Underwriters: Saul and Ursula Balagura and Trey Yates
About the artist: Prior to joining the HGO Studio, Alex Munger was a staff pianist at the University of Illinois, where he helped prepare La bohème and The Rape of Lucretia, among other duties. In 2018, Alex was a fellowship pianist with the Aspen Opera Center, where he worked on Il barbiere di Siviglia; he returned to Aspen in the summer of 2019. He received his master of music degree in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois, where he worked on productions of Don Giovanni and Hansel and Gretel. Previous engagements include the Bay View Music Festival (Carmen), where he returned in 2019 as a faculty pianist for its two-week opera and art song program. In the summer of 2020, he was scheduled to be a coaching fellow at Wolf Trap Opera. During the 2019-20 season at HGO, he coached Rigoletto and La favorite. He appeared with tenor Richard Trey Smagur in a recital of Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Houston’s Jones Hall in a program of songs and choruses presented by the Houston Symphony.
HGO appearances: Coach for Werther (COVID-19 cancellation), The Snowy Day, La Cenerentola (COVID-19 cancellation), and The Sound of Music. He will also appear with HGO Studio singers in recital and other performances. Second-year HGO Studio artist.
Previously at HGO: Coach for Rigoletto, La favorite, and The Magic Flute (COVID-19 cancellation). He also appeared with HGO Studio singers in recital and other performances.
Artist’s website: http://alexmunger.com/