Described as a 'stage-animal' (Merker), 'electrifying' (Welt) and hailed for her 'powerful soprano' (Musikultur Berlin) and 'exquisite musicality' (Opera Magazine), soprano Alexandra Hutton grew up in the small Australian country town of Bingara and is now based in Europe as a principle ensemble member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. During the 2017/18 season she makes her role debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, 5th Magd (Elektra) as well as reprising the role of Tebaldo (Don Carlo) and her critically acclaimed portrayals of Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Musetta (La Boheme)
Alexandra has been honing her craft at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since making her debut there as Papagena in 2012, before joining the company as a Förderkreis Stipendiatin in the 2013/14 season. Her roles there includeZerlina (Don Giovanni), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), 2nd Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Frasquita (Carmen),Xenia (Boris Godunov), Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia (Hoffmann), 2nd Niece (Peter Grimes), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Giannetta (L'elisir d'amore) and Lisette in Rolando Villazon's 2015 production of Puccini's La Rondine.
Other roles include Comtesse Adele (Le Comte Ory), Blondchen (Die Entfürung aus dem Serail), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Marzelline (Fidelio) and Annina (La Traviata) at the Staatsoper Berlin with Maestro Daniel Barenboim. As a Britten-Pears Young Artist she sang Miss Wordsworth in Oliver Mears' production of Albert Herring with Steuart Bedford and Dame Felicity Lott as Lady Billows. She also sang the 1st Niece in Peter Grimes for the 2013 Aldeburgh Music Festival, both in concert at Snape Maltings as well as in the critically acclaimed production on Aldeburgh Beach.
She has sung with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at Cadogan Hall and was the Soprano Soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Philharmonic Orchestra at the recent Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester Cathedral. She made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie as the 2nd Blumenmädchen (Parsifal) with Maestro Donald Runnicles and will return there this Christmas to sing the Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel) with Maestro Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Alexandra grew up in the small Australian country town of Bingara in northern NSW. On graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she immediately joined Opera Australia's schools touring company Oz Opera and performed across regional NSW and Victoria as Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Cinderella in an adaptation of Rossini's La Cenerentola. She continued her post-graduate in London at the Royal College of Music where she sang the Shepherdess in Handel's Il Pastor Fido with Lawrence Cummings as part of the London Handel Festival. She made her international operatic debut in 2012 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Papagena and subsequently joined the company as a 'Stipendiat' young artist in 2013.
She appears on a number of recordings and DVD's including the Grammy nominated Christoph Loy production of Janacek's Jenufa from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rolando Villazon's 2015 production of La Rondine (also from the Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Aldeburgh Music's critically acclaimed Peter Grimes (on the beach).
Alexandra is a recipient of many awards including the City of Sydney Eisteddfod Soprano Award, the Patricia Fagan Operatic Aria, Farleigh Vocal Scholarship, Herman Shildberger Memorial Award, Wollongong Eisteddfod Operatic Aria, Robert Stolz Viennese Music Society Award, as well as the Tait Memorial Trust Googie Withers Award. She placed 2nd in the 30th International Belvedere Singing Competition (Operetta) and was also awarded the Deutsche Oper Berlin Sonderpreis. Frequently lauded for her acting and stagecraft, Alexandra has been a passionate performer from a young age. Whilst still in high school, she competed in and won the Shakespeare Globe Centre Australia National Competition (as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew) and participated in the 2001 National Youth production "Cry Havoc". With her vocal versatility and love of the stage, she has also appeared in many theatre and musical theatre productions in Sydney including Cathy (The Last Five Years), Cinderella/Rapunzel (Into the Woods), Jennifer (The Witches of Eastwick), Sally Brown (You're a good man, Charlie Brown), Maggie (Lend me a tenor), Meg (Seven Little Australians), Rosina (The Venetian Twins), Avril/Mallory (City of Angels) and Hope Cladwell (Urinetown).
Musetta in La Boheme (Deutsche Oper Berlin). Photo: B Stoess
Giulietta in Hoffmann (Deutsche Oper Berlin). Photo: S. Brinker
Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore (Deutsche Oper Berlin).