Alexandria Shiner, soprano, is a Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (now known as the Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition) and continues to garner critical acclaim for her “blazing soprano” (Wall Street Journal).
Ms. Shiner’s 23/24 season is highlighted by debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra for a fully staged production of Die Zauberflöte (Erste Dame) under the baton of music director Franz Welser-Möst and concert performances of Idomeneo (Elettra) at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon. Additional engagements include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a fully staged Frank Gehry production of Das Rheingold (Wellgunde) conducted by music director Gustavo Dudamel and the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Der fliegende Holländer. Future engagements include a return to The Metropolitan Opera.
Last season Alexandria returned to Washington National Opera for a new production of Elektra (Die vierte Magd and Die Schleppträgerin) directed by Francesca Zambello and Il trovatore (Leonora cover), The Metropolitan Opera for the new Simon McBurney production of Die Zauberflöte (Erste Dame) conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, and debuted with Arizona Opera for The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess). She also joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Ernani.
In 21/22 she debuted at The Metropolitan Opera in Elektra (Die vierte Magd) conducted by Donald Runnicles and returned to Washington National Opera for Come Home: A Celebration of Return and Wolf Trap Opera for Der Freischütz (Agathe). On the concert stage, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in Act III of Die Walküre (Gerhilde) conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and Victoria Symphony (Canada) as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by music director Christian Kluxen.
In the summer of 2021, she returned to The Glimmerglass Festival for Il trovatore (Leonora), a Wagner concert entitled Gods and Mortals, and a musical theater concert entitled To The World. Recent orchestral engagements include Verdi’s Messa di Requiem with Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandria is a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artists Program at Washington National Opera where she was seen in The Magic Flute (First Lady), The Consul (Magda), Don Carlo (Celestial Voice), the world premiere of Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents (Kayla), and the title role in Handel’s Alcina. Additional performances include the North American premiere of Liszt’s lost opera Sardanapalo (Mirra), the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) with WNO and The Glimmerglass Festival. Concert appearances included Schmitt’s Psaume XLVII with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.