Zhanna Alkhazova

Zhanna Alkhazova

Spinto Soprano

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«“At the May 15 performance, the Manon, Zhanna Alkhazova, flaunted a cool, silvery soprano with a high C whose poise Anna Netrebko might envy. What’s more, she made the unlikely “love at first sight” plot point in the first act utterly believable with the sort of beguiling flashing glances one reads about but seldom sees outside of an Ava Gardner film.”»
James jorden, new york observer (2017)
«“As a soloist, Alkhazova revealed an instrument capable of heart-stopping mastery, shifting swiftly from sounds of burnished gold to softly pinging, pitch-perfect tones, all in the upper register…her sound utterly ravishing”»
leslie weisman dcmetrotheaterarts.com (2017)
«soprano Zhanna Alkhazova is a veritable force of nature, like a hurricane; never losing her firm grasp on solid technique, she invests each aria with the passion we want to hear at the opera. We have heard her as Donna Elvira (review can be found by entering her name in the search bar) and was happy to learn that her French in Jules Massenet's "Il est doux, il est bon" from Hérodiade was just as fine as her Italian in "D'Oreste, d'Ajace" from Mozart's Idomeneo. With arias of two different moods, she used her skills at word coloring to fine advantage, tender in one and fierce in the other."»
vocedimeche.com (2017)
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2017Rubinstein: The DemonTamara
2017Verdi: AidaAida
2017Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2017Blitzstein: ReginaAlexandra "xan" Giddens
2016Verdi: Don CarloÉlisabeth de Valois
2015Bizet: CarmenMicaela
2014Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2014Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca

Bio


Rising soprano Zhanna Alkhazova has most recently made her debut in the title role of Turandot with NJ Verismo Opera. In her young career, she has already made an positive impression on critics and audiences alike. Of her performance in the title role as Manon Lescaut, James Jorden of the NY Observer wrote: “ the Manon, Zhanna Alkhazova, flaunted a cool, silvery soprano with a high C whose poise Anna Netrebko might envy. What’s more, she made the unlikely “love at first sight” plot point in the first act utterly believable with the sort of beguiling flashing glances one reads about but seldom sees outside of an Ava Gardner film.” Her voice has been described as “sultry” and “rich with power to spare”, “an instrument capable of heart-stopping mastery.”
This season, she has made her Sarasota Opera debut in the title role of Manon Lescaut, stepping in for an ailing colleague. Next, she is scheduled to make her Sarasota Festival of Vocal Arts debut singing excerpts from Manon Lescaut. This fall she will return to perform with Russian Chamber Art Society in Washington, DC.

In the 2016-2017 season, she made her Geneva Opera debut in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and a Roman Borgman Opera debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore. Earlier in the season she debuted as Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Opera.

In the 2015-2016 season Ms. Alkhazova made her debut in the title role of Manon Lescaut with Regina Opera. Other highlights of the season included her role debut as Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo. She made her Lincoln Center debut as part of the Chinese New Year Celebration Recital Series. Her Chamber Art Society performance in Washington, DC where she sang in a joint recital of Russian chamber music earned great critical acclaim.

She is an active performer on concert stages in the United States, where she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. Internationally, she has performed in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Russia, where she headlined a critically acclaimed recital tour. She is a featured soloist with the Refugee Orchestra Project and has been featured on the cover of a Russian-American magazine.
Ms. Alkhazova was awarded top prizes in the NJ Verismo Opera Competition, the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, the Arkadi Foundation Competition and the Rhode Island NATS Competition. She was named finalist in the Career Bridges Competition, Kaliningrad International “Nightingale” Competition and a semi-finalist in The Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition and the Elizabeth Connell International Competition for Dramatic Sopranos.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Ms. Alkhazova grew up in the New England area where she completed her studies, graduating with a Master of Music Degree from Boston University. She currently resides in New York City.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut Immediately Sarasota Opera 2018
Puccini: Turandot Turandot Immediately New Jersey Verismo Opera 2018
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Immediately Geneva Light Opera 2017
Rubinstein: The Demon Tamara Immediately Commonwealth Lyric Opera 2017
Verdi: Aida Aida No New Jersey Verismo Opera 2017

Awards

winner: New Jersey Verismo Opera Singing Competition
2017
semi-finalist: Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition
2017
finalist: New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition
2017
semi-finalist: Elizabeth Connell International Vocal Competition
2017
winner: Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition
2017