Praised by Opera News for her “impassioned singing”, Polish-American coloratura soprano Alexandra Nowakowski was scheduled to begin her 2020-21 season by joining the roster of The Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
This season, Ms. Nowakowski makes her Polish debut in a NYE concert with the Opera Baltycka in Gdansk, Poland. She returned to Wolf Trap Opera this summer, where she was originally scheduled to sing the role of Hilde Mack in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers. In 2019 she performed the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap to critical acclaim, including that of the Washington Classical Review, stating that she “brought strength and sincerity” and “finessed the coloratura demands of the aria ‘Grossmächtige Prinzessin’ with panache and airy nuance, as refreshing as a gin fizz.” As a Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Ms. Nowakowski performed the roles of Papagena and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute at the Kennedy Center, as well as the role of Anna Gomez in The Consul staged by Francesca Zambello with the DCYAP. She performed Nannetta in scenes from Falstaff as well as Clorinda in scenes from La Cenerentola in concert with the WNO Orchestra under the baton of Joseph Colaneri on the Kennedy Center stage. Ms. Nowakowski has had a string of recent solo orchestral debuts, including Mozart’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony, a NYE Concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and as Gilda in a concert version of Rigoletto, broadcast on medici.tv with the Verbier Festival. Ms. Nowakowski was recently awarded First Prize in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Competition, the Partners for the Arts Competition, the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition.
Nowakowski in particular gave a searching, dramatic interpretation of every phrase, culminating in “Dulcissime”: “Sweetest one, I give myself to you totally!” This has to be one of the most passionate utterances in great music, and Nowakowski delivered with pure, splendid perfection. (Broad Street Review)
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