís Missa Votiva with Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius, and the role of Second Witch and Spirit in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas with Philippe Pierlot/Collegium Vocale Gent at Folle Journée festival in Nantes, which was broadcast live by Arte television.

His discography includes the role of Azaria in J.D. Zelenkaís oratorio Il serpente di Bronzo with Ensemble Inegal in Prague and number of recordings as a member of the choir Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe, with whom he appears as a soloist in Heinrich Schützís Schwanengesang.

Future plans include Purcell Verse Anthems with Philippe Herreweghe in Tuscany, G.F. Handelís Saul in the Rheingau Festival with Peter Neumann, Bach Cantatas with the Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot and Duet Recitals in Canada together with counter-tenor Matthew White.

Source: Alex Potter Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Laurent Gendre


BWV 234, BWV 235

Philippe Herreweghe


Memberr of Collegium Vocale Gent:
BWV 2, BWV 20, BWV 176

Tobias Hiller


BWV 232

Václav Luks


Video: BWV 243, BWV 249

Rudolf Lutz


DVD: BWV 7, BWV 66, BWV 110, BWV 125, BWV 138, BWV 151, BWV 161, BWV 185; Duet from BWV 172

Lars Ulrik Mortensen


BWV 232

Roland Wilson


BWV 2, BWV 7, BWV 38

Links to other Sites

Alex Potter - Countertenor (Official Website) [English/German]


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