Praised for her “rich and capacious mezzo soprano” (San Francisco Chronicle), Alexandra Urquiola completed her fellowship with the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera Center.
The Cuban-American singer’s performance of “There is a Garden” by Leonard Bernstein was described as “urgent and sensitive” (Bay Area Reporter) as well as a “haunting rendition” (San Francisco Classical Voice) during the Merola Grand Finale. At Merola, Urquiola sang Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress and covered Tamiri in Il re pastore.
Urquiola graduated with her Master of Music from the Yale School of Music last Spring. 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 Tamiri (Il re pastore), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Meg March (Little Women). On the concert stage, Alexandra premiered the song cycle ELEMENTOS by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. She also sang as the alto soloist with the Hartford Chorale performing Handel’s Messiah, and performed in a series of Christmas 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, a grant from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, and was a semi-finalist for the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition. After winning the Connecticut Division of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Alexandra was a semi-finalist in the New England Region. In March, Urquiola will take part in the workshopping of Tobias Picker’s newest opera Awakenings with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, singing the roles of Miriam H, Miss Kohl, and Lucy. This summer, Urquiola will return to St. Louis to cover the roles of Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Giovanna (Rigoletto) as a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program.
“There is a Garden”
NYFOS: HYPHENATED-AMERICANS, 2019, CADENZA
Urquiola's warm, ingratiating mezzo-soprano brought the vivid texts to life, with clear diction and soaring phrasing.
NYFOS: HYPHENATED-AMERICANS, 2019, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
“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.”
Merola Grand Finale, 2018, Bay Area Reporter
Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola was moving in her urgent and sensitive "I was standing in a garden," from "Trouble in Tahiti" by Leonard Bernstein.
Merola: The Rake’s Progress, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle
“Alexandra Urquiola deployed her rich and capacious mezzo-soprano winningly but all too briefly as the brothel keeper Mother Goose...”
Merola Grand Finale, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle
“Quick swerves between styles and centuries are a matter of course at a Merola finale. No sooner had the grinning tenor WooYoung Yoon celebrated the high C’s he’d just hit in “Ah, mes amis!” from Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment” than mezzo Alexandra Urquiola was spilling out her poignant if somewhat occluded garden dream to her psychiatrist in Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti.””
Merola Grand Finale, 2018, San Francisco Classical Voice
“Below the stage, the S.F. Opera Orchestra, conducted by Nashville Opera’s Dean Williamson, shifted smoothly from one genre of music to another, doing equal justice to Rossini (after a somewhat labored start, at the orchestra’s return from summer vacation), Donizetti, Richard Strauss, and an especially poignant Bernstein — accompanying Alexandra Urquiola’s haunting rendition of “I was standing in a garden” from Trouble in Tahiti.”
Merola Opera Program: The Rake’s Progress, 2018, parterre.com
“….Alexandra Urquiola a seductive Mother Goose (for once, she was sung nicely!)”
Merola Opera Program: The Rake’s Progress, 2018, The Berkeley Daily Planet
“…mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola’s ribald portrayal of Mother Goose, the madam of a brothel;”