Rising soprano Zhanna Alkhazova has most recently made her debut in the title role of Turandot with NJ Verismo Opera. In her young career, she has already made a positive impression on critics and audiences alike. Of her performance in the title role as Manon Lescaut, James Jorden of the NY Observer wrote:
“ the Manon, Zhanna Alkhazova, 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.”
Her voice has been described as “sultry” and “rich with power to spare”, “an instrument capable of heart-stopping mastery.”
This season, she has made her Sarasota Opera debut in the title role of Manon Lescaut, stepping in for an ailing colleague. Next, she is scheduled to make her Sarasota Festival of Vocal Arts debut singing excerpts from Manon Lescaut. This fall she will return to perform with Russian Chamber Art Society in Washington, DC.
In the 2016-2017 season, she made her Geneva Opera debut in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and a Roman Borgman Opera debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore. Earlier in the season she debuted as Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Opera.
Establishing her career with performances of some of the greatest roles in the dramatic repertoire her operatic credits include Title Role in Tosca, Title Role in Aida, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Micaela in Carmen and Nedda in Pagliacci among others. Ms. Alkhazova has sung with Des Moines Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Opera, New Jersey, Opera Boston, Long Island Opera, Regina Opera, NY Opera Exchange among others.
She is an active performer on concert stages in the United States, where she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. Internationally, she has performed in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Russia, where she headlined a critically acclaimed recital tour. She is a featured soloist with the Refugee Orchestra Project and has been featured on the cover of a Russian-American magazine.
Ms. Alkhazova was awarded top prizes in the NJ Verismo Opera Competition, 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. She currently resides in New York City.