Alexandra Deshorties continues to distinguish herself as one of the leading young sopranos of her generation. Ms. Deshorties’ recent highlights include Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Norwegian Opera, Juno La Calisto for Cincinatti Opera, Elisabetta I Roberto Devereux for Welsh National Opera and her role and house debut as Desdemona in Otello and Juliana Bordereau The Aspern Papers, both for Dallas Opera, along with her recital debut at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Future roles include Julia La Vestale for Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Bard of Germania/Queen of the Wood in the world-premiere of Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis for Welsh National Opera. This summer she will sing Elisabetta in concert performances of Maria Stuarda opposite Angela Meade in the title role for the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, she made her house debut as the High Priestess in Aida, and has since appeared as Elettra in Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni, Echo inAriadne auf Naxos (which was taped for television broadcast) and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, all of which were conducted by James Levine. She also appeared as Musetta in La Bohéme and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Other past opera engagements have included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Palm Beach Opera and in Fairbanks, Alaska, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro for the Peter Mattei Festival in Luleå, Sweden and the title-role Medea for Glimmerglass Opera. She recently made her debuts in Valencia as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and at the Bard Festival as Valentine in Les Huguenots. Other roles include Fiordiligi at the San Francisco Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the La Coruña Festival in Spain, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and in the Jonathan Miller production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Donna Anna at the Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival (in the Peter Brook production which was released on DVD in Europe), and the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland; Violetta in La Traviata at the Arizona Opera, and Elettra for Houston Grand Opera. She also made her role debut as Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare with Seattle Opera, and sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and the Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at the Portland Opera Repertory Theater.
On the concert platform she has appeared with the Munich Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (at the Hollywood Bowl), Seattle Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and at the Salzburg Festival. Conductors with whom she has worked include David Atherton, Edward Gardner, Daniel Harding, Rene Jacobs, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Michael Stern and Patrick Summers. She has also performed selections from Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, and vocal music by Anton Weber with Maestro Levine and the Met Chamber Ensemble in Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Deshorties studied at the Marseilles Conservatory, where she earned a gold medal/first prize. She continued her education at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1999, she was the 1st place winner of the Leonie Rysanek memorial prize from the George London Foundation Audition.