Aler, John, American tenor; b. Baltimore, Oct. 4, 1949. He studied with Rilla Mervine and Raymond McGuire at the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C. (MM, 1972), with Oren Brown at the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School in N.Y. (1972–76), with Marlene Malas, and at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. In 1977 he made his operatic debut as Ernesto at the American Opera Center, the same year he won 1st prizes for men and for the interpretation of French art song at the Concours International de Chant in Paris. In 1979 he made his European operatic debut as Belmonte at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He made his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Ferrando in 1986. In 1988 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Don Ottavio. In 1993 he sang at the London Promenade Concerts. He also sang in many other operatic centers and pursued a career as a concert and oratorio singer.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire