American soprano Alexandra LoBianco, whom the Seattle Times exclaimed, “gave a subtle but impassioned performance” as the title role in Aida at Seattle Opera, has established herself as a dramatic soprano of unequaled versatility, musicality and consistency. An international presence, Ms. LoBianco recently stepped in for an ailing colleague as Leonore in Fidelio for her debut with the Wiener Staatsoper while under contract for the title role in Turandot. Subsequent appearances with the Wiener Staatsoper included performances of Helmwige in Die Walküre, as well as the Brünnhilde cover, while on tour in Japan.
In the 2019/2020 season, Ms. LoBianco will make her house and role debut as Marianne Leitmetzerin in Die Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera. She will also return to the Santa Fe Opera, performing the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, a role she will join Canadian Opera Company for, and understudy the title role in Tristan und Isolde. She will return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Wagner’s Ring Cycle, performing Helmwige and understudying Brünnhilde; she will also return to North Carolina Opera to sing Brünnhilde in Siegfried and debut with Palm Beach Opera as Turandot.Read more
In the 2018/19 season, Alexandra LoBianco returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for three projects: the covers of Brünnhilde in Siegfried, Chrysothemis in Elektra, for which she went on in role, and performances of the Fourth Maid in Elektra. She also joined North Carolina Opera for the title role in Tosca. Symphonic projects included Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Baltimore Concert Opera, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Madison Symphony, where she previously sang Rachmaninoff’s The Bells.
Operatic highlights of previous seasons have included the title roles of Aida and Tosca with Opera Colorado and Minnesota Opera, respectively, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw with The Dallas Opera, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Florida Grand Opera, the prima donna in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera, and Helmwige with Lyric Opera of Chicago. At Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. LoBianco has performed the title role in Turandot and Minnie in La fanciulla del West. Of her Turandot, Opera Today wrote, “Alexandra LoBianco is well remembered here for her feisty Minnie in a recent season. If Fanciulla is a Big Sing for the soprano, Princess Turandot is a Big Sing on Steroids… Ms. LoBianco is short of physical stature, but makes up for it with potent spinto vocalizing that has its own towering presence.”
Additional repertoire includes Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Leonora in Il trovatore, the title roles in Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, Magda Sorel in The Consul and Brünnhilde in Jonathan Dove’s abridged Ring Cycle. A native of Saint Petersburg, Florida, Alexandra LoBianco received her education in voice, theater and clarinet, and currently resides in Chicago, where she trains the next generation of opera singers and advocates for music education.
“Her large, dark voice has an exciting edge in the upper reaches. LoBianco repeatedly soared over the full orchestral and choral forces. She managed to capture Amelia’s desperate state, radiating real fear at the sight of the gallows”
“ Undaunted by having to strike silent-movie facial expressions and claw the air with Freddy Kruger fingernails, Alexandra LoBianco invested the titular ice-princess with a steely yet pliant dramatic soprano that fearlessly rode the crests of orchestral sound produced in the pit.”
John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune
“…the Des Moines Metro Opera company presented Alexandra LoBianco in the title role of Puccini’s final opera. With force, lyricism, and an absolutely huge top, Miss LoBionco was fire and ice, succumbing to the unnamed Prince (Jonathan Burton) and winning over the audience…”
John S. Twinam, OperaWire
“…LoBianco’s ‘widely terraced dynamics and intensity turned both of Amelia’s arias into high wire displays of emotion, tottering on the brink of unhinged. She is a dramatic soprano of great promise.'”
BWW News Desk, Broadway World