lecturer/private music instructor
Phone: (518) 580-5320
Office: Zankel Music Center 207
Alexander Turpin (tenor) is a versatile performer whose engagements have brought him abroad to stages in Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Selected roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Father Grenville (Dead Man Walking), Vašek (The Bartered Bride), Balladeer/Oswald (Assassins), and Léon (Signor Deluso). Also a passionate recitalist, selected performances include Schumann’s Dichterliebe and both Liederkreis cycles, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Poulenc’s Tel jour tel nuit, Fauré’s La bonne chanson, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, Sviridov’s Six Romances to Poetry by Pushkin, and Britten’s Canticle II (with Martin Katz, piano). Recent collaborations include with pianist John Elam for their first performances of Schubert’s masterwork Die Winterreise as well as with pianist Taehee Kim for a series of recitals in Seoul, South Korea. Some recent concert works include Hodie (Vaughan Williams) and Elijah (Mendelssohn), as well as concerts celebrating the works of Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter (under the baton of William Jon Gray).
Mr. Turpin is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Master of Music in Vocal Performance)
and the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance), where he
was the winner of the Ornest Award for excellence in vocal study, as well as a prize
winner in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. He has also studied at Humboldt University
in Berlin, Germany (German Language and Culture) as a grant recipient from the Deutscher
Akademischer Austausch Dienst, as well as at St. Petersburg State University in St.
Petersburg, Russia (Russian Language and Literature) through fellowship with the University
of Rochester, after which he was a winner of the Critical Language Scholarship from
the United States Department of State. He is currently a member of the voice faculty
at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.