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A new Raoul for Australia!  
Brisbane sees another rising perfomer take the stage
Alexander Lewis as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera

The world’s most celebrated musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is renowned world-wide for discovering star performers. When the Brisbane season of Phantom begins playing in Brisbane on 6th February, it is set to catapult another rising Australian performer into the limelight.

Alexander Lewis joins Australia’s first Phantom, Anthony Warlow, Brisbane soprano Ana Marina and the acclaimed Phantom cast from February, in the leading role of Raoul. Alexander will play Raoul throughout the remainder of Phantom’s Australian and New Zealand tour.

Alexander’s performance highlights include being soloist with Opera Australia as Cobweb in Baz Luhrmann’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with The State Opera of South Australia, as third spirit in Verdi’s Macbeth and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Alexander also performed alongside Jill Perryman and Amanda Muggleton in the Centenary Gala Concert for Her Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, and starred in the television series Headland.

The son of acclaimed Australian opera singers, Michael Lewis and Patricia Price, Alexander appeared in Rosie and as Fred Barrett in the musical Titanic. He also performed the role of Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd for Opera Australia. A WAAPA music theatre graduate, Alexander commenced performing in England as a chorister in St Albans Cathedral under the guidance of leading choral master Dr Barry Rose. Whilst at WAAPA Alexander performed the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (directed by John Milson), Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, (directed by Ross Coleman), and featured in The Witches of Eastwick, Jonah, and Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, directed by Tony Sheldon. The recipient of the 2006 New York Study Award, Alexander was a semi finalist in the 2007 Neue Stimmen in Germany.

Alexander said he was looking forward to taking up the challenge of playing Raoul opposite Anthony Warlow, whom he has long admired.

The Phantom of the Opera is the world’s most loved musical so to have the opportunity to play the significant role of Raoul in my home country, opposite the original Phantom, is both a privilege and absolute thrill,” said Alexander.

“Working with Anthony will be quite an experience as I have grown up watching him and have had a reasonably close association with him from a young age – both my parents worked with Anthony for Opera Australia.”

Alexander joins the Phantom cast in rehearsals from January in preparation for his opening night in Brisbane in February.

The Brisbane season commences on 6th February and runs for a limited season. The Phantom of the Opera has been playing to sell out crowds in Melbourne since the national tour opened in July, and has received rave reviews. The production finishes in Melbourne on January 20, before moving to Brisbane, and then onto Sydney opening 11th May, 2008.

The Phantom of the Opera is presented in Australia by The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and The Gordon/Frost Organisation.

Posted on: 31st January 2008

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