Alexandra Pawlus is a Canadian-Polish soprano currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She hails from Kitchener, Ontario, and holds degrees in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Alexandra has performed in the US and Europe, and is beginning to make her mark as a soprano to watch following her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts in 2019. A passionate recitalist alongside her operatic goals, she performs recitals featuring Polish/Slavic repertoire across the Northeast.
After moving to New York in 2019, Alexandra’s pursuit of new music led her to join Lyrica Classical Entertainment’s US Premiere of Emmanual Dubois’ Requiem for the Fallen at Carnegie Hall (debut). The following winter, Alexandra originated the role of Polish immigrant Celia Szapka in Lincoln Center Education’s The Project: A New Opera, a grassroots chamber opera about the women in World War II who unknowingly helped build the hydrogen bomb at Oak Ridge. Alexandra also ventured into music on film, performing in What It’s Worth, (2015) an award-winning short film chamber opera (Award of Excellence; Headline International Film Festival). Ms. Pawlus has also been invited to sing Queen of the Night with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Most recently, she was seen as Drusilla, in Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society’s short film adaptation of L’incoronazione di Poppea (2021).
During her studies, Alexandra performed the roles of Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Stella (Les contes d’Hoffmann) with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, and Filia (Jephte) with the UNCSA Cantata Singers. Shortly after arriving in Boston to pursue her Masters, Alexandra made her professional debut as Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld with Longwood Opera. While at New England Conservatory, she performed the roles of La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), and was a featured performer on the Conservatory’s Liederabend concert series. She has since been invited to perform her recitals in other concert series throughout Boston and New York. She regularly returns to sing in Boston’s largest church, St. Anthony Shrine.
Overseas, Alexandra earned multiple grants to perform with the American Institute of Music Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, Iwonicz-Zdrój Opera Academy in Poland, and sang First Lady (The Magic Flute) with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg. She also received a scholarship to study Polish art song with Ewa Izykowska (Director of Podlasie Opera) at the Frederic Chopin Music Institute in Warsaw, Poland.
Along with her Masters in Vocal Performance from NEC, Ms. Pawlus also earned her Concentration in Vocal Pedagogy, where she studied the vocal techniques of: Marchesi, Vaccai, Complete Vocal Technique (CVT), and extensive study on the techniques of Master Teacher, Helen Hodam. Alexandra has worked closely with leading Pedagogues in the field, such as Dr. Ian Howell, Dr. Kenneth Bozeman, and Dr. Chadley Ballentyne.
Alexandra is currently works as a Teaching Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, alongside her performance and concert work. She hopes to continue specializing in and popularizing Polish opera and art song, and to continue her work in new music, jazz, and musical theatre. Ms. Pawlus looks forward to recording an operatic film adaptation of L’Orfeo in Fall 2021 with Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society.
Alexandra is currently accepting private students in New York City and Boston.
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