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    Alexandra Picard is emerging as one of the most exciting, young sopranos. Most notable for her portrayals of the Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Musetta and Pamina, the Seattle Times speaks of her “bell-like clarity” while Classical Voice comments on her “charisma and spot on singing” and, of her recent performances of La Bohème, the Everett Herald comments that she “makes a big impression … and knocks it out of the ball park.” Of her recent performance as the Queen of the Night, the Spokesman Review raves “… her singing was arresting… Alexandra Picard tossed off the notorious series of high F’s with complete assurance and at a dauntingly high speed.”
     She has sung Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote for Rogue Opera in Oregon, for the New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy, for the Willamette Concert Opera in Oregon, and she will return in the role for Spokane Opera in Washington this season. She has performed Musetta in La Bohème for Skagit Opera in Washington, and for the Russian Opera Centre in San Francisco; Pamina in Die Zauberflote in Rome, Italy, and in Seattle, Washington; Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Bellevue Opera in Washington, and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera in Oakland, California.
    In concert Alexandra has enjoyed performances of Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra where she will return this season for Strauss’ Four Last Songs. She originated the role of the Ghost of Butterfly in the jazz opera Welcome to the Voice for the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York with Steve Nieve and Elvis Costello on Broadway. This season she will perform excerpts from Norma and The Merry Widow for the Columbia City Chorale and Orchestra in Missouri and she will travel to Paris, France for a gala concert for the Embassy of the United States. Upcoming concert performances will also include Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah.
    Alexandra was born in New York City, graduated from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a returning member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Roles under preparation include Violetta in La Traviata; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos; Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette; and Gilda in Rigoletto and Gerhilde in Die Walküre, both of which she will debut this season.