Soprano Zhanna Alkhazova has most recently made her debut in the title role of TURANDOT with NJ Verismo Opera. Of this performance Opera News’ David Shengold wrote: “Zhanna Alkhazova wielded a bright, sword-flashing sound.”
In 2019-2020 season, Ms. Alkhazova be featured as LIZA in highlights from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center. This summer she is engaged to appear in NYC as ELIZABETH in a concert performance of Verdi’s French version of Don Carlos. She will also perform as the soprano soloist in Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride with Harvard University Chorus and Orchestra. Other appearances include her Jordan Hall debut in a joint recital of operatic highlights, same program with which she will appear at Carnegie Hall this fall. Her spring performance with the Russian Chamber Art Society was praised by Leslie Weisman of the DCMetro calling her performance “masterful” and her voice “effortless…with an exquisite ease…”
Last season was Ms. Alkhazova’s Sarasota Opera debut in the title role of MANON LESCAUT, when she stepped in for an ailing colleague. Of her performance in the title role as MANON LESCAUT with Regina Opera, James Jorden of the NY Observer wrote that she “flaunted a cool, silvery soprano with a high C whose poise Anna Netrebko might envy. What’s more, she made the unlikely “love at first sight” plot point in the first act utterly believable with the sort of beguiling flashing glances one reads about but seldom sees outside of an Ava Gardner film.”
In the 2016-2017 season, she made her Geneva Opera debut in the role of DONNA ELVIRA in Don Giovanni and a debut as LEONORA in Il Trovatore. Earlier in the season she debuted as TAMARA in Rubinstein’s The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Opera.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Alkhazova made her debut in the title role of MANON LESCAUT with Regina Opera. She later made her role debut as ELISABETTA in Verdi’s Don Carlo.
In her young career she has already performed the title role in TOSCA with Martha Cardona Opera Theater, the title role in IOLANTA with Commonwealth Lyric Opera and NEDDA in I Pagliacci with New Rochelle Opera. Ms. Alkhazova has sung with Des Moines Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Boston, Long Island Opera and others.
An active concert artist, she performed in Lincoln Center as part of the Chinese New Year Celebration Recital Series and in Carnegie Hall, as a Barry Alexander Vocal Competition winner. Internationally, she has sung in Italy, Ireland, Canada and Russia, where she headlined a critically acclaimed recital tour. She is a frequent featured soloist with the Refugee Orchestra Project and has been featured on the cover of a Russian-American magazine.
Ms. Alkhazova was most recently awarded top prizes in the NJ Verismo Opera Competition. Other awards include top prizes in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, the Arkadi Foundation Competition and the Rhode Island NATS Competition. She was named finalist in the Career Bridges Competition, Kaliningrad International “Nightingale” Competition and a semi-finalist in The Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition and the Elizabeth Connell International Competition for Dramatic Sopranos.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Ms. Alkhazova grew up in the New England area where she completed her studies, graduating with a Master of Music Degree from Boston University.