Soprano Alexandra Smither is making a name for herself in the worlds of both old and new music. With a vocal technique described as “beautiful, elegant, and masterfully manipulated” (Schmopera), she was named one of Canadian Broadcasting Co’s 2017 “30 Young Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. She was the grand prizewinner at the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatée Competition, earning both first prize and the prize for best performance of the commissioned work, Nicole Lizee’s Malfunctionlieder.
She made her debut with Houston Grand Opera 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 returned to Houston Grand Opera as Diana in Cruzar la cara de la Luna. In her 2018 New York debut at the Baryshnikov Arts Center of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III she was called “an extraordinarily adept soprano, one who can shriek, gurgle, cackle, mutter, gesture, and declaim as well as sing beautifully” (The Threepenny Blog).
As a 2017/2018 Soprano Fellow at the Tanglewood Festival, she made her Seiji Ozawa Hall debut at the Tanglewood Festival alongside Emanuel Ax and Bill Hudgins in Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen. The festival also brought performances of selections from Berg’s Sieben Fruhe Lieder with the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, recital of French song, coached by Roger Vignoles, Bach cantatas under the baton of John Harbison, the premiere of Theo Chandler's Two Taylor Songs, and the premiere of a new work by Oliver Leith under the baton of Thomas Adès. Additionally, her “high bright voice embodied Max’s shrill ravings to perfection” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) in a memorial performance of Oliver Knussen’s “Where the Wild Things Are”, under the baton of Stefan Asbury.
Ms. Smither has held fellowships at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Songfest, Fall Island Vocal Arts, The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, and the Music Academy of the West. Versatile in output, she has appeared in concerts ranging from Barbara Strozzi songs with acclaimed period ensemble Ars Lyrica, to the premiere of a work on climate change written for her at the Metropolis New Music Festival in Melbourne. Passionate about new works, she is a founding member of the Pushback Collective, a duo that explores, commissions, and promotes music that looks beyond the concert hall. 2019/2020 brings performances with Against the Grain Theatre, the California Symphony, National Sawdust and many more. She is absolutely thrilled to be making her Boston Symphony debut alongside her colleagues from Tanglewood. For more please visit www.alexandrasmither.com.