Hailed as "powerful and projecting" (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) as well as a “promising young soprano,” (Los Angeles Times) Alexandra Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic and concert stage. This season, Ms. Loutsion returns to Central City Opera to make her principal artist debut with the company singing Berta in The Barber of Seville for summer 2013. She will also cover Mihoko Kinoshita in the title role of Madama Butterfly for Opera Santa Barbara, and sing the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist.
Ms. Loutsion returned to Pittsburgh Opera in the 2011-2012 season singing the Mother and the Witch in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Annina in Verdi's La Traviata as a Resident Artist with the company. Ms. Loutsion also made her debut with Opera on the James as the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, with the Boston Court Performing Arts Center as Euridice in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, and spent the summer as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera where she covered the title role in Puccini's Tosca, the leading role of Anna in Rossini rarityMaometto II, and was heard as Maddalena de Coigny in scenes from Giordano's Andrea Chénier at the annual Apprentice Showcase Scenes. Concert work this season included the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Erie Philharmonic, “Mostly Mozart” Concert with the McKeesport Symphony, and “Puccini Brought to Life” Concert with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival.
Ms. Loutsion began a busy 2010-2011 season as Berta in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Pittsburgh Opera and also was heard as Armida in Handel's Rinaldo. As an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, Ms. Loutsion was heard as the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly family performance and as Melissa in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula family performance, as well as Minerva in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, La Dame Elegante in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen.
Previous operatic performances have included Second Woman in The Dido Project (Dido and Aeneas) with Sybarite 5, Sie in Hartmann's Wachsfiguren Kabinett with the Aspen Music Festival, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni with USC Thornton Opera, and Anna Galawari in Lehár's The Merry Widow with Ithaca College Opera. Ms. Loutsion also performed as Fay Doyle in the west coast premiers of Lowell Liebermann's Miss Lonelyhearts with USC Thornton Opera and as Isabella in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot as part of the Ring Festival LA.
An advocate for living composers and contemporary works, Ms. Loutsion has also given performances of Witch 3 in Krausas' The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth with Vera Ikon Productions, Alma Winemiller in Hoiby's Summer and Smoke with USC Thornton Opera, the premier of Shankler's Sharp for soprano and chamber orchestra. She can be heard as the soprano soloist on the soundtrack of Lucir Y Sombra.
On the concert stage, Ms. Loutsion has sung Greig's Peer Gynt with the Aspen Music Festival, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Aspen Conductor's Project, scenes from Puccini's La Bohème with the AOTC, selections from Catalani's La Wally with the Pittsburgh Opera. She also had the honor of singing for His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Athenagoras Human Rights Award Weekend Celebration in New York City.
Ms. Loutsion was a winner of both the Metropolitan National Council District Auditions and Long Beach Mozart Competition, as well as a finalist in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition and a semi-finalist in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. She is the recipient of the Santa Fe Opera Anna Case MacKay Award, Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Central City Opera John Moriarty Award, and the Aspen Music Festival New Horizon Fellowship. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.
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