AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Hailed as "a singer to watch" (The Washington Post) with a voice that is “powerful and projecting" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Alexandra Loutsion continues to be recognized for her passionate performances and vocal versatility as a rising star on the operatic stage. This season, she adds three new roles to her repertoire: the title role of Puccini’s Tosca with Central City Opera, Princess Turandot in Puccini’s Turandot with Pittsburgh Opera, and the Foreign Princess in Dvorak's Rusalka with Arizona Opera. She also makes her debuts with Palm Beach Opera as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic singing the title role in Puccini's Tosca. She was recently heard as Florencia in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Arizona Opera, and made her Wolf Trap Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to great acclaim. She debuted with North Carolina Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Dayton Opera as Gertrude in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, as well as returning to Pittsburgh Opera as Almera in a new production of Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters. She also covered the Lady-in-Waiting in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti.
Ms. Loutsion spent two summers as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, most recently to cover the role of Leonore in Fidelio conducted by Harry Bicket. She also covered the title role in Puccini's Tosca, the leading role of Anna in Rossini’s Maometto II, and was heard in various scenes including Maddalena di Coigny in Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Elvira in Verdi's Ernani, and Gerhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre at the annual Apprentice Showcase. Ms. Loutsion also spent two seasons as a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera where she was seen as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo, Gertrude and the Witch in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and Annina in Verdi's La traviata. As an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, she was heard as the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and as Melissa in Handel's Amadigi di Gaula, as well as Minerva in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, La Dame Elegante in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen. Other recent performances have included the title role in Madama Butterfly with Opera on the James, Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda with Washington Concert Opera, the Foreign Woman and Magda cover in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera Santa Barbara, Sie in Karl Hartmann's Wachsfiguren Kabinett with the Aspen Music Festival, and the leading role of Isabella in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot as part of the Ring Festival LA.
Ms. Loutsion recently represented the United States as a quarterfinalist in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona, Spain. She was also a winner of the Metropolitan National Council District Auditions and Long Beach Mozart Competition, as well as a finalist in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, McCammon Voice Competition and Dallas Opera Competition. She is the recipient of the Catherine Filene Shouse Education Fund Career Grant from Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera Donald Gramm Memorial Award and Anna Case MacKay Award, Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Central City Opera John Moriarty Award, and the Aspen Music Festival New Horizon Fellowship. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.