Rising soprano Zhanna Alkhazova has most recently made her debut in the title-role 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 will be featured as Liza in highlights from THE QUEEN OF SPADES with the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center. Other appearances include her Jordan Hall debut in a joint recital of operatic highlights, to be repeated at Carnegie Hall this fall. She will perform as the soprano soloist in Dvorak’s THE SPECTRE’S BRIDE with Harvard University Chorus and Orchestra. Later this fall, Ms. Alkhazova is will debut in recital program with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra in Israel, as part of a Russian-Israeli fall festival in Ashdod. 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 MANON LESCAUT. Of her performance in the title-role 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 as Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI and a debut as Leonora IL TROVATORE. Earlier in the season she performed Tamara in Rubinstein’s THE DEMON with Commonwealth Lyric Opera.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Alkhazova made her sang the title-role MANON LESCAUT with Regina Opera. She later made her role-debut as Elizabetta DON CARLO.
In her young career she has already performed the title-roles in TOSCA with Martha Cardona Opera Theater, AIDA with NJ Verismo Opera, IOLANTA with Commonwealth Lyric Opera, and NEDDA 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. She sang in a joint recital of Russian chamber music for the Chamber Art Society in Washington, DC. Internationally, she has performed in Canada, Italy, Ireland, 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 graduated with a Master of Music Degree from Boston University.