PRAISED FOR HER “RICH AND CAPACIOUS MEZZO SOPRANO” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE), Cuban-American singer Alexandra Urquiola will join the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart in the 19/20 Season.
As a member of the studio, Urquiola will sing the roles of Annina (La Traviata), Fjodor/Die Aktivistin (Boris Godunow), Ozias (Juditha Triumphans), Linetta (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), and Marta/Pantalis (Mefistofele).
In March, Alexandra joined Steven Blier in premiering the song cycle ELEMENTOS by Clarice Assad in the New York Festival of Song. Reviewers said: “Alexandra Urquiola’s liquid mezzo and striking performance of “Water—Maré de Água Viva (A Tide of Living Water)” fell at the sublime confluence of sorrow and peace.”(I Care if You Listen) Urquiola recently completed her fellowship with the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera Center. At Merola, she sang Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress and covered Tamiri in Il re pastore.
Urquiola workshopped Tobias Picker’s latest opera Awakenings with Opera Theatre of St. Louis,singing the roles of Miriam, Miss Kohl, and Lucy. Alexandra graduated with her Master of Music from the Yale School of Music in 2018. She has performed various roles including Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Paquette (Candide), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Angel 3 (Seven Angels), Popova (The Bear), Mrs. Ott (Susannah), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and has covered the roles of Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Giovanna (Rigoletto), Tamiri (Il re pastore), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Meg March (Little Women). On the concert stage, Alexandra sang as the alto soloist with the Hartford Chorale performing Handel’s Messiah, and performed a series of Baroque music concerts in Munich, Germany with Asam Classical Soloists in December.Urquiola attended the Aspen Music Festival for three years as a fellowship recipient, where she worked on an experimental workshop of Rufus Wainwright’s opera Hadrian, collaborating with the composer in revising the role of Plotina.
Alexandra graduated from Northwestern University with her Bachelor of Music. She recently received an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Art Song Competition and a grant from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation. After winning the Connecticut Division of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Alexandra was a semi-finalist in the New England Region. Urquiola is currently a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, covering the roles of Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Giovanna (Rigoletto).