Soprano Alexandra Picard
Alexandra Picard is recognized as one of the most versatile sopranos in the Northwest. Most notable for her portrayals of the Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Musetta and Lucia, the Seattle Times speaks of her “bell-like clarity” while Classical Voice comments on her “charisma and spot-on singing” and, of her performances of La Bohème, the Everett Herald comments that she “makes a big impression … and knocks it out of the ballpark.” As the Queen of the Night, the Spokesman Review raves “… her singing was arresting… Alexandra Picard tossed off the notorious series of high F’s with complete assurance and at a dauntingly high speed.”
She has sung Queen of the Night in Die Zauberfloete for Tacoma Opera, Rogue Opera, the New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy, Willamette Concert Opera, Spokane Opera, and with the University of Washington in collaboration with Pacific MusicWorks. She has sung Lucia di Lammermoor with the University of Washington Orchestra, and has performed Musetta in La Bohème in the Kammersaal in Graz, Austria, for Skagit Opera in Washington, and for the Russian Opera Centre. Other stage roles have included Pamina in Die Zauberfloete in Rome, Italy, and in Seattle, Washington, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Bellevue Opera, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, and Gerhilde in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theater.
In concert Alexandra has enjoyed performances of Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Strauss' Four Last Songs, and Haydn’s The Creation with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and she originated the role of the Ghost of Butterfly in the jazz opera Welcome to the Voice for the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York with Elvis Costello on Broadway. She sang Orff’s Carmina Burana to great acclaim, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G, Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, as well as a gala concert for the Embassy of the United States in Paris, France. Other projects have included Brahms’ Requiem with both Yakima Symphony and Seattle ProMusica, the featured soloist in Brasilia Symphony Orchestra's concert in Brazil under the baton of Alexandre Innecco, and the headline soloist for Northwest Symphony Orchestra's performances of Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, and Gorecki's Symphony Number Three.
Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. Ms. Picard is a Doctoral Candidate in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington. Upcoming projects included concerts with Michael Nicolella (as heard on KING FM), Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah with the Federal Way Symphony, and a performances with Seattle Wind Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Her CD of lullabies with Northwest Symphony Orchestra entitled Dream Songs can be found on iTunes and Amazon. Alexandra recently became appointed Artist-in-Residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, Washington.