Roberta Alexander – Soprano
Among the most compelling singing actresses of our time, American soprano Roberta Alexander enjoys international renown for her riveting, incisive characterizations, miraculous vocal and dramatic range. Among the operatic heroines she has unforgettably portrayed are the title role of Janacek’s Jenufa, Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème, and especially the great Mozart heroines: Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, the latter a major success with both the public and the press at the Glyndebourne Festival.
In addition she has performed principal roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, and the major Houses of Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich and Venice. Equally esteemed as an orchestral soloist, Ms. Alexander enjoyed particular success performing Ravel’s Shéhérazade with André Previn and the NDR Sinfonieorchester, telecast throughout Europe. She has also performed with the Vienna, London and Royal Philharmonics; Royal Concertgebouw, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Bavarian Radio Orchestras; Cincinnati, Atlanta and Dallas Symphonies; and collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Leonard Slatkin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Edo De Waart and David Zinman.
An uncommonly communicative recitalist, Ms. Alexander has offered acclaimed programs at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Vienna Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. An especially ardent and persuasive interpreter of American masterworks, her latest recordings include Songs My Mother Taught Me and With You (the latter an anthology of Broadway songs). Her voluminous discography on the Etcetera, Philips, Sony, Teldec and BMG reflects her astonishing mastery of varied vocal styles: songs by Barber, Mozart, Bernstein, Ives, Copland, Strauss, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Puccini and Villa-Lobos; Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Apollo e Daphne, Samson and Theodora; Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo; and such rarities as Goldschmidt’s Der Gewaltige Hahnrei and Beatrice Cenci, Heppener’s Four Songs of Ezra Pound and an Edison-winning recording of Andriessen’s Songs with Orchestra.
“She sang with intense personal involvement, a tone both sweet and plaintive, and a deep sensitivity to the power and meaning of the words.” - The Washington Post
“The singing of Roberta Alexander, in the soprano part, went beyond them to touch the very soul of the music.” - The Boston Globe
“Roberta Alexander was magnificent. She has a powerful, dramatic voice that is also lush and warm. She shone in her solos.” - The Deseret News
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