My Mother's Red Shawl

Photo by Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
from My Mother’s Red Shawl series

Canadian soprano Alexandra Hill is at home performing both operatic and concert repertoire. Operatic roles include Musetta (La Bohème) with the Vancouver Opera Project, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with ViVacethe Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) with the Theatre of Early Music, and Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia)Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring) and Metalla (La vie Parisienne) with Opera McGill. Alexandra is a 2012 member of the Advanced Artist program at OperaWorks in Los Angeles, California. She was the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Haydn’s Seasons with the Cowichan Consort, and the soprano soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah with Dunbar Heights Orchestra and Chorus. This year, she was invited to sing in a concert series with Opera Nanaimo in support of their inaugural year, was the soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem at Dunbar Heights United Church in Vancouver, and became a member of the new Vancouver chamber music ensemble, the Postmodern Camerata.

Alexandra holds a Masters and a Bachelors of Music with Honours and of Music with Distinction from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, in addition to a minor in German language and literature.  During her time at McGill, Alexandra was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship and the Austrian Society of Montréal scholarship, for studies in Germany and Austria respectively. Alexandra is a Franz Schubert Institute alumni member (2007, 2008) and a member of the Oxford Lieder Festival alumni (2008, 2009).

In the summer of 2009, Alexandra moved to Stavanger, Norway to pursue voice studies with Norwegian mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith and Dutch baritone Wout Oosterkamp, during which time she performed with the Hilliard Ensemble, Norwegian violist Lars Anders Tomter and violinist Jan Bjøranger at the 2009 Stavanger Arvo Pärt Festival.  In 2010, Alexandra moved to Belgium to study with American baritone Stephan Salters. Since the fall of 2012, Alexandra has been based in Vancouver, and has been studying with Canadian soprano Heidi Klassen.