Named one of CBC’s 2017 “30 Hot Musicians Under 30”, soprano Alexandra Smither has been making a name for herself in the worlds of old and new music. She made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in as Younger Alyce in their production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, in which she “imbued her solo aria “My Darling Jim” with heartbreaking tenderness” (Texas Classical Review). She returns to Houston Grand Opera in May singing the role of Diana in the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. Additionally she has appeared on the operatic stage as Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel, Rice University), Mrs. Waters (The Boatswain’s Mate, Opera5), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride, Music Academy of the West), and Lydia (Second Nature, Music Academy of the West).
She swept all top prizes in the prestigious 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatée Competition, including the prize for best performance of the commissioned work. She subsequently toured her prize-winning recital of contemporary works across Canada. As a Soprano Fellow, she made her Tanglewood Music Festival debut alongside Emanuel Ax in June of 2017 for a performance of Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.” She returns as a Fellow again in 2018; performances will include the premiere of a new piece for soprano and wind dectet by Theo Chandler. Also comfortable in early music, she has sung with ensembles Ars Lyrica and Emmanuel Music.
2018 brings performances at the Banff Centre, Melbourne Metropolis Festival, Vancouver’s “Music in the Morning”, a recital tour of Japan, and the inaugural tour of PushBack Collective with bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward. Ms. Smither has held fellowships at Songfest, Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre, and Music Academy of the West. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BMus 2014) and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MMus 2016); as a graduate of the University of Toronto she received the music faculty’s highest graduating award, the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Memorial Fellowship. She was a co-founder of Rice University’s student contemporary ensemble Hear&Now, and is currently a member of the Houston based new music ensemble Loop38.