With a voice hailed as "hauntingly beautiful" by Opera News, American soprano Alexandra Schoeny is swiftly garnering recognition on both sides of the Atlantic for her "crystal-clear voice" and "convincing expression."
Alexandra will perform on the inaugural concert of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, a new festival of art song, performing songs of Libby Larsen and Ned Rorem, October 16, 2016. She will also appear at Christ Church Cathedral with pianist Marcus Küchle in a program including Rachmaninov Op. 38 songs. She appears in April, 2017 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. She then returns to Cincinnati Opera for their 2017 as the First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute.
In 2015/16, Alexandra debuted with the Omaha Symphony, performing Handel's Messiah. She also appeared in the autumn of 2015 with the New European Ensemble (The Hague, The Netherlands) in Arvo Pärt's Stabat Mater. In January 2016, Alexandra appeared as Mrs. Julian in the "extraordinarily successful" Owen Wingrave with the Theater Osnabrück in Germany. March 2016 brought her debut with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 4. She also appeared with Reno Philharmonic in Carmina Burana, which she also sang at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center with The Temple University Symphony. She returned to Cincinnati Opera In June for the world premiere of Fellow Travelers, an opera by Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce in a performance noted as "venomous," (Opera News) and "nicely spiteful," (The Wall Street Journal). Summer brings a performance with the baroque ensemble Cincinnati Collegium in a program of Mozart's Requiem and concert arias.
2014/15 performances included reprisals of Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), Dircé (Médée), and a role debut as Adéle (Die Fledermaus) with Netherlands Philharmonic in Amsterdam's Bredeweg Festival. She also made a role debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Dutch National Opera's production Zingen bij DNO.
2013/14 performances include Dircé (Médée) and a reprise of her portrayal of Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), both in the Netherlands. She appeared again in Cincinnati Opera's summer festival as Frasquita (Carmen), following her debut with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in the same role. Alexandra also appeared in what was reviewed as a "star turn" in excerpts from Candide with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the extremely popular Cincinnati event LumenoCity.
Summer 2013 saw her return to Cincinnati Opera as Artist-in-Residence, where she performed Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Marie-Celeste/Duchess Christina (Galileo Galilei), and the High Priestess (Aida), as well as covering the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.
Alexandra made role debuts as Frasquita (Carmen, November 2012) and Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave, January 2013) in the Netherlands. In 2012, she debuted with Cincinnati Opera as Nella, Gianni Schicchi and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Clarina in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.
In 2011, she appeared to acclaim as Sofia in Il Signor Bruschino (Rossini) under the baton of Maestro Richard Egarr, with performances at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Das Konzerthaus, Berlin. Other performances that year included Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Dutch National Opera Academy), Despina (Leidse Hout Festival), and Thérèse (Les mamelles de Tirésias, Residentie Orkest).
Her work in the field of oratorio is also broad. She appeared as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the St. Matthew Passion at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki. Major oratorio appearances include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Handel's Messiah, C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart’s C minor Mass.
She received a Master of Opera from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (2011), a Master of Music, DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music (2009) where she was awarded the Clifton Prize for Singing Finalists for finishing first in her class, and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in 2007. She appeared with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, English National Opera OperaWorks, and Aspen Opera Theatre Center.