In 2022, Alexander Chance became the first countertenor to win the International Handel Singing Competition, also winning the Audience Prize.
Alexander Chance was a Choral Scholar and read Classics at New College, Oxford. Solo appearances include a recital in Paris’s Salle Cortot of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and other Baroque works with Les Accents and Thibault Noally; Britten’s Canticles with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake at the Ravenna Festival; Bach’s St John Passion with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists (recorded for Deutsche Grammophon); Bach’s B minor Mass with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan; works by Purcell and Handel with Kristian Bezuidenhout and Freiburger Barockorchester; Handel’s Messiah with orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, London Handel Players and Instruments of Time & Truth; regular appearances with ensembles such as Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier, and La Nuova Musica and David Bates. 2021 saw Chance’s stage debut as Oberon in The Grange Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in 2022 he featured in several stage roles at The Vache Baroque Festival.
2023 highlights include performing the role of Tolomeo in English Touring Opera’s production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Freiburger Barockorchester and Vox Luminis.