BY KRISTEN SULLIVAN
Alex Domini, a native of Spring Valley, was recently chosen as one of 39 singers out of over 1,000 applicants to participate in The Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists Program, an internationally recognized apprenticeship program for young singers in Cooperstown, NY.
Domini started his musical theatre career performing with Spring Valley High School’s Thespian Troop 721. He says the director Stacey Tirro is “the wonderful woman” who saw his talent and potential and took him under her wing.
That’s when he realized theatre was his passion and something he wanted to pursue as a career. He said, “I really do credit my High School Troop for being the reason I got into all the arts and I just want to reiterate that because the Thespian Troop in Spring Valley High School got me where I am.”
He then moved on to the Hartt School in Hartford, CT and graduated with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre this past May. While in school he also performed in other summer stock experiences throughout the summers. He said, “It’s been such a wonderful experience and I’ve been really lucky with where I’ve worked and with such fantastic people and this is no exception.”
As for being chosen as one of 39 out of over 1,000 applicants he said, “This place is so fascinating. In the musical theatre world this place isn’t well known but in the opera world this is a huge huge opportunity and an incredible experience for everyone involved, so when I found out how huge this was I was really excited, overwhelmed and intimidated by all the big voices I was going to be around for the next three months.”
To get into the program, Alex attended an open call in New York. They had him sing and he found out the next day that he had gotten the part. It was a lot quicker than usual so he was very excited to sign his contract the next week. Domini said he was selected as one of six people to help out with musical theatre based work.
This summer Domini will appear as fisherman/policeman in “Carousel,” which runs July 12 through August 22 and will understudy the role of master of the estate in “Ariadne in Naxos.” He is keeping his focus on this project and hopes he can cultivate the contacts that he’s making and create a larger network for himself. He wants to keep moving forward and enjoy what a wonderful opportunity he has this summer!