Tenor Alex Richardson returns to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2021-22 season to cover the role of Laertes in Brett Dean’s Hamlet and joins Santa Fe Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Richardson has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde under Sir Simon Rattle and 4th Jew in Salome under Johannes Debus and has covered Loge in Das Rheingold, the 1st Knight in Parsifal, Lucas in The Exterminating Angel, and Alwa in Lulu. He sang Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il postino and Cavaradossi in Tosca at Opera Southwest, Don José in Carmen with the Fort Wayne Symphony, and Alfredo in La traviata at the Northern Lights Music Festival. At Santa Fe Opera he was Soldier Ruiz Alonzo in Golijov’s Ainadamar, directed by Peter Sellars, subsequently performing the role of the Bullfighter in Ainadamar in his debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ojai and Ravinia festivals, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mr. Richardson holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Manhattan School of Music. He has been honored by competitions including the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Laureen Butler Competition of El Paso Opera (first place), and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (two-time regional winner).