Hailed as a "powerful and projecting" (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), "promising young soprano," (Los Angeles Times) Alexandra Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances as a rising star on the operatic and concert stage. This season she returns to Pittsburgh Opera as Almera in a new production of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, makes her debut at Dayton Opera as Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, and covers Leonore in a new production of Fidelio at the Santa Fe Opera conducted by Harry Bicket.
In the 2012-13 season, Ms. Loutsion made principal artist debuts with Washington Concert Opera and Central City Opera. She also covered Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at Opera Santa Barbara, a role she has previously performed with Opera on the James and Central City Opera (Family Performance). As a first year Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera in 2012, Ms. Loutsion covered the title role in Puccini's Tosca, the leading role of Anna in Rossini’s Maometto II, and was heard as Maddalena di Coigny in excerpts from Giordano's Andrea Chénier.
Ms. Loutsion recently concluded her tenure as a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, where she was seen as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo and Gertrude/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent roles have included Euridice in Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center; Melissa in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula, Minerva in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, and Frasquita in Carmen with Central City Opera; Sie in Karl Hartmann's Wachsfiguren Kabinett at the Aspen Music Festival; and Isabella in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot as part of the Ring Festival LA.
Ms. Loutsion’s recent concert engagements have included the soprano solo in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Erie Philharmonic and as a guest artist with the Ithaca College Orchestra; a concert of Puccini excerpts at the Sanibel Music Festival; and soprano solos in Grieg's Peer Gynt and Mahler's Symphony #4 at the Aspen Music Festival. An advocate for living composers and contemporary works, Ms. Loutsion has given performances of Witch 3 in Veronika Krausas' The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth with Vera Ikon Productions, premiered Issac Shankler's Sharp for soprano and chamber orchestra. She can be heard as the female vocal soloist on the soundtrack of the film Lucir Y Sombra.
Ms. Loutsion was a winner of 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 national finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Competition. She is the recipient of the Santa Fe Opera Anna Case MacKay Award, the Shoshana Foundation's Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Central City Opera John Moriarty Award, and the Aspen Music Festival New Horizon Fellowship. She holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Southern California and Ithaca College.
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